Regulatory Initiative: Regulations Supporting the Proposed Cannabis Act - Forward Regulatory Plan 2018-2020

Title or working title of the regulatory initiative

Regulations Supporting the Proposed Cannabis Act

Description of the objective

The proposed Cannabis Act would create a strict legal framework for controlling the production, distribution, sale and possession of cannabis across Canada. While a number of provisions in the Act will come into force upon Royal Assent, others require regulations to have full effect. Regulations are needed to:

  • support the licensing of the production, distribution and sale of cannabis;
  • set product rules and standards such as packaging and labelling;
  • maintain access to cannabis for medical purposes; and,
  • allow for the production of industrial hemp.

Enabling Act

Proposed Cannabis Act

Indication of business impacts

There may be business impacts. The "One-for-One" Rule and/or the Small Business Lens may apply.

Public consultation opportunities

In November 2017, Health Canada published a Notice of intent to develop regulations under the proposed Cannabis Act in the Canada Gazette, Part I, as well as a consultation paper entitled Proposed Approach to the Regulation of Cannabis, which sought public input and views on the proposed approach to developing these regulations. The consultation paper set out a comprehensive series of regulatory proposals in the following areas: licences, permits, and authorizations; security clearances; the cannabis tracking system; product standards, packaging and labelling; cannabis for medical purposes; and health products and cosmetics containing cannabis. The 60-day public consultation period on these regulatory proposals ended on January 20, 2018.

In March 2018, Health Canada published a summary of comments received. As part of this consultation summary, Health Canada also provided additional details on the proposed regulatory approach in areas such as packaging and labelling, where regulated parties require advance notice of regulatory requirements prior to the publication of final regulations.

To support the coming into force of the proposed Cannabis Act, final regulations will be published in the Canada Gazette, Part II, as soon as possible following Royal Assent of the proposed Act.

As per the amendment to Bill C-45, the proposed Cannabis Act, adopted by the House of Commons Standing Committee on Health in October 2017, the legal sale of cannabis edible products and concentrates would be permitted no later than 12 months following the coming into force of the proposed legislation. Regulations are required to address unique public health and safety risks associated with these classes of cannabis. Health Canada intends to consult with Canadians on the development of regulations for cannabis edibles and concentrates in 2018.

Further information can be found on the Cannabis website.

Departmental contact

John Clare
Cannabis Legalization and Regulation Secretariat
Cannabis Legalization and Regulation Branch
Health Canada

Telephone: 1-866-337-7705

For More Information

To learn about upcoming or ongoing consultations on proposed federal regulations, visit the Canada Gazette and Consulting with Canadians websites.

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