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. On December 10, 2018, 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

Following a period of public consultation and seeking input from residents and stakeholders, on December 7, 2020, staff recommend that the City opt in to allow the retail sale of cannabis within Pickering. View Report LEG 10-20


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