Marijuana Grow Operations

Q. I know that an increasing number of houses in communities across Canada are used as indoor marijuana growing operations, or “grow ops”. What happens when a house is turned into a grow op, and how much does it usually cost to fix?

A. Grow op houses undergo significant structural changes in order to be used to grow the plants; these changes can compromise the integrity and inhabitability of the house, and can require major repairs and renovations to correct. The average cost to repair a home previously used as a grow op is $41,000, according to the Insurance Bureau of Canada.

Q. What can I do if I suspect that a home in my neighbourhood is being used as a grow op?

If you suspect that a home is being used as a grow-op, please contact police immediately. Further information on how to spot a grow-op in your neighbourhood can be found here.