Cannabis Demand and Supply – initial report for October 2018


The Cannabis Act provides the Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction with the authority to track the high-level movement of cannabis across the country.

On October 17, 2018, the Government launched a national Cannabis Tracking System to prevent legal cannabis from being diverted to the illegal market and to keep illegal cannabis out of the legal market. Federal licence holders and provincial and territorial public bodies are required to report information to Health Canada on a monthly basis through a web-based application.

The deadline to submit the first monthly reports was November 15, 2018. These reports reflect sales of cannabis for medical purposes during the month of October 2018, as well as sales of cannabis for non-medical purposes from October 17 to October 31, 2018. These reports also reflect the inventory of cannabis held by federal licence holders and by provincially or territorially authorized distributors and retailers.

Given the significant public interest in understanding the demand and supply of cannabis since the coming into force of the Cannabis Act, Health Canada is making available a preliminary summary of information submitted to date. The summary table will be updated every two weeks, as reported information is verified and validated and as new data is submitted to the department.

In addition to providing this summary data, Health Canada intends to proactively publish a more detailed summary of data reported to the Cannabis Tracking System on a quarterly basis. This is consistent with the department’s practice prior to October 17, 2018, where market-related data reported under the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations was published on Health Canada’s website every four months. Statistics Canada will also be publishing various cannabis statistics through its system of national economic accounts and via the Cannabis Stats Hub.

Table 1

Preliminary Summary of Data Collected under the Cannabis Tracking System for the month of October 2018
Categories of cannabis sales and inventory Dried (kg) Oil (litres)
Sales - medical (October 1-31) 2,539 5,295
Sales - non-medical (October 17-31) 4,386 1,732
TOTAL SALES (October 31) 6,925 7,028
Federal licence holders 8,593 26,680
Provincial distributors/retailers 6,065 2,364
TOTAL FINISHED INVENTORY (October 31) 14,658 29,044
Federal licence holders 82,443 11,539
TOTAL UNFINISHED INVENTORY (October 31) 82,443 11,539

Note: Figures provided in this table reflect the data reported through the Cannabis Tracking System for the month of October 2018. Verification and validation of this data is ongoing. As such, the data should not be considered as final.


Sales – medical: Refers to CRA-stamped cannabis products sold directly to medical clients by holders of a federal licence for medical sales.

Sales – non-medical: Refers to CRA-stamped cannabis products sold directly in the Canadian retail market (either online or in-person) for non-medical purposes.

Finished inventory: Refers to any cannabis held in stock by a cultivator, processor, distributor, or retailer that is packaged, labelled, and ready for sale.

Unfinished inventory: Refers to any cannabis held in stock by a cultivator or processor that is not packaged, labelled, and ready for sale.

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