The AGCO is conducting a first come, first served process to allocate eight retail store authorizations for those who wish to operate a store on a First Nations reserve.

Applicants interested in applying for one of these eight retail store authorizations must first obtain approval from the First Nations Band Council to operate a store on their reserve.  

The AGCO will begin accepting applications from applicants who wish to operate a store on a First Nations reserve, as of July 31, 2019 at 9:00 am Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (8:00 am Central Time).

Store authorizations will be allocated on a first come, first served basis as determined by the time of their submission of a complete, online Retail Store Authorization Intent to Apply - First Nations Reserve application to the AGCO.

A complete application must include a resolution from the First Nations Band Council approving the location of the proposed store on their reserve.

The Band Council Resolution must approve the prospective location of the proposed cannabis retail store on the reserve. Approval of store location is the only mandatory requirement, however, it would be preferable if the Band Council Resolution also included the date of approval and the name of the retail store operator. Date and name of operator, while not compulsory, will assist the AGCO during the application process.

The AGCO will publish on its website the names of the first eight applicants and the names of the First Nations reserves on which the stores are proposed to be located along with the order of any completed applications received after the first eight stores have been allocated.

To receive a Retail Operator Licence or Retail Store Authorization for a cannabis retail store to be located on a First Nations reserve, applicants are required to meet the requirements of the Cannabis Licence Act, 2018

How to apply

The AGCO will begin accepting applications from applicants who wish to operate a store on a First Nations reserve, as of July 31, 2019 at 9:00 am EDT (8:00 am Central Time).

NOTE: The Retail Store Authorization Intent to Apply online form will be available on July 31, 2019 at 9:00 am EDT (8:00 am Central Time) onwards, via the iAGCO online service portal. View screenshots showing the application process on iAGCO.

To apply to operate a cannabis retail store on a First Nations reserve, applicants must:

  1. Create an iAGCO account. To avoid a last minute rush, we suggest you create your iAGCO account before July 31, 2019
  1. From 9:00 am EDT (8:00 am Central Time) July 31, 2019 onward, complete and submit a Retail Store Authorization Intent to Apply online form through the iAGCO portal
  • Select New Application
  • Choose type of application “RSA Intent to Apply – First Nations Reserve”
  • Enter your information: Name, Email, Phone Number
  • List the person or entity applying

    • Make sure you know your applicant type (Corporation, Limited Partnership, Partnership, Sole Proprietorship, Trust)

  • Under Premises Information:

  • Enter information about the premises related to the application, including the Premises Type and Premises Name (if name has not yet been determined, you may enter “N/A”)
    • Enter the physical address, including street address, city/town and postal code
    • NOTE: In the iAGCO online portal, the “Premises Name” is a mandatory field in the Expression of Interest Application process. However, applicants are permitted to enter “N/A” in this field if they do not have a retail store name at the time of their Application.
    • Enter contact information for premises (if different from account holder’s contact information), including contact name, phone number, alternate phone, fax, email and preferred contact method
    • Enter the mailing address (if different from the physical address)
  • Under Questions, before submitting your application you will be required to answer five yes/no questions:
    • Do you, or your Affiliate(s), hold a cultivation, processing or nursery licence under the Cannabis Act (Canada)?

    • Do you, or your Affiliate(s), already hold a Retail Store Authorization pursuant to s. 8 1 (4) (a) of Ontario Regulation 468/16?

    • The Applicant, or if the Applicant is not a sole proprietor, an individual with authority to bind the Applicant, acknowledges and confirms the following: It is possible that the Applicant may not receive a Retail Operator Licence even if the Applicant meets the statutory eligibility criteria

    • The Applicant, or if the Applicant is not a sole proprietor, an individual with authority to bind the Applicant, acknowledges and confirms the following: If issued a Retail Operator Licence and a Retail Store Authorization, there is a risk that the Applicant may not be able to obtain a sufficient quantity of cannabis to operate a cannabis retail business

    • The Applicant, or if the Applicant is not a sole proprietor, an individual with authority to bind the Applicant, acknowledges and confirms the following: Ontario and its Agencies have not represented that there will be a sufficient quantity of cannabis for the Applicant to operate a cannabis retail business

  • Under Document Types, you must upload the “Required Document” (Resolution of the Council of the Band) to submit your application
    • Click the “Upload File” button to attach your file
  • Upload the Band Council Resolution (with the Band Council-approved store location address)
  • Complete the online form and submit via the iAGCO portal

3. Submit your Application

  • Applicants will receive online confirmation that their application has been received.

  • Applicants will receive a confirmation email with an Application Summary attachment containing the information they entered into their application.

There is no application fee for submitting RSA Intent to Apply online form.

The first eight operator applicants who complete the RSA Intent to Apply will be notified to apply for their Retail Operator Licence and Retail Store Authorization.

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