On Wednesday, October 17, 2018, cannabis became legal in Ontario and the rest of Canada.

Please see a clear directive forwarded to parents from the Board. https://www.tcdsb.org/ProgramsServices/SchoolProgramsK12/HealthOutdoorPhysEd/Pages/Information-About-Cannabis.aspx

Thank you to Kevin Morrison, a Catholic Trustee Candidate running in the 2018 municipal election.

From: James, Kelly (St John (Toronto))
Sent: October 17, 2018 9:34 AM
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: TCDSB: Message for the Legalization of Cannabis

Good Afternoon St. John Community,

Parents and Guardians please see information sent from Director of Education, Rory McGuckin.

Thank you kindly.

Dear TCDSB Parents, Staff and Community Members:

On Wednesday, October 17, 2018, cannabis will become legal in Ontario and the rest of Canada.

The Toronto Catholic District School Board remains committed to maintaining safe school and work environments that are welcoming and support the Board’s focus on excellence in education.

Although legislation will permit the recreational use of cannabis, the vaping, smoking, or use of lighted tobacco, cannabis/marijuana, herbal material (or any other combustible material) and electronic smoking devices are prohibited at all TCDSB schools and worksites.

Current rules for ALL TCDSB and Ontario schools:
A positive school climate and a safe learning and teaching environment are critical for student success and central to our Board’s goals as outlined in our Multi-Year Strategic Plan.

All current policies and regulations governing the use of cannabis remain in effect and include, but are not limited to:

• Possession of cannabis (except for medical purposes, if authorized by a health care practitioner such as a physician or a nurse practitioner) will not be permitted while in schools or at school-related activities, even after legalization of recreational cannabis.

• Suspension may be considered for a student under the influence or in possession of cannabis.

• Suspension will be required, and expulsion may be considered, if a student gives cannabis to a minor.


Smoking or vaping cannabis is NOT permitted at schools and places where children gather

You are also 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 aren’t present

Parents, Staff and members of the TCDSB school community are invited to view the full details of cannabis legalization on the Board’s website at: www.tcdsb.org or go directly to the following sites providing information from our community partners

Toronto Public Health: https://www.toronto.ca/community-people/health-wellness-care/health-programs-advice/cannabis/​
Government of Canada – Cannabis web page (Portal – Information about health impacts, licensed producers, impaired driving, legalizing and regulating)
Ontario Government – Cannabis Legalization webpage (what will be legal and won’t be legal in Ontario)