The Government of Ontario has announced its move towards an open market for private cannabis retail in Ontario and related amendments to Ontario Regulation 468/18 made under the Cannabis Licence Act, 2018.
View amendments to Ontario Regulation 468/18 under the Cannabis Licence Act, 2018.
As a result, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) will modify the application process for cannabis retail licensing. These changes will be introduced in stages to align with the timelines established by the government.
The AGCO has published, on its website, detailed information about the timelines and the application process including a new infographic, which highlights important information about future key dates.
The AGCO is committed to processing applications as quickly as possible with the objective of making a legal supply of cannabis more broadly available across Ontario. As regulator, the AGCO’s priorities continue to be ensuring that only eligible applicants are licensed and that licensed operators act with honesty, integrity, and in the public interest, following all laws, regulations and standards.
Applicants who were selected in the two cannabis retail lotteries and the allocation process for stores on First Nations reserves will continue through their current processes. If eligible, the AGCO will license these applicants and authorize their stores as soon as those processes are completed.
Registrar’s Standards for Cannabis Retail Stores
The AGCO has updated its website with amendments to the Registrar’s Standards for Cannabis Retail Stores. Changes have been made to the Standards in light of updates to cannabis retail training requirements (i.e. the new Cannsell module on edibles) and of the recent legislative changes that allow authorized retail stores to sell cannabis products online or over the phone for pick-up by customers in-store (i.e. “click and collect”).