Earlier this summer, the Ontario government announced that it would be moving to the next phase of its plan to license private cannabis retailers.
On July 3, 2019, Rod Phillips, Minister of Finance, and Doug Downey, Attorney General, announced that the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO), the provincial regulator for cannabis retail storefronts, would be conducting a second lottery for 42 private cannabis retail store authorizations.
No exact addresses were provided, however, it was revealed that the next few stores would be in the following areas.
- East Region: seven stores
- GTA Region: six stores
- Toronto Region: 13 stores
- West Region: 11 stores
- North Region: One store in each of the following cities: Kenora, North Bay, Sault Ste. Marie, Thunder Bay, and Timmins
Now however, according to a recent AGCO press release, 42 applicants have been notified that they can apply for a cannabis retail store authorization.
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And two of these applicants are located in Burlington. One applicant, Cory Floyd Cacciavillani, has proposed a store location at 1025 Plains Rd. E., and another applicant, 2674620 Ontario Limited, has proposed a store location at 1505 Guelph Line (Unit 3 – 4).
A few other nearby applicants are located in Kitchener, Hamilton, Stoney Creek, Ancaster, Niagara Falls, Guelph, and St. Catharines.
Applicants have until Aug. 28, 2019, to apply. Once they have done so, the AGCO will proceed with its full eligibility and licensing review.
The new private cannabis retail stores will be authorized upon meeting all requirements and approved to open on a rolling basis, beginning in October 2019.
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