Cannabis Legislation and Our Schools 


As of October 17, 2018, it will be leg​al for individuals 19 and over to buy, use and possess recreational cannabis. Cannabis will remain illegal for anyone under 19 years of age. It is also illegal to provide cannabis to someone under the age of 19. This is the same as the minimum age for the sale of tobacco and alcohol in Ontario.

It is not permitted to smoke or vape cannabis:

  • at school, on school grounds, and all public areas within 20m of these grounds
  • on children’s playgrounds and public areas within 20m of playgrounds
  • in child care centres, or where an early years program is provided
  • in places where home child care is provided – even if children are not present

As a Catholic school community, we are committed to ensuring safety in our schools and workplaces. ​The Halton Catholic District School Board does not permit the use of recreational cannabis at school or board sanctioned activities or events.

Our existing policies and procedures provide the necessary steps for schools to follow when students are found to be in possession of or under the influence of drugs. The Student Code of Conduct outlines expectations of student behaviour, including consequences related to drugs and alcohol.

Our staff have the safety and well-being of our students in mind at all times and will continue to ensure that students are aware of the dangers and repercussions of drug use.​

Resources

The following resources provide facts about cannabis, risk factors associated with use, and ways to engage youth in the conversation about cannabis:

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