Your application for a cannabis licence is not an approval to start your business activities relating to cannabis. You can only start to produce cannabis products after you receive licences from both the CRA and Health Canada. For more information on how to register with Health Canada, go to canada.ca/cannabis.
[(estimated number of grams of dried cannabis to be sold over the first 12 months x $1 per gram) + (estimated number of milligrams of total THC to be sold over the first 12 months x Even if you have a Health Canada licence, you must apply for a CRA cannabis licence for both medical and non-medical (recreational) purposes..01)] ÷ 12 months.
For a renewal application, security would be the highest amount of cannabis duties payable for a calendar month in the previous 12 calendar months.
If a change of legal entity occurs (for example, a proprietorship incorporates), you would have to apply for a new licence using Form L300 and your existing cannabis licence would be cancelled.
To apply for or renew a cannabis licence, you must meet all of the following conditions:
After you apply for a cannabis licence.
You may also need to attach the following to support your cannabis licence application:
The CRA can suspend or cancel your licence if you no longer meet the conditions to be a licensee. These reasons include but are not limited to:
If you will be packaging cannabis products, you must also register for the cannabis stamping regime prior to the sale of any packaged cannabis products.
We will review your application to determine if you are eligible for a cannabis licence based on the information provided on your Form L300. We may contact you if we need more information.
Your licence is valid for a maximum of 2 years. Your licence will not be automatically renewed. To renew your licence, you must apply for a licence renewal no later than 30 days before the expiration date of your current licence. You must continue to meet the requirements of the licence during the period you are licensed.
You do not have to apply for a licence in any of the following situations:
If you have specific questions on how to calculate the security amount, send an email to [email protected] or call 1-866-330-3304 .
You must tell us immediately if any information you provided in your licence application has changed or is no longer accurate. For the contact information of the regional excise offices, go to Contact Information – Excise Duty, Excise Taxes, Fuel Charge and Air Travellers Security Charge.
For a new cannabis licence application, security would be calculated as:
You must apply for a cannabis licence under the Excise Act, 2001 if you are:
The information described on this webpage is based on the Excise Act, 2001 and its regulations including proposed amendments under Bill C-97 , Budget Implementation Act, 2019, No. 1.
The minimum amount of security required for licensees who are only cultivating and/or producing cannabis products would be $5,000. The maximum security amount would be $5 million for cannabis licensees who package cannabis products.
As a cannabis licensee, you must:
Upon meeting the eligibility criteria, we will send you a letter to confirm your CRA cannabis licence approval and tell you your new excise duty program account number.
If a licence is not being cancelled at your request, the CRA will send you a written notice at least 90 days before the proposed cancellation date of your licence. You have 90 days from the date of notification to provide the reason why the licence should not be cancelled.
How long is the cannabis licence valid?
Renewal Fee: $75,000 (Non-Refundable)
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Initial Application Fee: $25,000 (Non-Refundable)
Important Notice to All Persons Providing Material in Support of License Applicants.
Connecticut State Department of Consumer Protection.
To protect the health and safety of the public and our employees, DCP has limited on-site staffing at 450 Columbus Blvd. While mail and phone calls will be processed as quickly as possible, we recommend using our online services, or sending an email to the appropriate division/person instead. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Registration Fee: $75,000 (Non-Refundable)
All materials that are in support of a potential applicant for a Medical Marijuana Producer or Dispensary Facility License must comply with all requirements set forth in the Request for Applications. The Department has established an application process that is transparent, unbiased, and follows a set process. Supportive material may only be submitted with the application. Applications and supporting material must be hand-delivered in accordance with the instructions in the Request for Applications, together with a $25,000 application fee. Any material received outside the application process will not be considered part of the application. Failure to abide by the RFA process could result in disqualification of an applicant.
Medical Marijuana Producer License.
We encourage prospective applicants to read both the Cannabis Licensing Application Guide and the CTLS Getting Started Guide all the way through before creating an account.
For applications for a cultivation, processing or sales for medical purposes licence, a site evidence submission must be received by Health Canada before an application can be considered.
Depending on the licence type sought, some of these individuals will also be required to apply to Health Canada for a security clearance. Please see the Cannabis Licensing Application Guide for more information.
Note: As per step 9 below, security clearances will only be processed following the successful screening of a submitted application.
Applicants that are partnerships, cooperatives, and corporations (basically any applicant that is not an individual/sole proprietor) also need to create a corporate profile in CTLS.
5. Have associated individuals create accounts in the CTLS.
Learn about the classes and subclasses of licences to determine which class your activities of interest fall under.
Please refer to the following pages for information on applying for:
Effective May 8, 2019, Health Canada requires new applicants for cultivation, processing or sales for medical purposes licences to have a fully built site that meets all the requirements of the Cannabis Regulations at the time of their application, as well as satisfying other application criteria.
The application process for most licence classes, including the information required in an application, is set out in the Cannabis Licensing Application Guide. This document gives guidance to those wishing to apply for these licence classes and subclasses:
The information on this page is specific to applications for these licence classes only.
We recommend that you be familiar with the knowledge areas outlined in section 5.1 of the Guide. This will help you comply with the requirements of.
The Cannabis Act and its Regulations provide the framework for legal access to cannabis for adults and they control and regulate its production, distribution and sale.
Once your application has successfully passed the initial screening, Health Canada will conduct an in-depth review of your application as well as extensive security checks on all the people who require security clearances. Health Canada may contact you for more information in some areas of your application.
The guide includes the application requirements for each class of licence. Health Canada reviews all applications strictly and thoroughly against the application requirements outlined in this guide and the requirements outlined in the Regulations. Licences are only issued once all applicable requirements are met.
9. Support the application review.
The guide also gives information on these licence types and the requirements for each.
User accounts are required for a number of individuals associated with an application. These individuals must create their own individual accounts in the CTLS before an application can be submitted to Health Canada.
Note: At this time, not all guidance is available online. Electronic versions of the guides can be obtained by contacting [email protected]
In developing a site, applicants should consult the relevant federal, provincial, municipal and indigenous government rules, as noted above. In addition, Health Canada provides the following guidance and information to applicants:
With the high number of applications for cannabis licences and the rigorous application review, you should expect that it will take some time for your application to begin active review after it is accepted. Key factors in application processing times are the quality of the application and whether it contains sufficient information and evidence to demonstrate how it meets the security measures, the Good Production Practices, and the record-keeping requirements. You can check the status of your application in your CTLS account at any time.
Under this framework a person is required to obtain a licence issued by Health Canada to conduct various activities with cannabis.
6. Create a corporate profile for organizations.
Health Canada has established the Cannabis Tracking and Licensing System as the main way to submit licensing applications. The CTLS Getting Started Guide provides information on the steps you need to take to create an account.
Applications can only be submitted when you have included all of the requirements in the application in the CTLS. Once submitted, applications undergo an initial screening for completeness and clarity.
Applicants and licence holders are responsible for complying with the Cannabis Act and its Regulations as well as with other federal, provincial and territorial legislation, municipal by-laws and indigenous government legislation that apply.
Note: Questions on the application for a Cannabis Drug Licence may be directed to : [email protected]
There are specific actions you should take when applying to Health Canada:
The Cannabis Regulations set out requirements that a licence holder must follow to manage their licence, such as when renewing or amending it. There are also notification and reporting requirements that a licence holder must follow to stay compliant and keep their licence. Holders of cultivation, processing and sale for medical purposes licences should refer to the Manage your cannabis licence webpages for information on requirements and processes for: