Province providing funding to municipalities to combat illegal cannabis market


Province announces third round of funding to support implementation of recreational cannabis

Ontario is partnering with municipalities to combat the illegal cannabis market and keep our communities safe by providing municipalities with $6.74 million through the Ontario Cannabis Legalization Implementation Fund (OCLIF). The government is also investing $3.26 million to support municipalities with enhanced enforcement against illegal cannabis operations.

“Municipalities are important partners in the implementation of recreational cannabis legalization,” said Rod Phillips, Minister of Finance. “We look forward to continuing to work together to protect our youth and communities and combat the illegal cannabis market.”

OCLIF was announced in 2018 as a $40 million initiative over two years to help municipalities with the implementation costs of recreational cannabis legalization. Earlier this year, the government provided municipalities with $30 million, and set aside $10 million to address costs from unforeseen circumstances related to the legalization of recreational cannabis with priority given to municipalities that did not opt-out of hosting cannabis retail stores.

Ontario is investing $3.06 million this year to help with enhanced enforcement through provincial joint forces cannabis enforcement teams, led by the Ontario Provincial Police. This is in addition to a targeted investment of $200,000 to the Toronto Police Service to support their efforts in combatting illegal cannabis operations in the City of Toronto.

“Enforcement teams work on a regional basis and are available to all municipalities and First Nations,” Phillips said. “This collaborative approach enables law enforcement to target crime across the province in a coordinated, consistent way.”

This week, the government is continuing to take a responsible approach to opening cannabis stores across Ontario, allowing private sector businesses to build a safe and convenient retail system to combat the illegal market, issuing up to 50 additional new cannabis store retail store authorizations.


  • The government has distributed the remaining $6.74 million in OCLIF funding on a per household basis to municipalities that did not opt-out of hosting retail stores as of January 22, 2019, adjusted so that each recipient municipality received at least $5,000.
  • Municipalities were provided a one-time opportunity to opt-out of permitting cannabis retail stores within their boundaries. The deadline to opt-out was January 22, 2019.
  • Municipalities must use the funding to pay for costs directly related to the legalization of recreational cannabis.
  • Recreational cannabis was legalized in Canada in October 2018.


  1. People forget to see the bigger picture, it’s not about the profit of the corporation, it’s about the criminalization of the people, laws that they have enacted are unconstitutional, from the right for police to enter your home, stop your car, take DNA samples, have you charged for usesge not impairment. Inact property forfeiture laws. All unconstitutional and all legal.

  2. The right to participate in the Cannabis market and be ‘LEGAL’

    Is reserved for a ‘PRIVELAGED CLASS’



    IS A CRIMINAL. Good luck applying.

  3. MAFIA STATE is an old relic. The remnants of an illegitimate ‘CROWN’ responsible for wholesale human rights abuse, the whole world over.

    In the USA, they fought the very same practices which we are continually subject to here in Canada. The resistance to the same kinds of ridiculous abuses of power and subjugation of the public is enshrined in the Americans ‘right to bear arms’. THEY took their stand. We remained loyal subjects.

    NOW we know what these institutions have been responsible for. We recognize the conspiracy against the public. We are aware of the cartels that force us to pay triple the cost for sub par goods and services. We see now with Cannabis the willingness of the STATE, the POLICE, and the FEDS to COLLUDE and create a nationalized CARTEL that will destroy the lives of the people who fought to create a legal market, and criminalize them, and destroy any competitors with their MONOPOLY.


    These scumbags who are seated on illegitimate thrones carry on the legacy of their forebears and wanna use the whole Public Health and Safety Campaign as an elaborate premise to revive not just prohibition, and anti-competitive Cartel practices. This will be replicated for other markets, and exported worldwide.

    POLICE STATE is here now. Just look at the characters in Trudummies band of criminals.

  4. The government and authorities need to take a step back.. and focus on what is really ruining people’s lives.

    Stop waisting money on combating “illigal” cannabis. Start improvements on combating narcotics and other dirty drugs. Think out side the box and Crack down on what is the real problem. Family’s are being broken, kids are dying, healthcare is taking a hit and poverty is going up. I’m tired of walking places and seeing a needle there, a dime bag there.

    I was in the mall the other day and someone dropped their drugs of choice, and what they were smoking it in ,and it smashed all over the place. No matter where I go in this city. I see it everywhere. Everyone is impacted. EVERYONE.

    Keep in mind. Addicts are people too, they are someone’s dad, child, and friend. But we need to crack down on the dealers.

  5. Most of us want the legal market to adopt methodology and product quality of the black market

    Only some wildly out of touch old conservertives could do this

    And it’s not surprising
    Welcome to northern Ontario where dumb is smart and smart is illegal

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