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As a school board, we are committed to creating safe, healthy and inclusive learning and working environments.  This commitment is embedded in our Multi-Year Strategic Plan that sets our priorities and guides our decision making as a board.  We are dedicated to working closely with families to advance student achievement and well-being.

Substance Misuse: Cannabis

On October 17, 2018, it became legal for individuals 19 and older to buy, use, possess and grow recreational cannabis. It remains illegal for anyone under the age of 19. This is the same as the minimum age for the sale of tobacco and alcohol in Ontario. Regardless of age, cannabis is not allowed on school property or at school-related events at any time.

It is illegal for anyone regardless of age to smoke or vape any substance, including 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 aren’t present*


*Please note that these are the provincial regulations and by-laws could be different at a municipal level

There will be consequences for students if they are believed to be in possession or under the influence of alcohol, illegal drugs or cannabis. Suspension will be considered. There are exceptions if the medicinal use of cannabis is outlined in the student’s Health Care Plan. If a student gives alcohol or cannabis to anyone under the age of 19, the school will contact police, suspend the student and consider expulsion.

Through both the Ontario elementary and secondary Health and Physical Education curriculum, students will learn how to make informed decisions that support their health and well-being.  Students will learn about the risks associated with substance use, misuse, and addictive behaviours, including alcohol, cannabis and illegal drugs, in a developmentally appropriate manner. Additional information about curriculum connections can also be found on the Ministry of Education website, including the Cannabis Information for Schools and School Boards.

In YRDSB, we want families and students to be informed about the facts of cannabis legalization. To support this learning, you may find the following resources helpful. You can also request a hard copy through the school office.

Cannabis: What Parents/Guardians and Caregivers Need to Know

Cannabis Talk Kit

We will continue to provide students with information and support to make positive and healthy decisions.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school’s administration.