To become a licensed cannabis retailer in Ontario, there are a few licences and authorizations your business will need to secure first from the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO).
The first licence you need to apply for is the Retail Operator Licence (ROL). This is the licence that is based around your corporate structure and individuals involved in your business. The AGCO’s fee for an ROL application is $6000.
Next comes the Retail Store Authorization (RSA) application. This authorization is store specific and will involve submitting details to the AGCO regarding your store location, store name and physical security measures. The AGCO’s fee for an RSA application is $4000.
Finally, every cannabis retail store in Ontario must have at least one Licensed Retail Manager, who is responsible for performing managerial duties such as hiring employees, managing sales and maintaining inventory. The individual who will act as the Retail Store Manager must submit an application for a Cannabis Retail Manager Licence. The fee for this one is $750.
Once these licences and authorizations are obtained, your store can get up and running and you will officially be a licensed cannabis retailer in Ontario!