Taxation Framework In Canada

Under the taxation framework in Canada, a federal excise duty is payable by a licensed cannabis producer when the cannabis products they package are delivered to a purchaser (for example, a provincially authorized distributor/retailer or final consumer).

  • An excise stamp must be present on all cannabis products that have been legally produced and are available for purchase.
  • The only exception is for low-THC cannabis products, prescription cannabis drugs, and exported products.
  • Only a person who has obtained a cannabis licence from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is able to purchase cannabis excise stamps.
  • The CRA is responsible for licensing cultivators, producers and packagers of cannabis products, and collecting federal duties and taxes.

How to Qualify for an Excise Cannabis License

Cultivators, producers and packagers of cannabis products are required to obtain a cannabis license from the CRA before production begins. In order to qualify for a CRA cannabis license, applicants are also required to obtain a license from Health Canada.

Once you have both licenses, the following is required:

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