Market Data

This information is collected under the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations, which replaced the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations on August 24, 2016.

Based on market data, there is overall sufficient supply of cannabis for medical purposes to meet the current needs of registered clients.

Second quarter (Q2) of fiscal year 2017-18 updates:

As a continuation of our improvements to data reporting, in Q2 of 2017-18 Health Canada is beginning to report:

  • The cumulative number of medical practitioners who have ever provided a medical document for a client who registered with a licensed producer:
  • The number of personal/designated registration applications processed per month; and
  • The number of personal/designated registration application related calls answered in our dedicated call centre.

Below is a summary of other recent reporting changes:

In the first quarter (Q1) of fiscal year 2017-18 Health Canada began to report:

  • The total number of client shipments per month by province of residence; and
  • The total number of medical practitioners per month that provided a medical document for a client who registered with a licensed producer

In addition, in Q1 Health Canada began reporting monthly breakdowns for:

  • Dried marijuana sales, amounts released for sale, inventory; and
  • Cannabis oil sales, amounts released for sale, inventory.

Finally, in Q1 Health Canada began reporting the following information by province of residence:

  • Total number of client registrations with a licensed producer at end of month;
  • Total number of active registrations for personal and/or designated production at end of month;
  • Total number of personal producers at end of month; and
  • Total number of designated producers at end of month.

In October 2016, Health Canada clarified reporting requirements for licensed producers. Licensed producers were asked to report on the amount of cannabis for medical purposes that they have released for sale to clients. This amount includes only product that has been approved for sale to clients (e.g., tested and ready for sale), which may have been produced in either the current or a previous reporting period. As such, this amount excludes product that was produced during the current reporting period and not yet approved for sale (e.g., not yet tested and ready for sale).

This reporting change, beginning with data in Q3 2016-17, allows for a more accurate picture of the volume of supply that is available to registered clients; and, more consistent period-over-period analysis. It also aligns more closely with the inventory tracking practices of the licensed producers. Note: the change does not allow for a direct comparison with previous reporting periods.

In Q3 2016-17, Health Canada also began to report on the number of active registration certificates issued to persons that are authorized to produce a limited amount of cannabis for their own medical purposes, or who have been designated to produce for another person.

Finally, it should be noted that in May 2017, Health Canada implemented a number of improvements to streamline the application process for issuing licences and enabling increased production of cannabis for medical purposes.

Cannabis for Medical Purposes (FY 2017-18) - Licensed Producers: Monthly Data
  Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
  Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sept. Oct. Nov. Dec. Jan. Feb. Mar.
Dried Marijuana
Amount sold to clients (kilograms) 1,921 2,081 1,894 1,893 2,028 1,984            
Amount released for sale to clients (kilograms)Table 5 Footnote 1 1,947 3,773 3,468 1,857 3,482 3,817            
Total amount in licensed producers' inventories at end of month (kilograms)Table 5 Footnote 2 20,964 22,682 25,077 28,179 27,273 29,312            
Cannabis Oil
Amount sold to clients (kilograms) 1,918 2,165 2,111 2,416 2,675 2,578            
Amount released for sale to clients (kilograms)Table 5 Footnote 3 2,161 1,718 2,309 2,251 2,658 2,396            
Total amount in licensed producers' inventories at end of month (kilograms)Table 5 Footnote 4 5,142 5,381 6,713 8,708 8,293 8,585            
Total number of client registrations at end of monthTable 5 Footnote 5:
Canada 174,503 188,200 201,398 211,603 224,898 235,621            
Alberta 60,479 68,055 74,013 79,170 85,541 91,150            
British Columbia 7,454 7,756 8,103 8,433 8,815 9,061            
Manitoba 2,987 3,325 3,598 3,849 4,249 4,663            
New Brunswick 5,284 5,511 5,748 5,837 6,027 6,094            
Newfoundland and Labrador 1,853 2,027 2,162 2,233 2,399 2,521            
Northwest Territories 112 123 125 138 138 144            
Nova Scotia 7,685 8,087 8,737 9,158 9,736 10,296            
Nunavut 47 45 46 51 57 61            
Ontario 77,692 81,522 86,196 89,483 93,508 96,390            
Prince Edward Island 739 782 831 864 945 1,006            
Quebec 5,149 5,330 5,630 5,886 6,172 6,369            
Saskatchewan 4,937 5,535 6,108 6,397 7,193 7,749            
Yukon 85 102 101 104 118 117            
Total number of shipments to registered clients during month:
Canada 86,985 102,034 103,270 104,737 111,511 109,603            
Alberta 30,103 33,970 33,889 34,114 35,653 36,518            
British Columbia 2,876 3,332 3,278 3,237 3,370 3,342            
Manitoba 1,462 1,774 1,827 1,871 2,114 2,110            
New Brunswick 2,902 2,991 2,787 2,752 3,043 2,901            
Newfoundland and Labrador 1,204 1,432 1,366 1,377 1,474 1,477            
Northwest Territories 76 101 91 83 93 93            
Nova Scotia 3,467 3,829 3,932 3,916 4,344 4,595            
Nunavut 30 40 38 35 46 42            
Ontario 39,165 47,746 49,159 50,373 53,825 51,007            
Prince Edward Island 456 537 533 543 537 550            
Quebec 2,790 3,452 3,417 3,556 3,808 3,752            
Saskatchewan 2,407 2,776 2,901 2,826 3,130 3,160            
Yukon 47 54 52 54 74 56            
Health Care Practitioners
Medical practitioners that provided a medical document for a client who registered with an LP in the reporting period 2,359 2,314 2,786 2,544 2,284 2,643            
Total number of medical practitioners that have ever provided a medical document for a client who registered with an LP N/A N/A N/A 9,726 10,179 10,433            
Average amount of dried marijuana for medical purposes authorized per client (grams/day)Table 5 Footnote 6 2.3 2.3 2.3 2.3 2.3 2.5            
Table 5 Footnote 1

This refers to the amount of dried marijuana that was made available for sale to registered clients during each month (expressed in kg of dried marijuana). Production data was reported in this manner starting in October 2016.

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Table 5 Footnote 2

Changes in inventories may be a result of amounts of dried marijuana sold, produced, destroyed and imported.

Inventory refers to all dried marijuana held in stock at the end of each month. This may include dried marijuana that: (1) is intended for sale, but has not yet been tested/approved; (2) is approved for sale (has been tested and is ready for sale); (3) is intended for extraction activities; or (4) is being held as samples.

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Table 5 Footnote 3

This refers to the amount of cannabis oil that was made available for sale to registered clients during each month (expressed in kg of cannabis oil). Production data was reported in this manner starting in October 2016.

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Table 5 Footnote 4

Changes in inventories may be a result of amounts of cannabis oil sold, produced, destroyed and imported.

Inventory refers to all cannabis oil held in stock at the end of each month. This may include cannabis oil that: (1) is intended for sale, but has not yet been tested/approved; (2) is approved for sale (has been tested and is ready for sale); or (3) is being held as samples.

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Table 5 Footnote 5

This refers to the number of active client registrations with licensed producers at the end of each month. Individuals may be registered with more than one licensed producer provided an original medical document was used with each registration. Clients of licensed producers may also be registered with Health Canada to produce a limited amount of cannabis for their own medical purposes or to designate someone to produce it for them.

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Table 5 Footnote 6

The ACMPR requires that health care practitioners include the daily quantity of dried marijuana, expressed in grams, on all medical documents used to register a client. It is the responsibility of each licensed producer to determine the quantity of cannabis oil that is equivalent to one gram of dried marijuana ("the equivalency factor"). Information about the equivalency factor is available on each licensed producer's website.

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Cannabis for Medical Purposes (FY 2017-18) - Personal and Designated Production: Monthly Data
  Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
  Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sept. Oct. Nov. Dec. Jan. Feb. Mar.
Table 6 Footnote 1

This refers to the number of applications which have completed all processing steps. The process can result in a number of outcomes:

  • the issuance of a registration certificate to the applicant, in the case of new applications, renewals or amendments;
  • the application being returned in the case where the application was incomplete;
  • the issuance of a notice of intent to refuse or a notice of final refusal.

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Number of Active Registrations (as of the last day of the reporting period)
Canada 4,480 5,212 6,880 8,823 10,547 11,640            
Alberta 419 468 629 877 1,062 1,224            
British Columbia 1,489 1,720 2,201 2,797 3,329 3,511            
Manitoba 95 140 184 224 256 274            
New Brunswick 164 194 259 357 440 498            
Newfoundland and Labrador 24 30 38 43 50 53            
Northwest Territories 4 4 4 6 6 6            
Nova Scotia 205 232 281 347 423 471            
Nunavut 0 0 0 0 0 0            
Ontario 1,641 1,923 2,590 3,294 3,871 4,279            
Prince Edward Island 11 12 14 18 22 25            
Quebec 277 329 487 635 839 1,040            
Saskatchewan 150 158 191 228 246 255            
Yukon 1 2 2 3 3 4            
Production for Own Medical Purposes
Canada 4,148 4,822 6,374 8,186 9,815 10,916            
Alberta 406 449 598 833 1,015 1,174            
British Columbia 1,357 1,565 2,002 2,558 3,064 3,264            
Manitoba 91 134 175 210 241 261            
New Brunswick 154 183 244 337 420 481            
Newfoundland and Labrador 23 28 36 41 47 50            
Northwest Territories 4 4 4 5 5 5            
Nova Scotia 185 210 257 314 386 432            
Nunavut 0 0 0 0 0 0            
Ontario 1,538 1,800 2,433 3,094 3,637 4,043            
Prince Edward Island 11 12 14 18 22 25            
Quebec 236 286 427 554 740 930            
Saskatchewan 142 149 182 219 235 247            
Yukon 1 2 2 3 3 4            
Production by Designated Person
Canada 332 390 506 637 732 724            
Alberta 13 19 31 44 47 50            
British Columbia 132 155 199 233 265 247            
Manitoba 4 6 9 14 15 13            
New Brunswick 10 11 15 20 20 17            
Newfoundland and Labrador 1 2 2 2 3 3            
Northwest Territories 0 0 0 1 1 1            
Nova Scotia 20 22 24 33 37 39            
Nunavut 0 0 0 0 0 0            
Ontario 103 123 157 200 234 236            
Prince Edward Island 0 0 0 0 0 0            
Quebec 41 43 60 81 99 110            
Saskatchewan 8 9 9 9 11 8            
Yukon 0 0 0 0 0 0            
Client Service Data
The number of personal/designated registration applications processed per monthTable 6 Footnote 1 N/A N/A N/A 2,870 3,212 2,925            
The number of personal/designated registration application related calls answered per month N/A N/A N/A 5,780 5,924 5,756            
Cannabis for Medical Purposes (FY 2016-17) - Licensed Producers: Quarterly Data
  April 1, 2016 to June 30, 2016 (Q1) July 1, 2016 to September 30, 2016 (Q2) October 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016 (Q3) January 1, 2017 to March 31, 2017 (Q4)
Dried Marijuana
Amount sold to clients (kilograms) 4,037 4,773 5,134  5,836
Amount produced (kilograms) 5,014 5,734 N/A N/A
Amount released for sale to clients (kilograms) N/A N/A 4,577  5,674 
Amount in licensed producers' inventories at end of month (kilograms)Table 1 Footnote 1 11,788 13,246 18,087 18,140
Cannabis Oil
Amount sold to clients (kilograms) 1,500 2,420 4,109  5,673 
Amount produced (kilograms) 1,654 3,116 N/A  N/A
Amount released for sale to clients (kilograms) N/A N/A 3,975 5,298
Amount in licensed producers' inventories at end of month (kilograms)Table 1 Footnote 2 2,038 3,330 3,724  5,198 
Client Data
Average amount of dried marijuana for medical purposes authorized per client (grams/day)Table 1 Footnote 3 2.7 2.6 2.5 2.4
Average amount of marijuana for medical purposes per client shipment (grams/day) 0.96 0.89 0.79 0.75
Total number of clients registered at end of quarter 75,166 98,460 129,876  167,754
Table 1 Footnote 1

Changes in inventories may be a result of amounts of dried marijuana sold, produced, destroyed and imported.

Inventory refers to all dried marijuana held in stock at the end of each quarter. This may include dried marijuana that: (1) is intended for sale, but has not yet been tested/approved; (2) is approved for sale (has been tested and is ready for sale); (3) is intended for extraction activities; or (4) is being held as samples. Companies may only keep inventory up to the maximum capacity allowed by their licence.

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Table 1 Footnote 2

Changes in inventories may be a result of amounts of cannabis oil sold, produced, destroyed and imported.

Inventory refers to all cannabis oil held in stock at the end of each quarter. This may include cannabis oil that: (1) is intended for sale, but has not yet been tested/approved; (2) is approved for sale (has been tested and is ready for sale); or (3) is being held as samples. Companies may only keep inventory up to the maximum capacity allowed by their licence.

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Table 1 Footnote 3

The MMPR required that health care practitioners include the daily quantity of dried marijuana, expressed in grams, on all medical documents used to register a client. This remains a requirement under the ACMPR. It is the responsibility of each licensed producer to determine the quantity of cannabis oil that is equivalent to one gram of dried marijuana ("the equivalency factor"). Information about the equivalency factor is available on each licensed producer's website.

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Cannabis for Medical Purposes (FY 2016-17) - Personal and Designated Production: Quarterly Data
  April 1, 2016 to June 30, 2016 (Q1) July 1, 2016 to September 30, 2016 (Q2) October 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016 (Q3) January 1, 2017 to March 31, 2017 (Q4)
Number of Active Registrations
(as of the last day of the reporting period)
Total N/A 192 2,007  3,422
Production for Own Medical Purposes N/A 189 1,899 3,186
Production by Designated Person N/A 3 108  236
2015 - 2016 Fiscal Year
  April 1, 2015 to June 30, 2015 (Q1) July 1, 2015 to September 30, 2015 (Q2) October 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015 (Q3) January 1, 2016 to March 31, 2016 (Q4)
Dried Marijuana
Amount sold to clients (kilograms) 1,371 1,873 2,481 3,082
Amount produced (kilograms)Table 3 Footnote 1 1,867 2,142 2,684 4,037
Amount in licensed producers' inventories at end of quarter (kilograms)Table 3 Footnote 2 5,445 7,312 9,729 10,695
Cannabis Oil
Amount sold to clients (kilograms) N/A N/A Table 3 Footnote 3 584
Amount produced (kilograms)Table 3 Footnote 4 N/A 9 128 892
Amount in licensed producers' inventories at end of quarter (kilograms)Table 3 Footnote 5 N/A 7 208 1,421
Client Data
Average amount of dried marijuana for medical purposes authorized per client (grams/day)Table 3 Footnote 6 3.3 3.0 2.9 2.8
Average amount of marijuana for medical purposes per client shipment (grams/day) 1.08 1.12 1.12 1.03
Total number of clients registered at end of quarter 23,930 30,537 39,668 53,649
Table 3 Footnote 1

This refers to the amount of dried marijuana produced that was tested, approved, and ready for sale during each quarter (expressed in kg of dried marijuana).

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Table 3 Footnote 2

Changes in inventories may be a result of amounts of dried marijuana sold, produced, destroyed and imported.

Inventory refers to all dried marijuana held in stock at the end of each quarter. This may include dried marijuana that: (1) has been dried, but not tested; (2) has been dried and tested, but not approved; or (3) is ready for sale (has been dried, tested, approved, packaged and labelled). Companies may only keep inventory up to the maximum capacity allowed by their licence.

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Table 3 Footnote 3

There were sales of cannabis oil in Q3 by only one licensed producer. As the data is not aggregate sales from multiple licensed producers, the specific amount of cannabis oil sold is being withheld because it is considered confidential business information.

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Table 3 Footnote 4

This refers to the amount of cannabis oil produced that was tested, approved, and ready for sale during each quarter (expressed in kg of cannabis oil).

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Table 3 Footnote 5

Changes in inventories may be a result of amounts of cannabis oil sold, produced, and destroyed.

Inventory refers to all cannabis oil held in stock at the end of each quarter. This may include cannabis oil that: (1) has not been tested; (2) has been tested, but not approved; or (3) is ready for sale (has been tested, approved, packaged and labelled). Companies may only keep inventory up to the maximum capacity allowed by their licence.

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Table 3 Footnote 6

The Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations require that health care practitioners include the daily quantity of dried marijuana, expressed in grams, on all medical documents used to register a client. It is the responsibility of each licensed producer to determine the quantity of cannabis oil that is equivalent to one gram of dried marijuana ("the equivalency factor"). Information about the equivalency factor is available on each licensed producer's website.

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MMPR Market Data - Dried Marijuana (2015-2016)

Graph of the data from the preceding table

Changes in inventories may be a result of amounts of dried marijuana sold, produced, destroyed and imported.

Inventory refers to all dried marijuana held in stock at the end of each quarter. This may include dried marijuana that: (1) has been dried, but not tested; (2) has been dried and tested, but not approved; or (3) is ready for sale (has been dried, tested, approved, packaged and labelled). Companies may only keep inventory up to the maximum capacity allowed by their licence. 

MMPR Market Data - Cannabis Oil (2015-2016)Footnote a

Graph of the data from the preceding table

Please note that changes in inventories may be a result of amounts of cannabis oil sold, produced, and destroyed.

Inventory refers to all cannabis oil held in stock at the end of each quarter. This may include cannabis oil that: (1) has not been tested; (2) has been tested, but not approved; or (3) is ready for sale (has been tested, approved, packaged and labelled). Companies may only keep inventory up to the maximum capacity allowed by their licence. 

2014 - 2015 Fiscal Year

Market Data: Marijuana for Medical Purposes
  April 1, 2014 to June 30, 2014 (Q1) July 1, 2014 to September 30, 2014 (Q2) October 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014 (Q3) January 1, 2015 to March 31, 2015 (Q4)
Amount of dried marijuana sold to clients (kilograms) 408 596 789 979
Amount of dried marijuana produced during quarter (kilograms)Table 4 Footnote 1 1,020 1,435 1,809 1,618
Amount of dried marijuana for medical purposes in licensed producers' inventories at end of quarter (kilograms)Table 4 Footnote 2 1,134 2,021 2,994 4,667
Average amount of marijuana for medical purposes authorized per client (grams/day) 4 4 4 4
Average amount of marijuana for medical purposes per client shipment (grams/day) 1 1 1 1
Total number of clients registered at end of quarter 7,914 12,409 15,545 18,512
Table 4 Footnote 1

This refers to the amount of dried marijuana produced that was tested, approved, and ready for sale during each quarter (expressed in kg of dried marijuana). The amount does not include cannabis oil.

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Table 4 Footnote 2

Changes in inventories may be a result of amounts of marijuana for medical purposes sold, produced, destroyed and imported.

Inventory refers to all dried marijuana held in stock at the end of each quarter. This may include dried marijuana that: (1) has been dried, but not tested; (2) has been dried and tested, but not approved; or (3) is ready for sale (has been dried, tested, approved, packaged and labelled). Companies may only keep inventory up to the maximum capacity allowed by their licence.

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MMPR Market Data (2014-2015)

Graph of the data from the first three rows of the preceding table
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