Cannabis Retail Store Allocation Process for Stores on First Nations Reserves
On July 3, 2019, the Government of Ontario announced its plans for a second allocation of cannabis retail store authorizations. The plan allocated eight (8) store authorizations for stores to be operated on First Nations reserves. On October 22, 2019, the Government amended Ontario Regulation 468/18 to allow for the authorization of up to 26 stores on First Nations reserves.
The AGCO held a first come, first served application process to allocate the retail store authorizations. In order to participate in this process, an applicant must first have obtained approval from the First Nations Band Council to operate a store on their reserve.