Cannabis Retail Survey

As of October 17, 2018, Cannabis is legal to produce, sell, distribute, possess and consume.

In Ontario, cannabis can now be purchased online, but there are no government-operated stores. Next year on April 1st, 2019, the Province of Ontario will allow privately-owned stores to operate within municipalities that allow it.

While Municipalities will have the opportunity to permit or prohibit the operation of cannabis retail stores within their boundaries, the government will be responsible to license and to set controls for these stores through the Alcohol Gaming Commission of Ontario. There will be no caps on the number of licenses allowed in each municipality, however, a distance between private cannabis retail stores and schools will be established.

Municipalities have until January 22, 2019 to decide whether or not to permit the operation of retail stores within their boundaries. Guelph City Council will make this decision on December 17, 2018.

Municipalities that permit stores to operate within their boundaries will receive a share of $40 million of funding over the next two years for costs related to hosting storefronts. Municipalities that do not allow retail stores will not be eligible for this funding.

Please take a moment to complete the survey. Your feedback will be used to develop a report to Guelph City Council. You must be 19 years of age or older to complete this survey.

Personal information, as defined by the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA) is collected under the authority of the Municipal Act, 2001, and in accordance with the provisions of MFIPPA. Personal information on this survey will be used to inform decisions about cannabis retail in Guelph. If you have questions about this collection; use, and disclosure of this information, contact the City of Guelph’s Access, Privacy and Records Specialist at 519-822-1260 extension 2349 or