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North Bay awarded cannabis outlet

It is anticipated that stores will begin to open starting in October, as they are ready
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North Bay has its first cannabis outlet, and it could open as soon as October says the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario in a news release.

The North Bay lottery winner is Lorne J. Fine, a Toronto divorce lawyer, and the proposed store location is the Nipissing Plaza, 390 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 3.

The cannabis retail store lottery draw was held yesterday and provided those who met pre-qualification requirements for one of the 42 new store authorizations announced on July 3, an opportunity to be selected to apply for one.

Almost 5,000 eligible expressions of interest were included in the lottery draw, which was overseen by a third-party fairness monitor.

"The AGCO has notified the following 42 selected applicants that they may now apply for a cannabis Retail Operator Licence and a Retail Store Authorization," says the release. "Applicants have until August 28, 2019 to do so, at which point the AGCO will undertake its full eligibility and licensing review. The AGCO will only licence applicants and authorize stores that meet all legal and regulatory requirements."

It is anticipated that stores will begin to open starting in October, as they are ready

On July 3 the Government of Ontario announced 50 new cannabis retail store authorizations would be made available. Of these 50 new stores, the AGCO will allocate up to 42 authorizations to applicants selected by lottery and eight to stores on First Nations reserves.

Applicants who wished to participate in this lottery had to meet pre-qualification requirements, including confirmation from a bank, credit union, or caisse populaire that the applicant has the financial capacity to obtain $250,000 in cash or cash equivalents and confirmation that the applicant can obtain a Standby Letter of Credit in the amount of $50,000 within five business days of being notified of their selection; confirmation that the applicant has secured a suitable retail space, which will be available to them for operating a cannabis retail store no later than October 2019

Once the AGCO receives Retail Store Authorization applications from those selected in the lottery, residents of the community in which a store is proposed to be located will have an opportunity to provide written submissions if they believe the location of the store is not in the public interest, as defined by Ontario Regulation 468/18 made under the Cannabis Licence Act, 2018

The AGCO has placed the applicants not selected in the lottery on Wait Lists for each Region, based on the order in which they were drawn. Applicants on the Wait List will be moved to the selected list if those ahead of them are found to be ineligible for a licence/authorization or are otherwise disqualified.

Here is the North Bay waitlist, those that were selected in the lottery and the first five applicants drawn on the Wait List for this region.

1999295 Ontario Inc

581 LAKESHORE DR NORTH BAY ON

Thomas Bitove 300 LAKESHORE DR NORTH BAY ON
Canna North Consulting Corp. 955 MCKEOWN AVE UNIT 2 NORTH BAY ON
Reproart Imaging Inc. 300 LAKESHORE DR, UNIT 503 NORTH BAYON

Steve John Buytels

300 LAKESHORE DR NORTH BAY ON

 

 

SELECTED APPLICANTS AND THEIR PROPOSED STORE LOCATIONS

East Region:

Applicant Municipality Proposed Store Address
Ronen Ackerman INNISFIL 2008 COMMERCE PARK DR
Ethan Stark OTTAWA 4335 STRANDHERD DR UNIT 3,4,5
Huge Shops Ontario Inc. KAWARTHA LAKES 566 FRANK HILL RD
GERMAN OLGA INNISFIL 1988 COMMERCE PARK DR
Ilim Uzunova INNISFIL 1982 COMMERCE PARK DR
Louis Laskovski COLLINGWOOD 312 HURONTARIO ST
Sofia Kuliev BARRIE 65 COLLIER ST

GTA Region:

Applicant Municipality Proposed Store Address
Cory Floyd Cacciavillani BURLINGTON 1025 PLAINS RD E
Ekrem Uzunova OSHAWA 20 SIMCOE ST S
Grant Willson AURORA 15243 YONGE ST UNIT 3
Corner Grass Corp. STOUFFVILLE 5779 MAIN ST UNIT 105
Ravino Junaev OSHAWA 20 SIMCOE ST S
2674620 Ontario Limited BURLINGTON 1505 GUELPH LINE UNIT 3-4

North Region:

Applicant Municipality Proposed Store Address
Carl Ignatius Kenora 420 SECOND ST S
Lorne J. Fine North Bay 390 LAKESHORE DR SUITE 3
Thomas miszuk Sault Ste. Marie 317 NORTHERN AVE E
Gerald Harrison Thunder Bay 1802 VICTORIA AVE E
CC alliance Timmins 273 PINE STREET S

Toronto Region:

Applicant Municipality Proposed Store Address
9247220 CANADA LTD. Toronto 570 BLOOR ST W
Najla Guthrie Toronto 964 KINGSTON RD
11180673 Canada Inc Toronto 104 HARBORD ST
1916384 Alberta Ltd. Toronto 619 KING ST W
Jason Krulicki Toronto 2480-2490 GERRARD STREET EAST UNIT 20A
Brian F Parker Toronto 1303 QUEEN ST E
2197130 alberta ltd Toronto 1180 QUEEN ST W
Varant Kichian Toronto 213 QUEEN ST E
Maria Laura Rasile Toronto 237 QUEEN ST W
Helene Vassos Toronto 730 DANFORTH AVE SUITE 1
2464 Dufferin Inc. Toronto 2464 DUFFERIN ST
2708654 Ontario Ltd. Toronto 501 CHURCH ST UNIT 4B 
Junaid Khan Toronto 815 QUEEN ST W TORONTO ON

West Region:

Applicant Municipality Proposed Store Address
PATRICIA, GERTRUDE, DONNELLY KITCHENER 589 FAIRWAY RD S
Noah Soberano LONDON 1135 RICHMOND ST
2249364 Ontario Inc. HAMILTON 1400 UPPER JAMES ST SUITE 8
Pietro Greco WELLAND 115 DIVISION ST
Kyriakos G Anastasiadis WINDSOR 545 OUELLETTE AVE
11535447 Canada Corp. STONEY CREEK 1338 S SERVICE RD, BUILDING C 5 UNIT 2, WINONA CROSSING SHOPPING CENTRE
ROBERT CHOMIAK LONDON 1310 FANSHAWE PARK RD W UNIT F1
BARA BAHLUL NIAGARA FALLS 8685 LUNDY’S LANE, UNIT 6,
Eleonora Plata ANCASTER 1142 WILSON ST W UNIT 9
Hratch Abrahamian ST CATHARINES 395 ONTARIO ST SUITE B2
JOHN REYNOLDS GUELPH 120 WYNDHAM ST N

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