We have been working with our City partners in preparation for the legalization of cannabis for those aged 19 or over.

For any of the following information, please visit

  • Buying and selling cannabis
  • Using cannabis
  • Cultivating cannabis for personal use
  • Edible cannabis products
  • Complaints about the odour of cannabis


Plan a safe ride. Do not drive impaired by drugs or alcohol.

The Ottawa Police Service remains committed to public safety, including impaired driving.

We have 28* trained Drug Recognition Experts and more than 350* trained Standardized Field Sobriety Test officers who will detect impairment by alcohol, prescription and non-prescription drugs.

If you are planning to use cannabis, plan a safe ride with a sober friend, use OC Transpo, Uber, Lyft, or a taxi.

If you see an impaired driver, call 911 immediately.

Understand the risks of impairment and learn more about impaired driving.

The use of cannabis became legal on October 17, 2018.

The Ottawa Police Service is responsible for issues related to:

For health-related information, please visit Ottawa Public Health.


Cannabis cannot be consumed in certain public places, workplaces or motorized vehicles.

Consumption of cannabis products is not allowed on City property, including parks, arenas, recreation centres, libraries, pools, transit stations and buses.

It will be legal to consume cannabis anywhere smoking tobacco is allowed, subject to certain restrictions.

Restrictions may also be contingent upon agreements governing multi-unit dwellings and condos.

The Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017, prohibits smoking or vaping cannabis where smoking or vaping tobacco is prohibited.

Non-medical cannabis use is regulated under the Federal Cannabis Act and the Provincial Cannabis Control Act, 2017.

For a full list of places you cannot consume cannabis, along with other valuable information, visit

For more information on the SFOA, visit the Province of Ontario.


A person 19+ is allowed to have 30 grams (about one ounce) of cannabis in public at any time.

A person 19+ is allowed to grow up to four (4) budding plants of cannabis. This is per residence, not per person.


*The number of trained officers is accurate as of October 16, 2019. Subject to change.