Cannabis market data: Overview

Data collected is for these types of cannabis in the legal industry:

  • dried cannabis
  • edible cannabis
  • cannabis extracts
  • cannabis topicals
  • cannabis plants
  • cannabis seeds

Data for all categories includes:

  • medical sales
  • non-medical sales
  • packaged inventory (formerly finished inventory)
  • unpackaged inventory (formerly unfinished inventory)
  • licensed area

Definitions of terms appear at the start of each data page.

Figures given in this update reflect the data reported through the Cannabis Tracking System.

Recent highlights

For the November 2019 reporting period:

  • In total, 5,884,055 packaged units of cannabis were sold across Canada for medical and non-medical purposes.
    • Dried cannabis sales represent 92% of total sales, with 5,390,545 packaged units sold.
    • Cannabis extracts sales represent 8% of total sales, with 492,915 packaged units sold.
  • Nationally, 30,933,630 packaged units of cannabis products are held in inventory by cultivators, processors, distributors and retailers.
    • Distributors and retailers hold 43% of the total inventory of packaged units of cannabis products.
    • The total inventory of packaged units of dried cannabis held by cultivators, processors, distributors and retailers represents 4.3 times total sales. Likewise, total inventory of packaged units of cannabis extracts represents 14.7 times total sales.
  • Licensed indoor and outdoor cultivation area held by licence holders stood at 1,415,869 m2 and 185 hectares.
  • The number of unpackaged plants held by federal licence holders stood at 5,488,926 at the end of November 2019.

Health Canada collects data on cannabis under the Cannabis Tracking System Ministerial Order. The Order came into force on October 17, 2019.

Data collected by Health Canada under the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR) is available in archived format.

Additional cannabis data is available on the Cannabis research and data page.

While we strive to add updates within 2 months of each reporting period, verification and validation of this data is ongoing. As a result, the data is subject to revision.

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