Retail Cannabis in West Vancouver

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We are developing an Interim Non-medical Retail Cannabis Policy, and we want your input.

Since October of 2018, non-medical cannabis has been legal in Canada. Retail stores have opened across the Lower Mainland, but the District of West Vancouver has taken a cautious approach and has not yet permitted retail cannabis stores to open in the municipality.

The District waited and reviewed what happened in other municipalities before developing draft criteria to guide the review and approval of cannabis retail proposals in West Vancouver.

We want your input on this draft criteria to guide how cannabis retailers are approved in West Vancouver. Please review the proposed criteria and provide your input in the survey below.

What is an interim policy?

Developing the policy as "interim" indicates that the District does not intend for the policy to be final at this stage. Calling a policy "interim" indicates the expectation that there will be future review and consideration of updates to the policy. Staff are proposing to apply the policy on an interim basis (for a proposed period of three years) so that they can gain information and actual experience, then report back to Council with further evaluation and recommendations.

The interim policy now under development includes criteria for identifying acceptable sites for retail cannabis applications, which are legal in Canada.

Frequently Asked Questions

Background Information

Proposed criteria

  1. Retail cannabis stores may not be located within a 100-metre distance from elementary and secondary schools
  2. A retail cannabis business may have a maximum eight-metre store frontage
  3. A maximum of one store to be permitted in each of the following town centres/commercial nodes:
    1. Ambleside Village Centre
    2. Horseshoe Bay Village Centre
    3. Dundarave Village Centre
    4. Future Cypress Village
    5. Park Royal North

The following maps of commercial areas in West Vancouver indicate sites that would be permitted, or not permitted, using the proposed criteria.


How to provide your feedback

We are looking for input from the community regarding the draft criteria for the Interim Non-medical Cannabis Policy before presenting it to Council on Monday, May 10, 2021.

If you prefer to email us, you can also provide your comments by email to planning@westvancouver.ca.

The deadline to provide comments is Wednesday, April 21, at 4 p.m.

We want to hear from you. Please take a short survey at the bottom of this page and provide your input.


We are developing an Interim Non-medical Retail Cannabis Policy, and we want your input.

Since October of 2018, non-medical cannabis has been legal in Canada. Retail stores have opened across the Lower Mainland, but the District of West Vancouver has taken a cautious approach and has not yet permitted retail cannabis stores to open in the municipality.

The District waited and reviewed what happened in other municipalities before developing draft criteria to guide the review and approval of cannabis retail proposals in West Vancouver.

We want your input on this draft criteria to guide how cannabis retailers are approved in West Vancouver. Please review the proposed criteria and provide your input in the survey below.

What is an interim policy?

Developing the policy as "interim" indicates that the District does not intend for the policy to be final at this stage. Calling a policy "interim" indicates the expectation that there will be future review and consideration of updates to the policy. Staff are proposing to apply the policy on an interim basis (for a proposed period of three years) so that they can gain information and actual experience, then report back to Council with further evaluation and recommendations.

The interim policy now under development includes criteria for identifying acceptable sites for retail cannabis applications, which are legal in Canada.

Frequently Asked Questions

Background Information

Proposed criteria

  1. Retail cannabis stores may not be located within a 100-metre distance from elementary and secondary schools
  2. A retail cannabis business may have a maximum eight-metre store frontage
  3. A maximum of one store to be permitted in each of the following town centres/commercial nodes:
    1. Ambleside Village Centre
    2. Horseshoe Bay Village Centre
    3. Dundarave Village Centre
    4. Future Cypress Village
    5. Park Royal North

The following maps of commercial areas in West Vancouver indicate sites that would be permitted, or not permitted, using the proposed criteria.


How to provide your feedback

We are looking for input from the community regarding the draft criteria for the Interim Non-medical Cannabis Policy before presenting it to Council on Monday, May 10, 2021.

If you prefer to email us, you can also provide your comments by email to planning@westvancouver.ca.

The deadline to provide comments is Wednesday, April 21, at 4 p.m.

We want to hear from you. Please take a short survey at the bottom of this page and provide your input.