Statement from the City of Brantford regarding Cannabis Retail Announcement 

For Immediate Release
12/12/2017 
Contact: Maria Visocchi, Director, Communications & Community Engagement 
Phone: 519-759-4150 

The City can confirm that we have received formal notification from the Ministry of Finance that the City of Brantford has been identified for the location of at least one initial cannabis retail store by July 2018. It is our understanding that in implementing the rollout of legalized cannabis retail outlets, the Province is committed to engaging with the City to ensure that municipal feedback is considered throughout the planning and development process. City staff have recently met with Ministry of Finance officials and representatives from the LCBO to discuss the criteria for site selection as well as the education and awareness campaign that will be a vital component of the retail launch in our community.

Together with our provincial partners, the City will ensure that decisions about store location(s) are made based on the goal of protecting young people, and keeping our community safe. We have been assured that the LCBO will use strict guidelines to identify specific store locations with the objective of ensuring that vulnerable populations are protected and illegal market activity is mitigated. This criteria includes ensuring stores are not located in close proximity to schools.

We understand and expect that residents of Brantford will have many questions regarding this development. The City is dedicated to providing information to the public regarding the site selection and implementation process in Brantford as it becomes available in the coming months. In the meantime, residents who have questions or wish to provide feedback are encouraged to visit the LCBO cannabis retail website at: https://lcbocannabisupdates.com/.