Important information about the legalization of recreational cannabis


The following is a message to the University community from Carol McAulay, vice-president, finance and administration:

On Oct. 17, recreational cannabis will become legal in Canada.

In Ontario, individuals must be 19 years of age to buy, use, possess and grow recreational cannabis. This is the same as the minimum age for the sale of tobacco and alcohol in Ontario. York University complies with provincial legislation and regulations regarding smoking and will comply with provincial legislation surrounding the use of recreational cannabis.

Although the federal government has passed legislation that will legalize recreational cannabis, federal and provincial governments have not yet finalized all regulations related to the use of cannabis products. As cannabis legalization continues to evolve, York University remains committed to maintaining a safe, secure and healthy environment for its community members through information sharing and education. We will continue to assess the changing landscape, consult with the community and adjust our policies to reflect legislative changes and University decisions. For an overview of Ontario’s cannabis legalization rules, please visit

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