November 14, 2018

Proclamation of the Cannabis Licence Act, 2018 and regulations

The Cannabis Licence Act, 2018 and its regulations will be proclaimed on November 16, 2018. As of this date, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) will officially become the regulator of private recreational cannabis retailing in Ontario.

The Government of Ontario has set up a licensing and regulatory framework to regulate private retail of recreational cannabis. Those who wish to apply for a retail operator licence, open and operate a retail store or work in one will need to learn about and comply with all of the related rules and regulations.

The AGCO will be publishing a Cannabis Retail Regulation Guide on-line. This will be a comprehensive guide that will include relevant information about cannabis regulation in one location.  

Since much of the process is still in development, we will publish new chapters to this guide as information becomes available. We will also send an email alert to subscribers when new chapters have been added. If you have not already done so, you can subscribe to receive email updates.

The chapters of this guide will provide information about:

  • The Cannabis Licence Act, 2018 and its regulations
  • The Registrars Standards, which will govern the operation of retail stores
  • Licence and authorization types, the application process and fees
  • The one-time option municipalities have to prohibit cannabis stores from operating in their jurisdiction
  • The public notice process related to the authorization of retail stores
  • AGCO inspections to ensure store readiness
  • The mandatory training that all cannabis store employees will have to successfully complete
  • Allowable advertising and promotional activities
  • And more…

The AGCO plans to begin accepting on-line applications for cannabis-related licences on Monday, December 17, 2018. All applications will have to be made online.

In order to help potential applicants understand the requirements and prepare their applications, we will be providing a number of supports before December 17, including hosting a series of educational webinars and posting a summary of the required application information.  We will be sharing more information about these supports in the following days.

In the meantime, you can view this infographic that provides an overview of the cannabis retail regulation landscape in Ontario.

Stay tuned for more information to come.



October 18, 2018

Ontario’s Provincial Legislature Passes Cannabis Statute Law Amendment Act, 2018

Ontario’s provincial legislature passed the Cannabis Statute Law Amendment Act on October 17, 2018. This Act sets out the legal structure for private cannabis retail in Ontario and gives the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) the authority to license, regulate and enforce the sale of recreational cannabis through privately run stores in Ontario. 

We anticipate beginning to accept applications in December. More information will be available in the coming weeks. 

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