Cost recovery for the regulation of cannabis

The Cannabis Fees Order was published in the Canada Gazette, Part II and came into force on October 17, 2018.

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Who this information is for

The Cannabis Act establishes the authority to charge fees to recover federal government costs through a ministerial order.

As of October 17, 2018, fees will apply to these licences:

  • cultivation (standard, micro, nursery)
  • processing (standard, micro)
  • sales for medical purposes

There are several fees:

  • a fee for screening licence applications
  • a fee for conducting security clearances
  • a fee for processing applications for permits to import or export cannabis for scientific or medical purposes
  • an annual regulatory fee to cover other regulatory costs, including:
    • detailed review of licence applications
    • review and issuance of licence amendments
    • inspections, compliance and enforcement activities

Ministerial Order

Additional information on the Ministerial Order can be found at:


Between July 12 and August 13, 2018 Health Canada engaged with stakeholders on the Proposed Approach to Cost Recovery for the Regulation of Cannabis.

A summary of feedback received, as well as how the feedback was included in the final design of the fees, can be found in the Regulatory Impact Analysis Statement (RIAS) in the Canada Gazette, Part II.

Cost recovery information

We give detailed information on fee payment in:

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Cannabis Legalization and Regulation Branch
Health Canada
Address locator 0602E
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0K9

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