Aldershot to get its own retail cannabis outlet.

News 100 yellowBy Staff

December 13th, 2019



The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) has received an application for a fourth cannabis retail store in Burlington called the Friendly Stranger Plains Road. The proposed location at 1025 and 1059 Plains Rd East, Unit 3 is now up for public comment.

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Opening day at a Burlington cannabis store.

Written comments about the proposed location will be received by the AGCO until Dec. 27 and may be submitted online at The AGCO will accept submissions from:

• A resident of the municipality in which the proposed store is located
• The municipality representing the area in which the proposed store is located and/or its upper-tier municipality.
Comments submitted to the AGCO should relate to the following matters of public interest:
• Protecting public health and safety
• Protecting youth and restricting their access to cannabis
• Preventing illicit activities in relation to cannabis

After Dec. 27, the AGCO will consider all written comments and available information to decide whether the application for the proposed store location will be approved.

Burlington has two cannabis stores authorized by the AGCO and open. Three more applications are in progress, one of which is the Friendly Stranger Plains Road.

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Ward 1 Councillor Kelvin Galbraith.

Ward 1 Councillor Kelvin Galbraith said “We heard from a few of the delegations when we were debating the cannabis retail bylaw for Burlington that Plains road would be an ideal location for a few stores. Not surprising that we are now seeing our first application. This location meets all of our current city and provincial guidelines and fills a vacant space that has struggled to maintain a business operation.  Cannabis is a legal product and this provides a convenient location to the surrounding community to purchase a product that is produced and regulated by the higher levels of government.”

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Mayor Marianne Meed Ward

Mayor Marianne Meed Ward said: “This location meets all of the City of Burlington’s criteria and retail store guidelines for our preferred locations. While we continue to learn from the launch of this new industry and watch it evolve, our City has been a leader in creating our own made-in Burlington guidelines of where we would like to see these types of stores located and their proximity to sensitive land uses. The City opted in to permitting retail cannabis stores and we need to continue to see them as a legitimate part of our local business community.”

Quick Facts: The provincial requirement for a cannabis retail store is 150 metres from schools (as defined by the Education Act), as per the provincial regulations. The City of Burlington guideline for a cannabis retail store is 500 metres from schools

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2 comments to Aldershot to get its own retail cannabis outlet.

  • Jim Young

    City standard says cannabis outlets must be 500 metres from a school.

    According to Google Maps, The Catholic elementary school on Cloverleaf Dr. Is only 450 metres.

    I am completely neutral on Cannabis Stores. One in Aldershot might be a good idea, but if it fails to meet a distance standard that protects children, shouldn’t the city double check that distance?

  • Penny Hersh

    There will be a cannabis shop in Roseland Plaza, beside the Tim Horton’s. The signs are up.