Beginning October 17, it will be legal for adults 19 years of age or older to possess, grow at home, and consume cannabis in Ontario. Some limits still apply.
Adults 19 years of age or older may possess up to 30 grams of cannabis, in any combination of dried plants, oils, tinctures or edible products.
Youth under 19 years of age may not possess cannabis without medical authorization.
Buying, selling and sharing
Begining October 17, adults 19 years of age or older may only legally purchase recreational cannabis online through the Ontario Cannabis Store website.
In Ontario, selling or sharing cannabis with someone who is under 19 years of age is strictly prohibited.
Social sharing, or “passing a joint," is permitted between persons 19 years of age or older unless the person receiving the cannabis is intoxicated.
The Province of Ontario has determined that it will permit the sale of cannabis from retail stores beginning in April 2019.
Places of use
In Ontario, cannabis may be consumed anywhere tobacco products can be consumed, but not in motor vehicles and boats.
Some of the places where smoking cannabis and tobacco are prohibited are:
In Ottawa, smoking and vaping cannabis is not allowed:
- On City property, such as City parks and beaches, arenas, recreational centres, pools, transit stations and buses
- In enclosed public places, such as inside businesses, hospitals and restaurants
- In enclosed workplaces
- In common areas of apartment buildings, condominiums, and college and university residences, such as hallways, elevators, laundry rooms and entertainment rooms
- At and near schools
- On hospital grounds
- At Child-care centres
- In and near children’s playgrounds
- On and near restaurant or bar patios
Landlords, condominium boards and co-operative housing boards may place additional restrictions on cannabis use. It is your responsibility to check what rules apply to your building.
In Ontario, adults may grow up to four cannabis plants per household for personal use. Plants can be grown within your own home or yard. Seeds must be purchased from the Ontario Cannabis Store.
If you reside in a multi-unit residential building, a co-operative or a condominium, additional rules and restrictions might apply to home cultivation. Ask your landlord, co-operative board or condominium board about the rules that apply to your building.