Forward Regulatory Plan 2023-2025: Amendments to the Cannabis Regulations (Streamlining Certain Regulatory Obligations)

Title of Regulatory Initiative

Amendments to the Cannabis Regulations (Streamlining Certain Regulatory Obligations)

Enabling Act

Cannabis Act


Health Canada is considering potential amendments to the Cannabis Regulations, to streamline and clarify existing requirements; eliminate inefficiencies in the regulations such as duplication between requirements; and reduce administrative and regulatory burden, while continuing to meet the public health and public safety objectives of the Act.

Regulatory cooperation efforts (domestic and international)

This initiative is not part of a formal regulatory cooperation work plan.

Potential impacts on people in Canada, including businesses

It is anticipated that the proposed amendments would reduce the overall regulatory burden on regulated parties, without compromising the public health and safety objectives of the Cannabis Act.

Stakeholders that may be impacted by these proposed amendments include licence holders under the Cannabis Act and provinces and territories.


A Notice of Intent was also published in the Canada Gazette, Part I, on March 25, 2023 with a 60-day public comment period to inform the population of Canada and seek input on potential changes to the Cannabis Regulations.

The comments received through this public consultation are currently being reviewed by Health Canada to inform and prioritize proposed regulatory amendments.

People in Canada will also have the opportunity to provide comments on the regulatory proposal during the Canada Gazette, Part I public comment period, which is expected to take place in spring 2024 and last 30 days.

Further information

Additional information can be requested from the departmental contact.

Departmental contact information

Jacqueline Oddi
Acting Director
Regulatory, Legislative and Economic Affairs Division
Strategic Policy (Cannabis)
Controlled Substances and Cannabis Branch
Health Canada

Telephone: 778-239-3405

Date the regulatory initiative was first included in the Forward Regulatory

April 2022

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