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 parents

Cannabis: What Parents/Guardians and Caregivers Need to Know

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 multiple languages

Resources for youth

Kids Help Phone info
Important things to Know

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 educators

Legalization of Recreational Cannabis – Information and resources for educators