Public Notice

North Cowichan Begins Process to Clarify Zoning in Preparation for Cannabis Legalization

(North Cowichan, BC) – In anticipation of the upcoming legalization of cannabis by the Federal government, North Cowichan Council has given first and second reading to a Zoning Bylaw amendment that, if adopted, will require proposed retail cannabis businesses to apply for a site-specific zoning amendment.

"This Zoning Bylaw amendment is intended to ensure that Council can consider, and the community can provide input, on the appropriateness of proposed cannabis retail locations on a case-by-case basis," says Mayor Jon Lefebure.

Council may consider further amendments to the Zoning Bylaw once Federal and/or Provincial governments establish regulations and criteria related to the siting of cannabis retail establishments.

This Zoning Bylaw amendment would not affect any existing, Federally-licenced cannabis production facilities currently operating under the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulation within the Municipality. 

This proposed Zoning Bylaw amendment will now proceed to a Public Hearing. 


For More Information Contact:

Jon Lefebure