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Provincial Cannabis Laws in canada

Ontario Cannabis Retail License

The Ontario Cannabis Retail Corporation (OCRC) has the exclusive right to sell cannabis in Ontario to private retailers and online. While the OCRC will be responsible for providing cannabis, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) will be the regulator for privately-run cannabis stores. 


On December 12, 2019, the Ontario Government announced its move to lift the cap on the number of retail stores in Ontario and open up the allocation of retail licences to match demand, as the supply of cannabis has leveled out and demand for new products has grown. Furthermore, the government has also announced that legislation will be amended to facilitate the establishment of one retail store by licensed producers at their production site. Retail Operator Licence submissions can be made as soon as January 6, 2020 and Retail Store Authorizations can be submitted beginning March 2, 2020.



The first phase of the application process, the Ontario Retail Operator Licence (ROL) requires evidence of capital, background check, incorporation documents, shareholder structure, no delinquencies related to tax filings among other details.  You will need to obtain a Tax Compliance Verification (TCV) Number.  This number ensures your business is tax compliant so you are eligible for a cannabis license.  Cannabis License Experts will prepare the retail operator licence application for you.



  The Retail Store Authorization (RSA) is about the store site including design (and applicable security provisions), municipality approval, distance from schools among other requirements that we will walk you through. Make sure you check with the city if they will allow a cannabis store to be opened.   If there are any density restrictions confirm that with the city you plan to open up  your retail store in.

After the RSA has been submitted a 15-day notice period will be the next stage.  This notice will be posted on the property for the general public to provide feedback and comments. 

You can apply for up to 75 retail store authorizations per retail operator licence.

You will also be required to have a Cannabis Retail Manager licence.

Cannabis License Experts will prepare the retail store authorization  and the cannabis retail manager licence for you.    

All your employees will be required to be trained through a program called CannSell which can be found here. 



The government fees will be approximately $10,000 and covers a 2-year term.  It is broken down as follows:

Retail Operator Licence – $6,000

Retail Store Authorization – $4,000

Cannabis Retail Manager Licence – $750


Where do you I buy cannabis products like edibles, extracts, topicals, prerolls, vapes  from?

The Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS) is the wholesaler for these products and distributes to authorized stores in the province.


Cannabis License Experts has extensive experience in helping you apply for your dispensary license in Ontario. We will support you beyond the licence including standard operating procedures, routine site inspections so you comply with AGCO requirements and, through our division, CannaBrand Experts, assistance with how to display products in your store


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