To operate a cannabis retail store on a First Nations reserve, you must apply for a Retail Operator Licence (ROL) and a Retail Store Authorization (RSA).

Applicants interested in applying for a RSA to operate a store on a First Nations reserve must first obtain approval from the First Nations Band Council to operate a store on their reserve.

A complete RSA application must include a resolution from the First Nations Band Council approving the location of the proposed store on their reserve. Approval of store location is the only mandatory requirement for a Band Council Resolution, however, it would be preferable if that resolution also included the date of approval and the name of the retail store operator. Inclusion of the date of the resolution and the name of operator, while not compulsory, will assist the AGCO during the application process.

In order to be eligible for a Retail Operator Licence or a Retail Store Authorization for any cannabis retail store, including those to be located on a First Nations reserve, applicants are required to meet the requirements of the Cannabis Licence Act, 2018

For more information on the application process for a Retail Operator Licence, see the How to Apply for a Retail Operator Licence page.

For more information on the laws, regulation, eligibility requirements and licensing and application process for recreational cannabis retail stores in Ontario, see the Cannabis Retail Regulation Guide.

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