Legalization of Recreational Cannabis

Recreational cannabis was legalized by the federal government on October 17, 2018. As a result, Ontario is taking steps to protect children and youth and is providing information and supports to parents, students and schools.

Rules for Minimum Age

Ontario’s cannabis legislation sets a minimum age of 19 to use, buy, possess, cultivate or distribute cannabis in Ontario. This is the same as the minimum age for tobacco and alcohol sales.

Even though recreational cannabis is legal for adults, 19 or older, it is still not permitted at schools, on school property and at school-related activities. In addition, smoking or vaping cannabis is prohibited at schools, on school grounds, and all public areas within 20 metres of these grounds.

Working to protect youth

The Ministry of Education is working collaboratively with community partners and other ministries across government to increase awareness about cannabis, help prevent and/or delay cannabis use among youth, promote healthy decision-making and ensure student safety.

Information for parents/guardians and caregivers

Cannabis: What Parents/Guardians and Caregivers Need to Know (PDF, 908 KB)

Cannabis Talk Kit: Know How to Talk to your Teen

Talking to teens about drug use

Information from the Ministry of Education about the health and physical education curriculum, safe and accepting schools and more, available in many languages

Information for youth

Kids Help Phone – Cannabis : Important Things to Know

General information on cannabis

Ontario information and rules about recreational cannabis

Ontario Cannabis Stores

Government of Canada information and rules about recreational cannabis

Cannabis health effects

Laws and Risks of Impaired Driving

Information for educators

Information and resources for educators



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