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Town seeks resident feedback on key cannabis issues from December 4-14

Residents, businesses and community groups are invited to participate in Town cannabis consultations from December 4-14. The Town will be gathering feedback about private retail and places of use restrictions.

Download the Flyer Here.

Two (2) in-person pop-ups*:

  • December 4 at McLean Community Centre from 6 to 8 p.m.
  • December 6 at G Centre, Ajax Plaza from 3 to 6 p.m.

Additional surprise pop-ups:

  • Ajax Library - Dec. 11, 10-12
  • Ajax Community Centre - Dec. 11, 2:30-4:30
  • Audley Recreation Centre - Dec. 12, 11-1
  • McLean Community Centre - Dec. 14, 10-12

*Town staff & stakeholder representatives will be present to answer questions. Paper surveys will be available on site.

Cannabis Survey

Online survey December 7 - 14

Paper surveys will be available December 7 - 14 at

  • Ajax Library Main Branch – 55 Harwood Ave. S.
  • Ajax Community Centre – 75 Centennial Rd.
  • McLean Community Centre – 95 Magill Dr.
  • Audley Recreation Centre – 1955 Audley Rd. N.

Telephone poll will launch December 7 and continue until we have a minimum of 600 completed surveys. Calls will be conducted by Prime Contact and homes will be called at random.

Staff will be making surprise visits to facilities the week of December 10. The schedule will be shared publicly closer to the date at ajax.ca/cannabis and on the Town’s social media channels.

QUICK FACTS

  • Recreational cannabis became legal in Canada on October 17, 2018.
  • In Ontario, it is legal to consume cannabis anywhere you can smoke cigarettes, except in vehicles.
  • The Smoke Free Ontario Act restricts smoking within 20 metres of playgrounds, sports fields and ball parks; on community centre property; and in other key areas like around hospitals.
  • Local councils are able to put in place further restrictions around places of use through by-laws.
  • Private retail locations must be more than 150 metres from schools.
  • Ajax Council has until January 22, 2019 to opt in or out of allowing private retail in the Town.

FAQs for residents

Who can consume (smoke, vape or ingest) cannabis? 
In Ontario, you must be a minimum of 19+.
Where can I legally purchase cannabis?

In Ontario, those 19+ can only purchase from the Ontario Cannabis Store website. In Ontario, retail stores will not legally open until April 1, 2019. 

Note: the sale of edible cannabis products is still illegal in Canada. 

Will the Town allow cannabis retail locations in Ajax? 
This will be a decision of the new Council, made at a Council meeting in early 2019. The deadline to decide whether to allow (opt-in) or disallow (opt-out) cannabis retail locations in Ajax is January 22, 2019. 
Where can I consume (smoke, vape or ingest) cannabis in Ontario? 

Provincial law allows for cannabis consumption anywhere you can consume tobacco products, with the exception of vehicles. These restrictions are outlined in the Smoke Free Ontario Act. Municipalities (including the Region of Durham) may implement local bylaws to further restrict where cannabis can be consumed. 

Note: The Town currently does not allow smoking: 

  • In enclosed public placed and enclosed workplaces (including Town facilities). 
  • Within 15 metres of public entrances to Town facilities. 
  • Within 20 metres of children's playgrounds and publicly owned sports fields, etc. 
Will the Town consider additional restrictions on cannabis consumption? 
A report addressing current provincial legislation and other cannabis considerations will come to Ajax Council in early 2019. 
Who should I call if I have a complaint about cannabis smoking?
The Town will only be enforcing current bylaws and restrictions. Other concerns including odour will not be addressed. If you are concerned about someone driving under the influence or need to report a disturbance (party, etc.) please contact Durham Regional Police Services. 

Helpful Links - legislation and background:

Media Contact: Rachael Matheson, Sr. Communications Officer, 905-619-2529 x 3377