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.

This portal is intended as a source of information for retail manager applicants and other store employees, and will be updated as new information becomes available. Use the resources below to help you apply for a licence or to better understand your obligations.

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