As the regulator for private cannabis retail in Ontario, the AGCO has the authority to license, regulate and enforce the sale of recreational cannabis in privately run stores in Ontario. All potential cannabis retail store managers and employees are subject to the provincial Cannabis Licence Act, 2018 and its regulations, and the AGCO’s Registrar Standards.

A Cannabis Retail Manager Licence is required by individuals who will have management responsibilities in authorized stores. This includes having responsibility for the cannabis inventory, for hiring and managing employees, and for ensuring the store operates with honesty and integrity at all times.

Cannabis retail store employees must successfully complete an AGCO Board approved cannabis retail employee training program before their first day of work to support the safe sale and consumption of cannabis. CannSell is the required training for all Ontario cannabis retail employees. To take the CannSell training program, or for more information about the program, visit

This portal is intended as a source of information for the retail manager applicants and other store employees. Use the resources below to help you apply for a licence (via the iAGCO online services portal) or to better understand your obligations.

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