• The Cannabis Act – Information for travellers

    On October 17, 2018, the Cannabis Act came into effect. The Cannabis Act creates a legal and regulatory framework for controlling the production, distribution, sale and possession of cannabis in Canada and as such has implications for airport users.

    It is the responsibility of those using Toronto Pearson to know the Cannabis Act’s implications in relation to travel to, from or through the airport. Please see below for answers to frequently asked questions, as well as links to resources where further information can be found.

    What is the Cannabis Act?

    The Cannabis Act creates a legal and regulatory framework for controlling the production, distribution, sale and possession of cannabis in Canada.

    For more information on the Cannabis Act, please visit the Government of Canada’s website.

    When does the Cannabis Act come into effect?

    October 17, 2018. For more information on the Cannabis Act, please visit the Government of Canada’s website.

    As a traveller, what do I need to know about the legalisation of Cannabis?

    The legalization of cannabis in Canada will not change Canada’s border rules. It is your responsibility to know the Cannabis Act’s implications in relation to travel to, from or through Toronto Pearson. For more information, please visit the Government of Canada’s website.

    • Taking cannabis into Canada will remain illegal and can result in serious criminal penalties both at home and abroad.

    • Taking cannabis or any product containing cannabis across Canada’s international borders will remain illegal and can result in serious criminal penalties both at home and abroad.

    • Although the possession of cannabis is legal in some U.S. states, it remains illegal under U.S. federal laws in any form and quantity, making it illegal to bring across the Canada-U.S. border.

     

    What about domestic travel?

    Each province and territory will have its own rules about the production, distribution, sale and possession of cannabis, including possession limits, legal age, and where cannabis may be used. You are responsible for knowing what will be legal in the province or territory you live in or are visiting. Click here for more information.

    Where can I dispose of my cannabis at Toronto Pearson?

    Designated cannabis disposal areas will be available and monitored at security checkpoint entrances beginning October 17. Taking cannabis or any product containing cannabis across Canada’s international borders, including to the United States, is illegal. If you’re travelling internationally or to the United States, we encourage you to leave your cannabis at home.

    What else is Toronto Pearson doing in response to the Cannabis Act?

    It is important you understand the Cannabis Act’s implications for air travel, and as such we are focusing on helping to educate travellers and the general public. This includes installing Transport Canada-mandated signage throughout the terminals, as well as additional signage where applicable; updating our website with information and links where you can find more information on the Cannabis Act; and using social media to give you the information you need before you travel.

    Can I smoke or vape cannabis at Toronto Pearson?

    Consistent with a number of other major airports across the country, Toronto Pearson has made the decision to prohibit cannabis smoking or vaping anywhere on airport grounds. We will continue to monitor the implementation of cannabis legislation across Canada and evolve our policies as necessary.


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