Overview of the licence application process: Cultivation, processing and sale for medical purposes licence  

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1.0 Who is this for

Use the content in these pages to apply for the following Health Canada cannabis licences:

These pages don't include all types of cannabis licences. For other licences, refer to:

Important: For micro-cultivation, nursery and micro-processing licences

What you need to submit in the CTLS for micro-cultivation, nursery and micro-processing licences is mostly the same as for standard cultivation, standard processing and sale for medical purposes with possession of cannabis licences. However, your site evidence package will be different. The main difference is the physical security requirements you have to meet.

2.0 Foreword and disclaimer

2.1 Foreword

The Cannabis Act sets out that an applicant must file a licence application in the form and manner set by the Minister of Health, and include all information required. These pages set out:

Under the Cannabis Act, Health Canada may require more information to process your licence application. If you don't submit the information requested, the Minister may refuse to consider your application.

2.2 Disclaimer

You need to read these pages along with the Cannabis Act and the Cannabis Regulations. If there are differences between these pages and the Cannabis Act and the Cannabis Regulations, the Act and the Regulations are correct. If there are differences between the Cannabis Tracking and Licensing System (CTLS) and these pages, these pages are correct.

Health Canada's CTLS is a Secure Web Portal and a single point of access for licence application submissions. You can access the CTLS directly at Health Canada's Secure Web portal. You should familiarize yourself with the use of this system and should refer to the CTLS getting started guide for more information.

3.0 Diagram of licence application process

Important: You can only start your cannabis activities after you've received your licence from Health Canada. Even after the issuance of your licence, your activities can be restricted.

When starting the application process, Before you start applying for a licence has more information about what you should consider before applying. It may also be helpful to use the applicable checklists that can guide you through this process.

Figure 1 provides an overview of the general licence application process and the things you need to do as an applicant.

When applying only for a sale for medical purposes without possession of cannabis licence, you don't need to:

Indigenous affiliated applicants are able to ask for a 2-stage review that lets you start applying without a fully built site. For more information, refer to Self-identify as an Indigenous affiliated applicant.

Figure 1: Overview of licence application process
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1. The key steps you need to do before you start applying for a licence are to:

  • Determine your licence type
  • Send notices to local authorities
  • Prepare your site and identify people
  • Prepare your information

2. The key steps you need to do when you apply for a licence are to:

  • Create an individual account in the CTLS
  • Create a licence application in the CTLS
  • Identified people create and submit their security clearance applications in the CTLS
  • Submit your licence application in the CTLS
  • Submit your site evidence package within 10 days after submitting your application in the CTLS

3. The key steps after you've submitted your licence application are:

  • You need to pay your fees
  • Health Canada processes security clearance applications and submitted information
  • You need to respond to information requests from Health Canada
  • Health Canada makes a decision on your licence application

1. The key steps you need to do before you start applying for a licence are to:

2. The key steps you need to do when you apply for a licence are to:

3. The key steps after you've submitted your licence application are:

4.0 Licence application checklists

The checklists are tools that can guide you through the licence application process. The checklists give a summary of the key tasks:

The checklists link to the sections in these web pages where you can find more information. The checklists are provided in the web page format and in a printable PDF format. The printable PDF format includes the suggested naming convention for each document listed in the checklist.

Important: Health Canada recommends using a document naming convention for all the information you have to submit. We can process your application more efficiently when you follow this document naming convention. It generally follows this layout: "MainCategory"_APP-#_"SubCategory"_"YYYY-MM-DD"."PDF".

  • MainCategory: Main category of the information type
  • APP-#: Your Licence application ID, which is available after you've created a licence application in the CTLS
  • SubCategory: Sub-category of the information type
  • YYYY-MM-DD: The date (year-month-date) of when your document was created
  • PDF: Document file type
  • For your corporate profile, if applicable:
    • "CompanyName"_"DocumentCategory"_"YYYY-MM-DD"."PDF"
      • CompanyName: Name of your corporation, cooperative or partnership
      • DocumentCategory: Category of the information type
      • YYYY-MM-DD: The date (year-month-date) of when your document was created
      • PDF: Document file type

4.1 Checklist: Applying for cultivation, processing and sale for medical purposes with possession of cannabis licences

Use this checklist if you're applying for:

  • micro-cultivation licence
  • nursery licence
  • micro-processing licence
  • standard cultivation licence
  • standard processing licence
  • sale for medical purposes with possession of cannabis licence

For more information on the types of cannabis licences, refer to Types of cannabis and industrial hemp licences.

View printable version of the checklist (PDF)

Section 1: Before you apply
Proposed document naming conventions
  • Sending notices to your local authorities
    • Local police force or the Royal Canadian Mounted Police detachment: “NoticePolice_APP-#_YYYY-MM-DD.PDF"
    • Local fire authority: “NoticeFire_APP-#_YYYY-MM-DD.PDF"
    • Local government: “NoticeGovernment_APP-#_YYYY-MM-DD.PDF"
Section 2: Information to prepare
Part A: Information to prepare to submit into the CTLS
  1. For corporations, cooperatives or partnerships
    • If you're a corporation: Copy of your certificate of incorporation, amalgamation or amendment
    • If you're a cooperative or a partnership: Copy of your business name registration or partnership agreement
    • If you want to use another name besides your legal business name, you can request that the other name appear on the licence. For example, Legal corporation name d.b.a. Other name. Some provinces and territories may require that this other name be registered. It is your responsibility to consult the registry of the jurisdiction where you plan to do business on the requirements for registration
  2. Site details
    • Health Canada licences, registrations and authorizations
    • Aerial view
    • If your site has multiple addresses, document listing all addresses
  3. Identified people
    • Associated individuals, if applicable:
      • Associated individuals requiring security clearances
    • For micro-processing and standard processing licences: Quality assurance person (QAP) and up to 2 alternate QAP (AQAP), if applicable
      • Qualifications of the proposed QAP or alternate form
      • Proposed QAP's or AQAP's resume or curriculum vitae (CV)
      • Proposed QAP's or AQAP's copies of degree or diploma supporting formal education relevant to QAP responsibilities
      • Supporting documents for QAP or AQAP
      • Additional information, if there isn't enough space in the Qualifications of the proposed QAP or alternate form
  4. Site ownership
    • If other individuals or organizations own the site: Site owner consent form filled out by each site owner
  5. Organizational security plan
    • Business overview
    • Template or primary document
    • People requiring a security clearance
    • Head of security
    • Organizational chart
    • Descriptions of roles and responsibilities
    • Descriptions of standard operating procedures (SOPs)
    • Attestation
  6. Good production practices
    • Good production practices report
    • For micro-processing and standard processing licences: Good production practices attestation
  7. Record keeping
    • Record keeping attestation
    • For sale for medical purposes licences: Proposed record keeping methods
      • Record keeping methods
      • Medical document verification
      • Example of your registration document
      • Client's orders and refusal to fill client's order example
      • Process to limit quantities of 150 g of dried cannabis (or its equivalent amount) per order
  8. Key investor report (choose 1 of the 2 options)
    • If you don't trade your shares on a public (published) market and have key investors, a key investor report
    • If you trade your shares on a public (published) marker or don't have key investors, an attestation
  9. For micro-cultivation, nursery and standard cultivation licences: Source of starting material
Part B: Information to prepare for the site evidence package
  • For all licences
    • Site plan
    • Floor plans
    • Description of physical barrier and site design
    • Description of restricted access measures
    • Photographs
    • Guided video tour
  • For standard cultivation, standard processing and sale for medical purposes with possession of cannabis licences
    • Visual monitoring devices detail
    • Visual monitoring still shots
    • Visual monitoring footage
    • Intrusion detection devices
    • Alarm security reports
    • Description of your access log procedure for the storage area
  • For standard cultivation licences
    • Security and visual monitoring devices for outdoor areas, if applicable
Proposed document naming conventions

Part A: Information to prepare to submit into the CTLS

  1. For corporations, cooperatives or partnerships
    • Certificate of incorporation: "CompanyName_Certificate-of-Incorporation_YYYY-MM-DD.PDF"
    • Certificate of amalgamation: "CompanyName_Certificate-of-Amalgamation_YYYY-MM-DD.PDF"
    • Certificate of amendment: "CompanyName_Certificate-of-Amendment_YYYY-MM-DD.PDF"
    • Business name registration: "CompanyName_BusinessNameRegistration_YYYY-MM-DD.PDF"
    • Partnership agreement: "CompanyName_PartnershipAgreement_YYYY-MM-DD.PDF"
  2. Site details
    • Health Canada licences, registrations and authorizations: "LicencesRegistrationsAuthorizations_APP-#_YYYY-MM-DD.PDF"
    • Aerial view: "AerialView_APP-#_YYYY-MM-DD.PDF"
    • If your site has multiple addresses, document listing all addresses: "SiteAddresses_APP-#_YYYY-MM-DD.PDF"
  3. Identified people
    • Associated individuals, if applicable: Associated individuals requiring security clearances: "People_APP-#_AssociatedIndividuals_YYYY-MM-DD.PDF"
    • For micro-processing and standard processing licences: Quality assurance person (QAP) and up to 2 alternate QAP (AQAP), if applicable
      • Qualifications of the proposed QAP or alternate form: "QAP_APP-#_Form_YYYY-MM-DD.PDF" or "AQAP-APP-#_Form_YYYY-MM-DD.PDF"
      • Proposed QAP's or AQAP's resume or curriculum vitae (CV): "QAP_APP-#_CVResume_YYYY-MM-DD.PDF" or "AQAP_APP-#_CVResume_YYYY-MM-DD.PDF"
      • Proposed QAP's or AQAP's copies of degree or diploma supporting formal education relevant to QAP responsibilities: "QAP_APP-#_Education_YYYY-MM-DD.PDF" or "AQAP_APP-#_Education_YYYY-MM-DD.PDF"
      • Supporting documents for QAP or AQAP: "QAP_APP-#_SupportingDocs_YYYY-MM-DD.PDF" or "AQAP_APP-#_SupportingDocs_YYYY-MM-DD.PDF"
      • Additional information: "QAP_ APP-#_Qualifications_YYYY-MM-DD.PDF" or "AQAP_ APP-#_Qualifications_YYYY-MM-DD.PDF"
  4. Site ownership
    • If other individuals or organizations own the site: Site owner consent form filled out by each site owner: "SiteOwnership_APP-# _YYYY-MM-DD.PDF"
  5. Organizational security plan
    • Business overview: "OSP_APP-#_BusinessOverview_YYYY-MM-DD-PDF"
    • Template or primary document: "OSP_APP-#_YYYY-MM-DD.PDF"
    • People requiring a security clearance: "OSP_APP-#_PeopleSC_YYYY-MM-DD.PDF"
    • Head of security: "OSP_APP-#_HeadOfSecurity_YYYY-MM-DD.PDF"
    • Organizational chart: "OSP_APP-#_OrganizationalChart_YYYY-MM-DD.PDF"
    • Descriptions of roles and responsibilities: "OSP_APP-# _DescriptionsRoles_YYYY-MM-DD.PDF"
    • Descriptions of standard operating procedures (SOPs): "OSP_APP-#_SOPs_YYYY-MM-DD.PDF"
    • Attestation: "OSP_APP-#_Attestation_YYYY-MM-DD.PDF"
  6. Good production practices
    • Good production practices report: "GPP_APP-#_Report or Section_YYYY-MM-DD.PDF"
    • For micro-processing and standard processing licences: Good production practices attestation: "GPP_APP-#_Attestation_YYYY-MM-DD.PDF"
  7. Record keeping
    • Record keeping attestation: "RK_APP-#_Attestation_YYYY-MM-DD.PDF"
    • For sale for medical purposes licences: Proposed record keeping methods
      • Record keeping methods: "RK _APP-#_SmpMethods_YYYY-MM-DD.PDF"
      • Medical document verification: "RK _APP-#_SmpVerification_YYYY-MM-DD.PDF"
      • Example of your registration document: "RK _APP-#_SmpRegistration_YYYY-MM-DD.PDF"
      • Client's orders and refusal to fill client's order example: "RK_APP-#_SmpOrders_YYYY-MM-DD.PDF"
      • Process to limit quantities of 150 g of dried cannabis (or its equivalent amount) per order: "RK _APP-#_Smp150g_YYYY-MM-DD.PDF"
  8. Key investor report (choose 1 of the 2 options)
    • If you don't trade your shares on a public (published) market and have key investors, a key investor report: "KeyInvestor_APP-#_Report _YYYY-MM-DD.PDF"
    • If you trade your shares on a public (published) marker or don't have key investors, an attestation: "KeyInvestor_APP-#_Attestation _YYYY-MM-DD.PDF"
  9. For micro-cultivation, nursery and standard cultivation licences: Source of starting material
    • If you're not sourcing solely from an authorized source: Declaration under subsection 10(2) of the Cannabis Regulations: "Declaration_10-2_APP-# _YYYY-MM-DD.PDF"

Part B: Information to prepare for the site evidence package

  • For all licences
    • Site plan: "SitePlan_APP-#_YYYY-MM-DD.PDF"
    • Floor plans: "FloorPlan_APP-#_YYYY-MM-DD.PDF"
    • Description of physical barrier and site design: "BarrierDesign_APP-#_YYYY-MM-DD.PDF"
    • Description of restricted access measures: "RestrictedAccess_APP-#_YYYY-MM-DD.PDF"
    • Photographs: "Photo_APP-#_Area_YYYY-MM-DD.JPEG"
    • Guided video tour: "Video_APP-#_YYYY-MM-DD.MP4"
  • For standard cultivation, standard processing and sale for medical purposes with possession of cannabis licences
    • Visual monitoring devices detail: "Visual_APP-#_Detail_YYYY-MM-DD.PDF"
    • Visual monitoring still shots: "Visual_APP-#_Area-Camera#-Day_YYYY-MM-DD.JPEG", or "Visual_APP-#_Area-Camera#-Night_YYYY-MM-DD.JPEG"
    • Visual monitoring footage: "Visual_APP-#_Footage_YYYY-MM-DD.MP4"
    • Intrusion detection devices: "IntrusionDetection_APP-#_YYYY-MM-DD.PDF"
    • Alarm security reports: "AlarmReport_APP-#_UniqueIdentifier_YYYY-MM-DD.PDF"
    • Description of your access log procedure for the storage area: "AccessControl_APP-#_YYYY-MM-DD.PDF"
  • For standard cultivation licences
    • Security and visual monitoring devices for outdoor areas, if applicable: "OutdoorSecurity_APP-#_YYYY-MM-DD.PDF"
Section 3: Create a licence application
Section 4: Submit your information
Part A: Submit your security clearance applications in the CTLS
  • Identified people to submit their security clearance applications, if applicable, no more than 1 month before you submit your licence application
Part B: Submit your information in the CTLS
  • Submit your information into the CTLS
Part C: Submit your site evidence package
  • Submit your site evidence package (must be received by Health Canada within 10 business days of the licence submission in the CTLS)
Section 5: After you've submitted your licence application
  • Pay fees (licence application-screening fee, security clearance application fees, if applicable)

4.2 Checklist: Applying for a sale for medical purposes without possession of cannabis licence

View printable version of the checklist (PDF)

Section 1: Before you apply
Section 2: Information to prepare

Information to prepare to submit into the CTLS

  1. For corporations, cooperatives or partnerships
    • If you're a corporation: Copy of your certificate of incorporation, amalgamation or amendment
    • If you're a cooperative or a partnership: Copy of your business name registration or partnership agreement
    • If you want to use another name besides your legal business name, you can request that the other name appear on the licence. For example, Legal corporation name d.b.a. Other name. Some provinces and territories may require that this other name be registered. It is your responsibility to consult the registry of the jurisdiction where you plan to do business on the requirements for registration
  2. Site details
    • Health Canada licences, registrations and authorizations
    • Aerial view
    • If your site has multiple addresses, document listing all addresses
  3. Identified people
    • Associated individuals, if applicable: For associated individuals requiring security clearances
  4. Organizational security plan
    • Business overview
    • Template or primary document
    • People requiring a security clearance
    • Head of security
    • Organizational chart
    • Descriptions of roles and responsibilities
    • Descriptions of standard operating procedures (SOPs)
    • Attestation
  5. Site plan
  6. Floor plan
  7. Record keeping
    • Record keeping attestation
    • Proposed record keeping methods
      • Record keeping methods
      • Medical document verification
      • Example of your registration document
      • Client's orders and refusal to fill client's order example
      • Process to limit quantities of 150 g of dried cannabis (or its equivalent amount) per order
  8. Key investor report (choose 1 of the 2 options)
    • If you don't trade your shares on a public (published) market and have key investors, a key investor report
    • If you trade your shares on a public (published) marker or don't have key investors, an attestation
Proposed document naming conventions
  1. For corporations, cooperatives or partnerships
    • Certificate of incorporation: "CompanyName_Certificate-of-Incorporation _YYYY-MM-DD.PDF"
    • Certificate of amalgamation: "CompanyName_Certificate-of-Amalgamation _YYYY-MM-DD.PDF"
    • Certificate of amendment: "CompanyName_Certificate-of-Amendment_YYYY-MM-DD.PDF"
    • Business name registration: "CompanyName_BusinessNameRegistration_YYYY-MM-DD.PDF"
    • Partnership agreement: "CompanyName_PartnershipAgreement_YYYY-MM-DD.PDF"
  2. Site details
    • Health Canada licences, registrations and authorizations: "LicencesRegistrationsAuthorizations_APP-#_YYYY-MM-DD.PDF"
    • Aerial view: "AerialView_APP-#_YYYY-MM-DD.PDF"
    • Document listing all addresses: "SiteAddresses_APP-#_YYYY-MM-DD.PDF"
  3. Identified people
    • Associated individuals requiring security clearances: "People_APP-#_AssociatedIndividuals_YYYY-MM-DD.PDF"
  4. Organizational security plan
    • Business overview: "OSP_APP-#_BusinessOverview_YYYY-MM-DD-PDF"
    • Template or primary document: "OSP_APP-#_YYYY-MM-DD.PDF"
    • People requiring a security clearance: "OSP_APP-#_PeopleSC_YYYY-MM-DD.PDF"
    • Head of security: "OSP_APP-#_HeadOfSecurity_YYYY-MM-DD.PDF"
    • Organizational chart: "OSP_APP-#_OrganizationalChart_YYYY-MM-DD.PDF"
    • Descriptions of roles and responsibilities: "OSP_APP-# _DescriptionsRoles_YYYY-MM-DD.PDF"
    • Descriptions of standard operating procedures (SOPs): "OSP_APP-#_SOPs_YYYY-MM-DD.PDF"
    • Attestation: "OSP_APP-#_Attestation_YYYY-MM-DD.PDF"
  5. Site plan: "SitePlan_APP-#_YYYY-MM-DD.PDF"
  6. Floor plan: "FloorPlan_APP-#_YYYY-MM-DD.PDF"
  7. Record keeping
    • Record keeping attestation: "RK_APP-#_Attestation_YYYY-MM-DD.PDF"
    • Proposed record keeping methods
      • Record keeping methods: "RK _APP-#_SmpMethods_YYYY-MM-DD.PDF"
      • Medical document verification: "RK _APP-#_SmpVerification_YYYY-MM-DD.PDF"
      • Example of your registration document: "RK _APP-#_SmpRegistration_YYYY-MM-DD.PDF"
      • Client's orders and refusal to fill client's order example: "RK_APP-#_SmpOrders_YYYY-MM-DD.PDF"
      • Process to limit quantities of 150 g of dried cannabis (or its equivalent amount) per order: "RK _APP-#_Smp150g_YYYY-MM-DD.PDF"
  8. Key investor report
    • Key investor report: "KeyInvestor_APP-#_Report _YYYY-MM-DD.PDF"
    • Key investor attestation: "KeyInvestor_APP-#_Attestation _YYYY-MM-DD.PDF"
Section 3: Create a licence application
Section 4: Submit your information
Part A: Submit your security clearance applications in the CTLS
  • Identified people to submit their security clearance applications, if applicable, no more than 1 month before you submit your licence application
Part B: Submit your information in the CTLS
  • Submit your information into the CTLS
Section 5: After you've submitted your licence application
  • Pay fees (licence application-screening fee, security clearance application fees, if applicable)

5.0 Contact us

For questions related to the CTLS, contact Health Canada by email at ctls-sscdl@hc-sc.gc.ca or by phone at 1-866-337-7705 (toll free).

For questions related to a specific licence application, contact Health Canada by email at licensing-cannabis-licences@hc-sc.gc.ca. Include your Licence application ID found in the CTLS. The subject line should be, "Questions about APP #".

For general questions, contact Health Canada by email at cannabis@hc-sc.gc.ca or by phone at 1-866-337-7705 (toll free).

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