The City of Pickering is encouraging residents to have their say on the future of cannabis retail stores in Pickering.

Factors to Consider:

  1. The City will not be able to impose regulations on the location of cannabis retail stores, severely limiting its role in whether a proposed location is suitable for the community.  Cannabis Retail Stores may be proposed in any location where retail sales are permitted.  Cannabis Retail Stores must be “stand alone” storefronts. The AGCO has confirmed that there will be no direct notification of proposed retail cannabis stores in the municipality. A 15 day public notification will be provided by placard posting and on the AGCO website. 
  2. The only setback regulation the province has imposed regarding the location of retail cannabis stores is a 150 m (500 foot) setback from all schools, public or private.
  3. Cannabis will be available via the internet and used by members of the public, regardless of the presence of a retail cannabis storefront.
  4. Limiting the availability of cannabis retail stores may further support the illegal cannabis trade, which does not restrict access to minors or ensure product quality and safety.
  5. Municipalities that opt-out must also consider the public perceptions of the municipality and how the prohibition of retail cannabis stores may affect economic development opportunities.

The Province of Ontario has designated the Alcohol & Gaming Commission of Ontario as the provincial regulator authorized to grant store licences and ensure stores comply with all applicable federal and provincial legislation.

Municipalities were provided until January 22, 2019 to determine whether they wished to opt-out of allowing retail cannabis stores in their communities. The City of Pickering Council decided to opt-out, to allow a public process prior to allowing retail cannabis stores in Pickering. View the Report to Council LEG 08-18

Public Alcohol Consumption

The City of Pickering is also encouraging residents to have their say on whether or not they would support public alcohol consumption, should the provincial government permit municipalities to legalize the consumption of alcohol in public parks.


Our survey is now closed.

Past Community Pop-ups

  • Saturday, May 25, 2019 from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm at Pickering City Hall
  • Friday, May 31, 2019 from 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm at Pickering Ribfest
  • Friday, June 21, 2019 from 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm at the Pickering Town Centre (lower level outside of the food court area)


To learn more about the legalization, use, and FAQ’s of cannabis, visit the Ontario Cannabis web page.