The Future of Cannabis Lounges and at Events in Burlington

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City seeks community’s input on future of cannabis lounges and at events in Burlington

The City of Burlington is asking residents to share their thoughts about whether cafes and lounges serving and allowing the consumption of cannabis should be allowed to operate in the city. This survey will help inform the discussion at Burlington City Council on Feb. 24 to respond to the Ontario Government’s online consultation for potential cannabis business opportunities additions. The City’s survey will also ask residents their feedback on potential extension of Special Occasion Permits (SOPs) identified in the Ontario Government’s online consultation. SOP’s would allow cannabis to be served and consumed at festivals and events in public places and spaces.

There are two surveys residents can take:

1) the City of Burlington survey (this survey closed Feb 23)

2) the Province of Ontario survey

The City of Burlington survey is open until 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23. To complete the brief survey, residents must first register or be a member of Get Involved Burlington.

The Ontario Government will accept feedback on this issue until Tuesday, March 10, 2020.

City seeks community’s input on future of cannabis lounges and at events in Burlington

The City of Burlington is asking residents to share their thoughts about whether cafes and lounges serving and allowing the consumption of cannabis should be allowed to operate in the city. This survey will help inform the discussion at Burlington City Council on Feb. 24 to respond to the Ontario Government’s online consultation for potential cannabis business opportunities additions. The City’s survey will also ask residents their feedback on potential extension of Special Occasion Permits (SOPs) identified in the Ontario Government’s online consultation. SOP’s would allow cannabis to be served and consumed at festivals and events in public places and spaces.

There are two surveys residents can take:

1) the City of Burlington survey (this survey closed Feb 23)

2) the Province of Ontario survey

The City of Burlington survey is open until 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23. To complete the brief survey, residents must first register or be a member of Get Involved Burlington.

The Ontario Government will accept feedback on this issue until Tuesday, March 10, 2020.

  • Application for eighth cannabis retail store in Burlington received by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario: Written comments due to Province by May 25

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    13 May, 2020

    The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) has received an application for an eighth cannabis retail store in Burlington called Canada Buds. The proposed location at 1860 Appleby Line, Unit 11B is now up for public comment.

    Written comments about the proposed location will be received by the AGCO until May 25, 2020 and may be submitted online at www.agco.ca/iAGCO. The AGCO will accept submissions from:

    • A resident of the municipality in which the proposed store is located
    • The municipality representing the area in which the proposed store is located and/or its upper-tier municipality.


    Comments submitted to the AGCO should relate to the following matters of public interest:

    • Protecting public health and safety
    • Protecting youth and restricting their access to cannabis
    • Preventing illicit activities in relation to cannabis


    After May 25, the AGCO will consider all written comments and available information to decide whether the application for the proposed store location will be approved.

    Currently there are seven licensed cannabis retail stores in Burlington, including two approved since the ACGO moved to an open licensing system for cannabis retail store applications earlier this year. The seven stores include:

    • Relm Cannabis Co.

    4031 Fairview St. Suite 103

    • Corner Cannabis

    3007 New St.

    • The Hunny Pot Cannabis Co.

    1505 Guelph Line, Unit 3-4

    • Friendly Stranger Plains Road

    1025 and 1059 Plains Rd. E., Unit 3

    • Pioneer Cannabis Co.

    1200 Brant St., Unit B-004

    • mihi

    3500 Dundas St., Unit A1B

    • Canna Cabana Burlington

    2400 Guelph Line, Unit 2


    Quick Facts

    • On Jan. 14, 2019, Burlington City Council voted to allow the operation of retail cannabis stores in Burlington
    • On Apr. 1, 2019, the first round of brick and mortar, privately-operated retail cannabis stores opened across the province
    • The AGCO is licensing and enforcing regulations related to retail cannabis stores in Ontario
    • The ACGO introduced an open licensing system for cannabis retail stores in January 2020. On March 2, 2020, the ACGO began accepting store authorization applications.
    • The provincial requirement for a cannabis retail store is 150 metres from schools (as defined by the Education Act), as per the provincial regulations. The City of Burlington guideline for a cannabis retail store is 500 metres from schools
  • City Position on Expanded Cannabis Sale and Consumption - Deferred to March 9

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    27 February, 2020

    Defer the Mayor’s Report MO-02-20, regarding a City of Burlington Resolution on Expanded Sale and Consumption of Cannabis in public space to a Special Council meeting on March 9, 2020.



  • Download, complete and email back the Government of Ontario’s open market cannabis form

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    13 February, 2020

    The Government of Ontario announced it plans to potentially allow:

    • cannabis ‘lounges’ where people could buy and consume cannabis and

    • cannabis at festivals and events through the Special Occasion Permit (SOP) process, similar to how alcohol is allowed at events.


    Public consultation was announced on Monday Feb. 10, 2020 and the province will accept feedback until Tuesday, March 10, 2020.

    Download the information and complete the Province's survey


  • Fourth Cannabis Retail Store going through Regulatory Approval Process

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    12 December, 2019

    A fourth cannabis retail store in Burlington called Corner Cannabis is going through the regulatory approval process with the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO).

    The proposed location is 3007 New St. at Guelph Line in the Roseland Plaza.

    The public will be able to have its say, when the 15-day public consultation process begins and they will be able to submit their comments.



  • Update from Health Canada about the Productioon and sale of edible cannabis, cannabis extracts and cannabis topicals

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    02 October, 2019
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  • Province has issued a retail operator licence

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    13 March, 2019

    The Province has issued a retail operator license to the applicant for the store in Burlington (103-4031 Fairview St.)


  • Application for a retail cannabis store in Burlington received by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario

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    25 February, 2019

    The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (ACGO) has received an application for a retail cannabis store in Burlington at 103-4031 Fairview St. The application was received on Feb. 19, 2019.

    Written comments about the proposed location at 103-4031 Fairview St. will be received by the AGCO until March 6, 2019 and may be submitted online at www.agco.ca/iAGCO. The AGCO will accept submissions from:

    • A resident of the municipality in which the proposed store is located
    • The municipality representing the area in which the proposed store is located and/or its upper-tier municipality.

    Comments submitted to the AGCO should relate to the following matters of public interest:

    • Protecting public health and safety
    • Protecting youth and restricting their access to cannabis
    • Preventing illicit activities in relation to cannabis.

    After March 6, the AGCO will consider all written comments and available information to decide whether the application for the proposed store location will be approved.

    Quick Facts

    • To date, the AGCO has announced 14 proposed locations for cannabis stores in Ontario, including Burlington. Other proposed locations include, Ajax, Brampton, Kingston, London, Oshawa, Ottawa, St. Catherines, Sudbury, and Toronto. All applications are available to view online at https://www.agco.ca/status-current-cannabis-retail-store-applications
    • On Jan. 14, 2019, Burlington City Council voted to allow the operation of retail cannabis stores in Burlington.
    • Currently, in Ontario, the only place to legally purchase cannabis is online from the Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS).
    • By April 1, 2019, it is anticipated that brick and mortar, privately-operated retail cannabis stores will be operational across the province.
    • The ACGO is licensing and enforcing regulations related to retail cannabis stores in Ontario.


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