The government of Ontario has announced the AGCO as the regulator for privately run recreational cannabis stores. 

Applying its experience as the province’s regulator of the alcohol, gaming and horse racing sectors, the AGCO’s focus will be on the safe, responsible and lawful sale of cannabis, consistent with the government legislation.

The AGCO has worked closely with the government to support the goal of having private stores licensed and open for business by April 1, 2019.

View the Status of current Cannabis Retail Store Applications.

NOTE: 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. 

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

For more information, please see Expression of Interest Lottery

Stay informed

Please submit inquires to Customer Service by using the iAGCO portal or call 416-326-8700 (1-800-522-2876 toll-free in Ontario).  You do not need an account to make an inquiry.

More information

Information about Ontario’s approach to cannabis legalization can be found at

For more information about the legalization and regulation of cannabis in Canada, please visit

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Submit inquiries or complaints through the iAGCO portal or call 416-326-8700 (1-800-522-2876 toll-free in Ontario).

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