Stay Informed
e-newsletter Icon

Join our Mailing Lists to stay in the loop

The latest news and council updates delivered to your inbox. Sign up for our e-newsletters.

Facebook Icon
Twitter Icon


Download our Pingstreet App   Construction-Map   Public Notices

Recreational Cannabis Retail Stores in St. Catharines

Have your say

We want your feedback on the issue of retail cannabis outlets in the City of St. Catharines.

On Jan. 14, 2019 Council will consider a report to opt-in or opt-out of hosting retail cannabis stores in St. Catharines. To help inform this report, the City is seeking feedback from residents on the sale of cannabis in licensed retail outlets in St. Catharines.

Online survey

St. Catharines residents are asked to share their opinion on locating recreational cannabis retail stores in the City as part of an online survey.

This survey will provide an opportunity to share your thoughts on retail cannabis stores. The survey will be open until Dec. 14, 2018.

Public meeting

During a public meeting on Dec. 11, City staff provided a presentation on the legislative and regulatory framework for permitting private retail cannabis stores. Thank you to those who attended. Your feedback is appreciated.


  • Recreational cannabis was legalized Oct. 17, 2018 by the federal government. The Province of Ontario has laws in place about how, where and who can buy and possess cannabis in Ontario. You can learn more about Ontario’s rules and regulations for legal use here, as well as the federal framework here.
  • On Oct. 17, the Province provided a model for the establishment of private retail stores for the sale of legalized recreational cannabis. The Alcohol and Gaming Commission (AGCO) is charged with licencing, regulating and enforcement of private cannabis retail stores.
  • The AGCO will begin accepting applications for new stores in December of 2018 with the intent to have private retail cannabis stores operational by April 1, 2019.
  • Prior to issuing any licences for the operation of a private cannabis retail store, the Province is giving all local municipalities the opportunity to opt-in or opt-out of locating recreational cannabis retail stores within the municipality. The municipality deadline is Jan. 22, 2019.

To provide direct input or to obtain further information regarding the establishment of recreation cannabis retail stores, contact Bruce Bellows, Senior Planner, Planning and Building Services Department, at 905-688-5601, ext. 1706, via email at, or through the City’s TTY number (text telephone) at 905- 688- 4TTY (4889).

Copyright © 2014 The Corporation of the City of St. Catharines