One of Lachute’s newest industries is closing.

On June 23, Aurora Cannabis, the parent company of Aurora Eau, announced that it is closing its cannabis production facility in Lachute, which opened in November, 2018.

Edmonton-based Aurora is planning to restructure its operations and consolidate production in western Canada.

“I was very surprised,” said Lachute Mayor Carl Péloquin, about the announcement.

He said that the municipality was recently in discussions with the company about zoning changes because it was considering an expansion of the 48,000-square-foot facility, which was designed to produce 4,500 kilograms of cannabis per year.

Péloquin said the cannabis industry grew quickly and appears to be normalizing now.   He said 40 to 50 people worked at Aurora Eau in Lachute.

Aurora is also closing its Aurora Vie production facility in Pointe-Claire.