Cannabis Operations Study

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The City of St. Catharines is welcoming public input regarding a background study on the land-use impacts of cannabis production facilities, including related ancillary uses, within the City’s Agriculture and Employment Zones.

The Cannabis Act came into effect in October 2018 which had the effect of legalizing the production, sale and use of cannabis for recreational purposes in Canada. In February of 2020, the City of St Catharines enacted an interim control by-law to temporarily suspend the establishment of new cannabis growing facilities until such time as a study on the land use impacts and alternatives for municipal regulation of these facilities is completed. That study is now underway.

The City of St. Catharines has retained SGL Planning and Design to evaluate potential land use impacts associated with the production of cannabis as a land use and to identify alternatives for municipal regulation. Under the Cannabis Act, the commercial growing of cannabis for both medical and recreational purposes is a federally regulated activity. The City also has available tools to regulate this land use through the Official Plan, Zoning By-law and Site Plan Control By-law which may include site design and location requirements. The purpose of this Cannabis Operations Study is to investigate and consider cannabis production facilities as a land use and to assess and recommend changes to the City’s land use planning tools, as needed, to regulate this land use.

The City and SGL hosted an information session on Sept. 28, which included a presentation by SGL on the findings of their background study and alternatives for municipal regulation. Members of the public were also welcome to participate.

There is still time to share your input and ask questions. You can watch the meeting below, and then submit any feedback or questions via the form below. Comments will be accepted until Oct. 10.

Input from the meeting, as well as that provided through this page, will be considered by the consultants, and a recommendation for the study will be brought back to Council for consideration in early 2022.


The City of St. Catharines is welcoming public input regarding a background study on the land-use impacts of cannabis production facilities, including related ancillary uses, within the City’s Agriculture and Employment Zones.

The Cannabis Act came into effect in October 2018 which had the effect of legalizing the production, sale and use of cannabis for recreational purposes in Canada. In February of 2020, the City of St Catharines enacted an interim control by-law to temporarily suspend the establishment of new cannabis growing facilities until such time as a study on the land use impacts and alternatives for municipal regulation of these facilities is completed. That study is now underway.

The City of St. Catharines has retained SGL Planning and Design to evaluate potential land use impacts associated with the production of cannabis as a land use and to identify alternatives for municipal regulation. Under the Cannabis Act, the commercial growing of cannabis for both medical and recreational purposes is a federally regulated activity. The City also has available tools to regulate this land use through the Official Plan, Zoning By-law and Site Plan Control By-law which may include site design and location requirements. The purpose of this Cannabis Operations Study is to investigate and consider cannabis production facilities as a land use and to assess and recommend changes to the City’s land use planning tools, as needed, to regulate this land use.

The City and SGL hosted an information session on Sept. 28, which included a presentation by SGL on the findings of their background study and alternatives for municipal regulation. Members of the public were also welcome to participate.

There is still time to share your input and ask questions. You can watch the meeting below, and then submit any feedback or questions via the form below. Comments will be accepted until Oct. 10.

Input from the meeting, as well as that provided through this page, will be considered by the consultants, and a recommendation for the study will be brought back to Council for consideration in early 2022.


Community Input & Questions

Please provide any feedback or questions related to the cannabis operations background study and the presentation by the City and consultant. Staff will consider all feedback and work to reply to any resident questions.

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Page last updated: 30 September 2021, 11:42