Ontario cannabis retailer licensing for busy people

OCS Cannabis Licensing - Greenline POS

After months of anticipation, the Ontario government released their guidelines for the licensing of private, recreational cannabis stores.

Ontario Cannabis Retailer License Fees & Deadlines

  • Applications will be accepted starting December 17th, 2018
  • Private retailing of cannabis will begin on April 1, 2019.
  • Application fee for Ontario Cannabis Retail Store Licence: $10,000
  • Application fee for a Cannabis Retail Manager Licence: $1,000


  • Retailers will not be permitted to allow anyone under the age of 19 to enter their stores.
  • Specific instances in which applicants will be denied a licence, including cannabis-related criminal offences. Notably, illegal cannabis retailers who were operating after October 17, 2018 are not eligible for Ontario cannabis sales licenses.
  • Requirement that individuals or entities applying for an operator licence demonstrate their tax compliance status to show that they are in good standing with the government.
  • A requirement for all private recreational cannabis retail storefronts to be stand-alone stores only.
  • Individuals with a store authorization, cannabis retail managers and all retail employees will be required to complete the approved training to ensure that any individual who works in the cannabis retail market is trained in the responsible sale of cannabis.
  • The government has committed to providing $40 million over two years to help municipalities with the implementation costs of recreational cannabis legalization.
  • A market concentration limit of 75 stores per operator has been set to prevent a high degree of market consolidation, promote opportunities for small businesses and promote investment in the cannabis retail sector.

“The purpose of these regulations is to keep kids safe and to ensure all people operating in this tightly-regulated retail system behave with integrity, honesty, and in the public interest,” said Attorney General Caroline Mulroney. “The application process for private cannabis retail store licences will begin on December 17, 2018, and we will be ready with laws and regulations to protect Ontario’s youth and to combat the criminal market in response to the federal government’s legalization of cannabis.”

Ministry of the Attorney General

Further information and updates can be found below:

Recreational cannabis regulation updates
Recreational cannabis licensing process/portal

At Greenline, we are truly excited for the opportunity to service upcoming cannabis retailers in Ontario. Stores can get an upper hand in the licensing process by following what successful stores in Alberta and Saskatchewan have done to date by putting together complete business plans, store layouts, and sales operations for the AGCO.

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The ability to generate one-click provincial compliance reports have proven critical thus far, saving retailers several days worth of work every month and ensuring accuracy and compliance. At Greenline, we see it as our job to make compliance as easy as possible, securing licenses for stores and keeping them in business for many years to come.

Contact our team here for more information.