Legalization of Recreational Cannabis

As the government gets ready for the federal legalization of recreational cannabis, parents/guardians and educators may have questions about the steps Ontario is taking to protect children and youth, the impact this may have on schools and what information and supports are available to parents/guardians and students.

Rules for Minimum Age

In December 2017, Ontario passed legislation that establishes rules for the lawful use, sale and distribution of recreational cannabis.

The new law sets a minimum age of 19 to use, buy, possess and cultivate cannabis in Ontario. This is the same as the minimum age for tobacco and alcohol sales.

Even though recreational cannabis will be legal for adults, 19 and older, it will still be prohibited in schools.

Working to protect youth

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

Resources for educators

Cannabis Information for Educators (PDF, 309 KB)

Information on suspension/expulsion, reporting and responding to incidents, code of conduct and more at

Information about the elementary and secondary curriculum

Memo to Directors of Education, re: Legalization of Cannabis Update – November 6, 2017

Memo to Directors of Education, re: Legalization of Cannabis: Supports for Schools – April 19, 2017

School Mental Health ASSIST helps Ontario school boards to promote student mental health and well-being

Supporting Bias-Free Progressive Discipline in Schools Resource Guide

Supporting Minds: An Educator's Guide to Promoting Students' Mental Health and Well-Being

General information on cannabis

Ontario's plans for cannabis legalization, including legalization timeline

How the Ministry of Finance and LCBO are choosing future sites for Ontario Cannabis Store locations

Health effects of cannabis on the brain and body
Laws and risks of Impaired Driving

Resources for parents

Legalization of Recreational Cannabis – Information and resources for parents