The legalization of non-medical cannabis across Canada presents challenges for all orders of government.

Local governments are on the front lines in communities where cannabis products are legally produced, sold and consumed. For them, cannabis legalization means new bylaws and processes for local police and up to 17 other departments. Their new responsibilities span land zoning, business licensing and responding to nuisance complaints—all of which come with new costs.

We support municipalities like yours with planning tools to help you adapt municipal operations to this new reality. We also advocate federally for the financial tools necessary to get implementation right. It's an opportunity to modernize how governments work together to keep Canadians safe and well served.

Quick facts
Up to 17
municipal departments impacted by legalization
+$210M
annual costs for local governments from legalization
25%
federal excise tax revenue earmarked to support local costs
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