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 20m 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.

Resources for educators

Cannabis information for Schools and School Boards (PDF, 324 KB)

Cannabis: What Educators Need to Know (PDF, 888 KB)

Elementary Educator Discussion Guide

Secondary Educator Discussion Guide

Information on suspension/expulsion, reporting and responding to incidents, the provincial Code of Conduct and more at Safe and Accepting Schools

Information about the elementary and secondary curriculum

Memo to Directors of Education, re: Updating and Supporting Schools – Recreational Cannabis Legalization – October 17, 2018

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

Vaping: What elementary school educators need to know

Vaping: What secondary school educators need to know

General information on cannabis

Ontario information and rules about recreational cannabis

Ontario Cannabis Store

Government of Canada information and rules about recreational cannabis

Cannabis health effects

Laws and Risks of Impaired Driving

Information for parents

Information and resources for parents