The AGCO has responsibility for regulating Ontario’s cannabis retail stores under the Cannabis Licence Act, 2018 and Regulation 468/18

The AGCO’s focus is on the safe, responsible and lawful sale of cannabis, consistent with the legislation enacted by the provincial government. Its regulatory objectives are to ensure that the retail sale of cannabis in Ontario is carried out with honesty, integrity and in the public interest as set out in the Cannabis Licence Act, its regulations and the Registrar’s Standards for Cannabis Retail Stores.  

As the provincial regulator for privately run recreational cannabis stores, the AGCO:

  • licenses eligible Retail Store Operators and Managers
  • authorizes Cannabis Retail Stores
  • approves cannabis retail employee training programs
  • regulates the sale of cannabis in these stores

The AGCO works with licensed cannabis retail store owners and operators to help them understand their obligations and ensure they are selling cannabis in a safe, responsible and lawful manner. AGCO Compliance Officials inspect retail store locations to confirm ongoing compliance with the Cannabis Licence Act, 2018 and regulations and standards.

This portal is intended as a source of information for potential cannabis retail store customers and the general public.

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