View the selection results of the First Allocation of Stores - Expression of Interest Lottery (Jan, 2019)

On December 13, 2018, the Government of Ontario announced that a temporary cap of 25 Retail Store Authorizations would be imposed while cannabis supply stabilizes.  On July 3, 2019 the Government announced that an additional 50 cannabis retail stores will be permitted across Ontario. For more information, visit the Allocation Lottery - Second allocation of stores page.

As set out in Ontario Regulation 468/18, the Government of Ontario gave the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) the mandate to hold a lottery to determine who may apply for Retail Operator Licences.

AGCO established Expression of Interest Lottery Rules (Rules) for the first allocation of stores Expression of Interest Lottery with the specific intent to:

  • conduct a lottery that provides a fair and transparent opportunity for potential operators to apply for a licence to operate a cannabis retail store
  • support the government’s objective of providing a safe, legal alternative to the illegal market by having licensed operators open cannabis retail stores on April 1, 2019
  • regulate licensed retail operators in the public interest.


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