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An aerial image of the farm. Photo courtesy of Livewell Foods Canada Inc.

Council approves Ottawa’s first cannabis grow facility

By Greggory Clark on February 16, 2018

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An interesting piece of local news slipped by on Valentine’s Day – and on the heels of the Ontario government’s announcement that Ottawa’s Shopify has been chosen to run online cannabis sales for the province. On February 14, Ottawa City Council gave approval to convert an existing 540,000 square feet of greenhouse space into a cannabis production facility—making this one of Canada’s largest.

The greenhouses sit on 100 acres of farmland near Greely on property owned by Artiva Inc., a subsidiary of LiveWell Foods Canada Inc., an Ottawa-based company. LiveWell has already submitted an application to Health Canada to become a licensed cannabis producer. That application is currently in review.

An aerial image of the farm. Photo courtesy of Livewell Foods Canada Inc.

“The farm was in my family for almost 25 years, and as we transition from cucumbers to cannabis and hemp, I couldn’t be happier…”

A press release from the company says the cannabis production facility would bring “hundreds of jobs” to the area.

“We are absolutely delighted that city council is supporting our plan to bring our project and hundreds of jobs to rural Ottawa,” says Peter Abboud, LiveWell Co-CEO.

“The farm was in my family for almost 25 years, and as we transition from cucumbers to cannabis and hemp, I couldn’t be happier that LiveWell will be using its technology, research and innovation to advance our knowledge of the health benefits of the products we will be using.”

The retrofit will begin immediately with an anticipated completion date for the first phase (57,000 square feet) in summer 2018.

LiveWell also plans to construct a 600,000 square foot cannabis cultivation facility in Litchfield, Quebec. Upon completion, the Greely and Litchfield facilities would measure more than one million square feet of greenhouse capacity.

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