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2024 to 2025 Annual cannabis licence fees update 2024-02-20 Health Canada has published the 2024 to 2025 annual updates to cannabis transactional fees in the Canada Gazette, Part I. Transactional fees for fees related to application screening, security clearances and import and export permits are adjusted annually on April 1, as per the Cannabis Fees Order. They will be increasing by 4.4%, in line with Statistics Canada’s 2023 Consumer Price Index. Standard processing licence
Micro-processing licence
Standard cultivation licence
Micro-cultivation licence
Sale for medical purposes licence
Nursery licence
Any Cannabis Act
Fees
Other legislations or regulations
Now available: Reporting requirements for cannabis and industrial hemp licences 2024-02-20 Health Canada is launching a new page which provides a summary of reporting requirements for cannabis and industrial hemp licences holders. The page lists the reports that you may need to submit throughout the year, along with key information for each. This includes a description, links to associated forms, contact information and deadlines. (Any) all licence holders Any Compliance
Reporting requirements
Other legislations or regulations
Changes to submission requirements for cultivation, processing and sale for medical purposes licences 2024-01-23 Health Canada recognizes the need to reduce burden on industry while balancing program improvements and the protection of the health and safety of Canadians. Following a review of general industry compliance and risk related to physical security, there’ll be reductions to the submission requirements as of January 23, 2024. These changes will impact applicants when applying for a licence, and licence holders when requesting changes to their licence. Standard processing licence
Micro-processing licence
Standard cultivation licence
Micro-cultivation licence
Sale for medical purposes licence
Nursery licence
Edibles
Extracts
Topicals
Dried cannabis
Fresh cannabis
Plants
Plant seeds
Licence application,
amendments and renewals
Physical security measures
Rak is added to the List of Approved Cultivars for the 2024 growing season 2024-01-23 The 2024 List of Approved Cultivars (LOAC) is now available on the Health Canada website. The 2024 LOAC includes the addition of Rak as a new cultivar. The next submission deadline is February 1, 2024. However, Licence Holders can submit varieties at any time of the year. Industrial hemp licence Hemp Industrial Hemp Regulations
Updates to cannabis key investor information 2024-01-09 The Cannabis key investors: Cultivation, processing and sale for medical purposes licences guidance web page, attestation and reporting form have been updated. The updates include clearer wording, added examples and improvements to the existing reporting form. There are no changes to the requirements and reports are still due January 31, 2024. Standard processing licence
Micro-processing licence
Standard cultivation licence
Micro-cultivation licence
Sale for medical purposes licence
Nursery licence
any Key investors
Reporting requirements for serious adverse reactions during non-therapeutic research with cannabis 2023-12-05 Regulatory obligations and reporting instructions for licence holders conducting non-therapeutic research with cannabis (NTRC) for reporting serious adverse reactions during NTRC studies. Research licence Edibles
Extracts
Topicals
Dried cannabis
Fresh cannabis
Plants
Plant seeds
Hemp
Cannabis regulations
Reporting requirements
Other legislations or regulations
Guidance on cannabis products with intoxicating cannabinoids other than delta-9-THC 2023-12-05 Some licensed producers are making cannabis products deliberately made with intoxicating cannabinoids other than delta-9-THC to get around important public health and public safety controls. As such, Health Canada recommends that licence holders apply the controls in this guidance to these cannabis products. Health Canada will continue to monitor the situation and update the guidance accordingly. (Any) all licence holders Edibles
Extracts
Topicals
Dried cannabis
Fresh cannabis
THC
Packaging / Labelling
Testing
Making changes to a quality assurance person (QAP) 2023-11-28 When adding or replacing a quality assurance person (QAP) or alternate QAP, provide all required information including the completed Qualifications of the proposed QAP or alternate QAP for a processing licence form and a copy of the proposed QAP or alternate's resume. Learn more about submitting a QAP change request. Standard processing licence
Micro-processing licence
  Good production practices (GPP)
Quality assurance person (QAP)
Key site personnel and licenced individuals
Selling cannabis with your licence 2023-11-28 Most cannabis licences authorize sales to other licences holders. Consult the Types of cannabis and industrial hemp licences web page to see to whom you can sell your bulk cannabis and cannabis products based on your licence type. Standard processing licence
Micro-processing licence
Standard cultivation licence
Micro-cultivation licence
Sale for medical purposes licence
Nursery licence
Edibles
Extracts
Topicals
Dried cannabis
Fresh cannabis
Plants
Plant seeds
Cannabis Act
Cannabis Regulations
Consequential amendments to the Cannabis Regulations related to food additives 2023-11-06 Health Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency are seeking feedback on the regulatory proposal to modernize the regulatory frameworks for food compositional standards, microbiological criteria, methods of analysis and food additives. This proposal also includes consequential amendments to the Cannabis Regulations related to food additives. (Any) all licence holders Edibles Cannabis composition requirements
Legislation and regulations
Other legislations or regulations
Updates to application requirements for cannabis research licences 2023-10-31 The Cannabis licensing application: Research licence web pages have been updated. This includes updates to information on non-therapeutic research on cannabis (NTRC) including application submission and physical security requirements for institution-wide research licences. Do not use any previous versions of these pages. Research licence Edibles
Extracts
Topicals
Dried cannabis
Fresh cannabis
Plants
Plant seeds
Cannabis regulations
Licence applications
Renewing your cannabis licence: How, when and what to submit 2023-10-31 To renew your cannabis licence, you need to submit your application within 4 months of your licence expiry date. All your information must be up to date including your organizational security plan, security clearances and a compliant key investor report submitted during the most recent reporting period (January). Standard processing licence
Micro-processing licence
Standard cultivation licence
Micro-cultivation licence
Sale for medical purposes licence
Nursery licence
  Cannabis tracking and licensing system (CTLS)
Renewals
Licence application, amendments, & renewals
Program update: Changes to the process of adding sale authorization of cannabis products to processing licences 2023-10-18 Streamlining the assessment of authorized activity change requests for the sale of cannabis extracts, edibles and topicals (Any) all licence holders Edibles
Extracts
Topicals
Sales amendments
Inspections
Industry guidance: Preventive control plan for cannabis extracts and edible cannabis 2023-09-20 Notice to the cannabis industry on the publication of guidance for the development, implementation and maintenance of preventive control plans. Standard processing licence
Micro-processing licence
Edibles
Extracts
Cannabis Regulations
Good production practices (GPP)
Standard operating procedures (SOPs)
Updating your licence in the Cannabis Tracking and Licensing System 2023-09-20 You are responsible for maintaining up-to-date information about your licence and site in the Cannabis Tracking and Licensing System. Your records in the system must reflect your current staff and facility, which includes information on your site personnel, directors and officers, and physical security measures. Standard processing licence
Micro-processing licence
Standard cultivation licence
Micro-cultivation licence
Sale for medical purposes licence
Nursery licence
  Cannabis Act
Cannabis Regulations
Cannabis tracking and licensing system (CTLD)
Now available: Summary report for the 2021-2022 review of the Cannabis Cost Recovery Framework 2023-08-31 In 2021-2022, Health Canada conducted a review of the Cannabis Cost Recovery Framework to better understand the impact of fees charged to licence holders in the legal cannabis industry. This was to assess the progress made towards key policy objectives and towards full cost recovery. We're reaching out to inform you that the summary report for the 2021-2022 Review of the Cannabis Cost Recovery Framework is now available online. Standard processing licence
Micro-processing licence
Standard cultivation licence
Micro-cultivation licence
Sale for medical purposes licence
Nursery licence
  Fees
COVID-19 update: Cannabis licence holders 2023-05-04 Health Canada adjusted its administration and enforcement priorities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to provide greater flexibility to cannabis licence holders to operate. This update was emailed to cannabis licence holders on May 4, 2023. Standard processing licence
Micro-processing licence
Standard cultivation licence
Micro-cultivation licence
Sale for medical purposes licence
Nursery licence
Any Cannabis Act
Cannabis Regulations
COVID-19
COVID-19 update: Industrial Hemp Licence Holders 2023-05-04 Health Canada adjusted its administration and enforcement priorities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to provide greater flexibility to industrial hemp licence holders to operate. This update was emailed to industrial hemp licence holders on May 4, 2023. Industrial hemp licence Hemp Import or export permits
Industrial Hemp Regulations
COVID-19
Online course for Licence Holders: Cannabis Act and Regulations - Understanding Compliance and Enforcement 2023-08-24 Health Canada announces the launch of the Cannabis Act and Regulations - Understanding Compliance and Enforcement online training course. This self-paced course helps federal cannabis licence holders understand their obligations under the Cannabis Act and the Cannabis Regulations. (Any) all licence holders Edibles
Extracts
Topicals
Dried cannabis
Fresh cannabis
Plants
Plant seeds
Hemp
Cannabis Act
Cannabis Regulations
Compliance
Expanding your site after receiving your licence 2023-07-28 You can get a licence for a modest-sized site and scale up later. Include only a portion of the areas within your site perimeter on your initial licence application and add new areas to your licensed site later. Learn more about seeking approval for changes to your site after licensing. Standard processing licence, Micro-processing licence, Standard cultivation licence, Micro-cultivation licence, Sale for medical purposes licence, Nursery licence Any Physical security measures Licence amendments Licence applications
Changes to GCKey Login will affect CTLS users 2023-07-28 The Government of Canada will be implementing two-factor authentication (2FA) for their GCKey service. Beginning July 31, 2023, users of CTLS who sign-in using their GCKey credentials will be asked to set up 2FA before continuing. Those who use a sign-in partner will not be impacted. Questions regarding this change can be directed to the GCKey service at 1-855-438-1102. (Any) all licence holders Any Cannabis tracking and licensing system (CTLS)
Cannabis data gathering program 2023-07-13 Health Canada is announcing the implementation of a data gathering program that will allow the department to proactively collect information on the legal and illicit cannabis markets in Canada, thereby strengthening its ability to provide Canadians with the information they need to make informed decisions and minimize the health and safety risks associated with cannabis consumption. (Any) all licence holders Edibles, Extracts, Dried cannabis, Hemp Compliance, Testing
Quality assurance persons (QAP) for processing licences 2023-06-28 The quality assurance person (QAP) may assign quality assurance duties to others on-site to address risks (for example: a quality assurance team) if they work remotely or part-time. However, the QAP remains responsible for the quality of the cannabis produced on site and investigating complaints. Use the mandatory form to add or remove a QAP or alternate QAPs. Standard processing licence, Micro-processing licence Any Good production practices (GPP), Quality assurance person (QAP), Key site personnel and licenced individuals
Update: Data on commercial cannabis licence applications and licences web page 2023-08-30 The Data on commercial cannabis licence applications and licences web page has been updated. This update reflects Health Canada's data as of June 30th, 2023 on commercial cannabis licence applications received and licences issued, broken down by province or territory and licence category. Standard processing licence, Micro-processing licence, Standard cultivation licence, Micro-cultivation licence, Sale for medical pruposes licence, Nursery licence Any Cannabis Act, Licence amendments, Licence applications
Cannabis fees order: Compliance and enforcement actions 2023-06-07 Please refer to the update on the Cannabis Fees Order on what licence holders must do and consequences of not paying fees on time. The Cannabis Fees Order guide has also been updated and is available through this update page. Key updates include additional operational guidance, expanded information on commonly requested topics, clearer plain language explanations of the Cannabis Fees Order, and information on how to pay transactional fees by credit card. Standard processing licence, Micro-processing licence, Standard cultivation licence, Micro-cultivation licence, Sale for medical purposes licence, Nursery licence Any Cannabis Act, Fees, Licence applications, Compliance
List of Approved Cultivars for the 2023 growing season: Chola, CNAP1HOH and Jurassic added 2023-06-07 The 2023 List of Approved Cultivars (LOAC) is now available on Health Canada's website. The 2023 LOAC includes the addition of the new Chola, CNAP1HOH and Jurassic cultivars. The next submission deadline is September 1, 2023. However, licence holders can submit varieties any time of the year. In addition, please note that CBF1 was added to the list of cultivars that are under observation. Industrial hemp licence Hemp Industrial Hemp Regulations
Changes to the cannabis licensing process: Cannabis research and testing amendments to the Cannabis Regulations 2022-12-09 As of December 2, 2022, amendments to the Cannabis Regulations came into force. The amendments included the implementation of the risk-based non-therapeutic research on cannabis framework, changes to the required information for Head of Laboratory and increased activities regarding reference standards and test kits. As such, Health Canada has implemented a new licensing process for researchers conducting non-therapeutic research on cannabis and increased activities for testing. The implementation includes new and updated guidance web pages and changes to the CTLS. Research licence, Analytical testing licence, Standard processing licence Any Cannabis tracking and licensing system (CTLS), Licence applications, amendments, and renewals
Publication of Health Canada's Guide on reporting of loss or theft of cannabis 2020-05-25 Health Canada's guide on "Reporting of loss or theft of cannabis" is available as of May 2020. A new online fillable form has also been published. The guide was developed to provide information to regulated parties and exemptees in meeting the regulatory requirements for reporting losses or thefts of cannabis. Micro-cultivation licence, Nursery licence, Standard cultivation licence, Micro-processing licence, Standard processing licence, Sale for medical purposes licence, Analytical testing licence, Research licence, Cannabis drug licence Reporting requirements, Cannabis Regulations, Plants, Plant seeds, Dried cannabis, Fresh cannabis, Topicals, Extracts, Edibles Reporting requirements, Cannabis Regulations
Operational changes to cannabis program requirements 2020-08-24 Health Canada has updated its approach regarding the use of foliar sprays and the use of modified atmosphere packaging in final cannabis products. Micro-cultivation licence, Nursery licence, Standard cultivation licence, Micro-processing licence, Standard processing licence, Sale for medical purposes licence, Cannabis drug license Pesticides, Packaging and labelling, Compliance, Plants, Plant seeds, Dried cannabis, Fresh cannabis, Topicals, Extracts, Edibles Pesticides, Packaging and labelling, Compliance
Heavy metal and microbial testing limits for dried cannabis intended for smoking or vaping 2020-12-30 Health Canada clarifies its expectations about the selection of appropriate tolerance limits for heavy metal and microbial contaminants in dried cannabis. Micro-cultivation licence, Nursery licence, Standard cultivation licence, Micro-processing licence, Standard processing licence, Sale for medical purposes licence, Analytical testing licence Testing, Cannabis Regulations, Compliance, Dried cannabis Testing, Cannabis Regulations, Compliance
Inhalable cannabis extract products: phytol 2021-01-15 Health Canada provides information regarding cannabis vaping and other inhalable products containing phytol. This includes a discussion of the results and limitations of a 2020 study where rats were exposed to high levels of aerosolised phytol. In addition, this communication outlines Health Canada's requests for licence holders regarding the safety of phytol and any plans to reformulate products containing phytol. Micro-cultivation licence, Nursery licence, Standard cultivation licence, Micro-processing licence, Standard processing licence, Sale for medical purposes licence, Cannabis drug license Phytol, Safety, Study, Dried cannabis, Extracts Phytocannabinoids, Safety, Study
Important cannabis licence holders update 2021-08-10 This communication reminds federal licence holders of the requirements in the Cannabis Act and its regulations about displaying THC and CBD content on a dried cannabis product label, and about the definitions of dried cannabis and cannabis extract in regards to kief, hashish and other products produced by mechanical processes. Micro-cultivation licence, Nursery licence, Standard cultivation licence, Micro-processing licence, Standard processing licence, Sale for medical purposes licence, Testing, Compliance, Cannabis Act and Regulations, Dried cannabis, Extracts Testing, Compliance, Cannabis Act, Cannabis Regulations
Program Update: Fingerprinting process for security clearance applications 2022-09-29 Health Canada is making changes to the security clearance application process. Effective September 29, 2022, security clearance applicants, living in Canada or abroad, can now have their certified criminal record check sent to them directly. All federal license holders Security clearances Security clearances
New Import-Export Permit application process in CTLS effective May 16 2022-05-13 Health Canada is announcing changes to the Cannabis Tracking and Licensing System (CTLS). As of May 16, 2022, licence holders are required to submit new import and export permit applications, permit change requests, and endorsements through the CTLS. All federal license holders Import or export permits, Cannabis tracking and licensing system (CTLS) Import or export permits
Program update: Changes to authorizations to sell dried and fresh cannabis products 2022-03-31 Health Canada is announcing the following program change. As of April 19, 2022, Health Canada will begin granting the authorization to sell dried and fresh cannabis products to all micro and standard processing licence holders during the initial licensing process, without the need to submit a sales amendment application. All federal license holders Licence application, amendment, and renewals, Sale amendments, Dried cannabis, fresh cannabis Licence application, amendment, and renewals

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