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Possible Location of Private Recreational Cannabis Retail Stores in Tiny

July 3, 2019

On July 3, 2019, the Ontario Government announced that the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO), the provincial regulator for cannabis retail storefronts, has been given authority to conduct a second lottery for private cannabis retail store authorizations.  Private retailers will add up to 50 stores, with 42 chosen by lottery and 8 reserved for First Nations. As in the first lottery, rules set a maximum number of stores per region.

Prospective retailers must meet prequalification criteria, including access to appropriate retail space and capital, to apply. The lottery will take place on August 20, 2019 with results announced within 24 hours. All municipalities that DID NOT opt out of cannabis retail are eligible, regardless of population.

Under the July 3, 2019 announcement by the Ontario Government, the Township is now eligible for cannabis retail store authorizations.

Government of Ontario News Release: Ontario Moving Forward with Next Round of Cannabis Stores: Province to Conduct Second Licence Lottery, Add 50 New Stores


January 14, 2019

At its Committee of the Whole Meeting on January 14, 2019, Council considered the opportunity to opt-out of permitting cannabis retail stores within Tiny.  Council considered a presentation from the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit on the matter, as well as correspondence from residents.  A recommendation to opt out of permitting cannabis retail stores within Tiny was voted upon and resulted in a tie vote.  Consequently, the recommendation failed.  No further action was taken by Council on the matter.  As a result, the Township opted in. 

In accordance with Ontario Regulation 497/18, the Township of Tiny was not eligible for cannabis retail store authorizations on January 14, 2019 due to having a population of less than 50,000.


December 13, 2019

Ontario Regulation 497/18 was introduced to amend Ontario Regulation 468/18 by adding that no more than 25 retail store authorizations may be issued and in effect at any given time. Further, O. Reg. 497/18 added that until such time as more than 25 retail store authorizations may be issued, none may be issued to a cannabis retail store located in a municipality with a population of less than 50,000.


November 14, 2018

The Province of Ontario committed to allowing private recreational cannabis retail stores throughout Ontario starting April 1, 2019.  Ontario Regulation 468/18, made under the Cannabis Licence Act, 2018, provides information on how these private businesses will be licensed and regulated by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario.  Under Ontario Regulation 468/18, the Government of Ontario gave the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) the mandate to hold a lottery to determine who may apply for Retail Operator Licences.


Additional Resources

Please follow the links below for more information including the Cannabis Licence Act, Ontario Regulation 468/18, Ontario Regulation 497/18 and the role of the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario:

Cannabis Licence Act, 2018

Ontario Regulation 468/18 - Provides information on how private businesses will be licensed and regulated by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario.

Ontario Regulation 497/18 - Amends Ontario Regulation 468/18 to provide for a phased approach to Cannabis retail licensing due to national supply shortages.

Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario

For further information on this matter, please contact Sue Walton, Director of Legislative Services/Clerk at 705-526-4204, Ext. 225.