Youth cannabis diversion program

In Ontario, it is illegal for youth under the age of 19 to possess, consume, purchase, attempt to purchase, grow or offer to grow cannabis. The government’s primary objective is protecting youth. Now, the police, prosecutors and courts can refer youth who come into conflict with the law for certain provincial cannabis-related offences to the Youth Cannabis Diversion Program. This referral can take place instead of charging the individual, proceeding with a prosecution, or imposing a fine or other judicial sanction.

This online education and prevention program is for young people between the ages of 12 to 18 years old. It promotes prevention and harm reduction by educating them on the risks of cannabis use and encouraging them to make positive choices. The Youth Cannabis Diversion Program is Ontario’s first education or prevention program approved by the Attorney General under the Cannabis Control Act, 2017.

Learn more about the Youth Cannabis Diversion Program.