Local governments or Indigenous Nations

Local governments and Indigenous Nations are an important part of the licensing process. Many types of licence applications and amendments require a local government or Indigenous Nations to comment about the impact it will have on the community given its proposed hours, operations or size.

Liquor licences

Find out when local government or First Nations must comment, how they should comment, and what their comments should consider:

Alcohol policy guide

Local governments and First Nations that own or manage venues where liquor is served are encouraged to develop a municipal alcohol policy. A survey of more than 100 Ontario municipalities with a municipal alcohol policy showed that problems such as fighting, verbal abuse and injuries were reduced.  

Eligible municipalities and First Nations and may also apply for up to $7,000 in funding from BC Healthy Communities to help fund the development of a this policy.

Learn how to develop alcohol policy.


Non-medical cannabis licensing guides

Find information about the role local government and Indigenous Nations have in the cannabis retail store application process.