We are pleased to assist with Ontario retail license applications to the AGCO (Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario).

Paul Lewin and Jack Lloyd, together with a professional team of retail consultants are available to assist with the process of obtaining a license to sell cannabis at retail in Ontario. The Conservative government has recently released Bill 36 which will be known as Ontario’s Cannabis Control Act.

If you are looking into Cannabis Retail licensing, below is a brief summary of important up-to-date legislation announcements with useful links for prospective retail applicants in Ontario.

  • Unfortunately, bricks-and-mortar retail stores will not open for business until April 2019. Licensing will be issued by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO). 
  • No cap on the amount of licenses the AGCO will distribute, but municipalities can set “concentration limits” on how many stores can be within a respective distance of one-another, and away from schools. 
  • Ontario PC’s Plan to allow Cannabis smoking everywhere cigarettes are allowed, exception being motorized vehicles (similar to open-drinking laws in Cars and Boats).
  • As of October 17th 2018, government-run Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS) will be the only legal online Cannabis retailer, and the sole product distributor for bricks-and-mortar retail stores throughout the province.