Ontario announced Wednesday the 42 winners of its second lottery for Ontario Cannabis Shop (OCS) licences.

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO), which administered the lottery, stated four,864 applications have been submitted, and the lottery was overseen by a third celebration to make sure fairness.

The winners now have till August 28 to apply for a Retail Operator Licence and a Retail Shop Authorization and to deliver a line of credit of $50,000 in order to open a shop.

The new shops are anticipated to open in October.

Ontario announced in July there would be a second lottery for new OCS places.

The 42 new shop places are divided amongst unique regions in Ontario — 13 in Toronto, six in the Higher Toronto Location, 11 in the west area, seven in the east area and one particular shop every single in Kenora, North Bay, Sault Ste. Marie, Thunder Bay and Timmins. 

There will also be eight shops for Initial Nations reserves.

The province created modifications to the lottery this time about, although, to address criticisms of the very first one particular.

Some criticized the very first lottery for not becoming merit-primarily based, which led to unprepared winners.

“[Ontario in the first lottery] was not in a position to capitalize on the most knowledgeable retailers with the requisite abilities, knowledge, and capital to essentially open shops when it came to April 1,” Ontario Chamber of Commerce Director of Policy Dan Safayeni stated.

For the second lottery, the province now created it a prerequisite for applicants to prove they could get $250,000 and have secured a appropriate retail space to make sure these who won the lottery could essentially open a shop.

Shops could support tackle the black industry

The 42 new shops could support tackle the nonetheless prevalent cannabis black industry.

Statistics Canada lately reported that 42 per cent of Canadian cannabis customers nonetheless got their cannabis by way of illegal indicates in the very first half of 2019.

Some say that a restricted quantity of legal cannabis shops has led customers to turn to the black industry.

Ontario’s very first OCS lottery was restricted to 25 spots due to a cannabis provide shortage, according to the province.

The shops have been set to open April 1, but only one particular was in a position to meet that deadline.

“There’s basically not adequate [stores],” Safayeni stated in June. “People are not going to basically cease smoking cannabis due to the fact they can not obtain it at a legal shop, they’re going to go with the most practical selection,” indicating that selection may be the black industry.

The new shops will enhance retail presence in some regions that presently lack it.

For instance, Niagara Falls and St. Catharines will double their existing quantity of shops from one particular to two. Burlington will go from two to 4, and Hamilton will add one particular far more to its two to make 3.

A complete list of the shops can be discovered on AGCO’s web site.