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.

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 in their community

The AGCO will publish the name of the applicants and First Nations reserve on which stores have been approved, 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

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

  1. Create an iAGCO account
  1. Complete and submit a Retail Store Authorization Intent to Apply online form through the iAGCO portal
  • Choose “RSA Intent to Apply – First Nations Reserve”
  • Upload the Band Council Resolution (with the approved store location address)
  • Complete the online form and submit via the iAGCO portal

 

Applicants will receive an email confirming acceptance of their RSA Intent to Apply.

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 invited to apply for their Retail Operator Licence and Retail Store Authorization.

The AGCO will publish the list of RSA Intent to Apply applicants and the First Nations reserve where the store has been approved to operate. The published list will show the first eight applicants and any subsequent applicants in the order in which their completed applications were received