Timeline for second allocation of cannabis retail stores Lottery, Licensing and Store Authorization Process

July 3

AGCO publishes Cannabis Retail Store Allocation Lottery Rules

  • Interested applicants are encouraged to create an online iAGCO account early


Week of July 15

AGCO hosts Information Sessions for First Nations communities 


July 31 - 9:00 AM

Application period begins for 8 stores on First Nations reserves on a first come, first served basis

*Application must include: a Band Council Resolution


Aug 7-9

Lottery Expression of Interest (EOI) applications can be submitted from 12:01 AM Aug 7 to 8 PM Aug 9

*Applications must include documents proving pre-qualification requirements have been met:

  • Letter of Secured Retail Space
  • Bank Letter confirming access to $250,000
  • Bank Letter confirming ability to get a $50,000 Standby Letter of Credit


Aug 10-19

AGCO performs preliminary review of EOI applications and pre-qualification requirement documents and disqualifies ineligible applicants (e.g. duplicate applications) from lottery


Aug 20

Lottery draw for 42 cannabis retail store allocations.

  • Results published to agco.ca within 24 hours.


Aug 21-28

The 42 selected EOI applicants are notified and must submit their applications for Retail Operator Licence (ROL) and Retail Store Authorization (RSA)

From Aug 21 onward, applicants must:

  • Undergo the Public Notice process at their retail location
  • Be issued a ROL. Applicants must provide the AGCO:
    • any agreements with 3rd parties to ensure compliance with Allocation Lottery Rules
    • disclosure information for all interested parties in the business for eligibility reviews
  • Prepare their store to meet standards
  • Be issued a RSA by the AGCO
  • Enter into a wholesale agreement with the Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS)
  • Order and receive OCS product
  • Pass AGCO pre-opening inspection


Beginning in October, stores open as ready



Note: this page is also available as a pdf infographic.

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