Canopy Growth wasn’t the only Ottawa-area cannabis firm making headlines on Wednesday.
From Metcalfe to Gatineau to Nevada, several local pot companies were signing significant deals that are expected to generate hundreds of jobs and collectively lead to millions of dollars in revenues.
Here’s a roundup of what happened on a big day for Ottawa bud:
City council approves Metcalfe grow-op
Ottawa’s first legalized marijuana grow-op is a step closer to reality after city council gave the project the green light on Wednesday.
Artiva, a branch of Ottawa-based LiveWell Foods, wants to set up the grow-op on the site of existing vegetable greenhouses at 5130-5208 Ramsayville Rd. in Metcalfe, near the Hawthorne Industrial Park. Artiva plans to immediately begin retrofitting 57,000 square feet of greenhouse space, with the first phase of the project slated for completion in the second quarter of 2018.
Eventually, the company wants to convert about 540,000 square feet of greenhouse facilities from food to marijuana production and potentially add a second growing facility to the 100-acre site near Greely.
Artiva has already applied to Health Canada for a cannabis production licence. LiveWell co-CEO Seann Poli told OBJ last month that if the project is approved, he expects the grow-op to eventually create up to 800 jobs.
Under city guidelines approved by council in 2014, medical marijuana