Data on cannabis for medical purposes

Health Canada collects the data below under the Cannabis Tracking System Ministerial Order. The Order and the Cannabis Act and its regulations replaced the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR) on October 17, 2018. Data collected by Health Canada under the ACMPR is available in archived format. Additional cannabis data is available on the Cannabis research and data page.

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Figures provided in this update reflect the data reported through the Cannabis Tracking System. Verification and validation of this data is ongoing. As such, the data is subject to revision.

Recent highlights

  • 369,614 medical client registrations with federally licensed sellers at the end of September 2019.
  • 29,193 individuals were registered with Health Canada for personal and designated cultivation of cannabis for their own medical purposes at the end of September 2019.
  • 4,065 kilograms of dried cannabis and 13,738 litres of cannabis oil for medical purposes were sold between July 1 and September 30, 2019.

Medical client registrations and applications

Active client registrations are the number of registrations with licensed sellers of cannabis for medical purposes that were active at the end of each month. Patients can be registered with more than one licensed seller and with Health Canada provided an original medical document was used with each registration.

Personal production registrations are the number of individuals active with Health Canada at the end of each month. They can produce a limited amount of cannabis, or designate someone to produce it for them.

Table 1: Active client registrations with a federal licence holder
Provinces and territories Oct. 2018 Nov. 2018 Dec. 2018 Jan. 2019 Feb. 2019 Mar. 2019 Apr. 2019 May 2019 Jun. 2019 Jul. 2019 Aug. 2019 Sep. 2019
Canada 345,520 352,965 353,642 356,034 359,064 355,302 359,535 362,506 363,917 368,164 366,332 369,614
Alberta 110,189 108,258 105,905 103,423 101,916 97,912 94,843 95,337 94,296 93,724 91,666 91,210
British Columbia 14,237 15,783 16,376 16,839 17,149 17,442 17,805 18,218 18,326 18,538 18,663 18,836
Manitoba 13,356 14,318 14,681 14,795 15,080 15,331 15,746 15,730 15,924 15,771 15,780 15,987
New Brunswick 7,902 7,782 7,980 8,199 8,293 8,235 8,967 8,490 8,724 8,888 8,865 9,104
Newfoundland and Labrador 4,143 4,267 4,326 4,606 4,798 4,792 5,065 4,984 5,034 5,088 5,003 5,196
Northwest Territories 169 184 186 190 188 181 187 173 156 1,931 2,008 1,978
Nova Scotia 13,993 14,070 14,297 14,452 14,677 14,771 14,986 15,045 15,072 13,205 13,092 13,443
Nunavut 60 60 63 66 65 64 58 67 72 71 83 89
Ontario 160,374 166,223 167,406 170,102 172,796 172,267 177,341 179,270 180,794 185,260 185,303 187,444
Prince Edward Island 1,546 1,502 1,566 1,576 1,589 1,680 1,701 1,606 1,602 1,574 1,580 1,565
Quebec 10,708 11,243 11,461 12,259 13,119 13,240 13,459 14,472 14,836 15,135 15,424 15,987
Saskatchewan 8,681 9,109 9,235 9,357 9,225 9,223 9,204 8,963 8,925 8,831 8,725 8,635
Yukon 162 166 160 170 169 164 173 151 156 148 140 140
Table 2: Personal or designated production registration with Health Canada
Provinces and territories Oct. 2018 Nov. 2018 Dec. 2018 Jan. 2019 Feb. 2019 Mar. 2019 Apr. 2019 May 2019 Jun. 2019 Jul. 2019 Aug. 2019 Sep. 2019
Canada 25,945 26,511 27,281 28,315 30,028 30,883 29,675 29,274 28,869 28,829 28,985 29,193
Alberta 3,143 3,211 3,313 3,409 3,612 3,731 3,573 3,468 3,418 3,390 3,401 3,400
British Columbia 5,747 5,817 5,921 6,166 6,494 6,606 6,215 6,076 5,891 5,837 5,843 5,849
Manitoba 921 975 1,044 1,121 1,207 1,285 1,300 1,296 1,312 1,360 1,368 1,405
New Brunswick 850 844 845 847 908 922 894 857 861 848 850 866
Newfoundland and Labrador 140 144 148 152 172 189 203 213 223 225 227 229
Northwest Territories 5 5 5 4 4 4 2 2 2 3 3 5
Nova Scotia 1,183 1,203 1,234 1,259 1,322 1,358 1,275 1,254 1,241 1,219 1,195 1,185
Nunavut 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ontario 9,037 9,186 9,399 9,684 10,253 10,498 10,055 9,921 9,822 9,777 9,801 9,873
Prince Edward Island 56 53 51 53 55 58 49 49 51 52 50 51
Quebec 4,424 4,622 4,860 5,149 5,507 5,719 5,620 5,663 5,572 5,646 5,776 5,881
Saskatchewan 425 437 445 454 475 494 470 456 457 453 452 429
Yukon 14 14 16 17 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 20
Table 3: Health Canada administrative data per month
Registrations Oct. 2018 Nov. 2018 Dec. 2018 Jan. 2019 Feb. 2019 Mar. 2019 Apr. 2019 May 2019 Jun. 2019 Jul. 2019 Aug. 2019 Sep. 2019
Registration applications processed 2,466 2,842 2,539 3,013 3,639 4,107 4,086 3,746 3,550 4,541 4,147 3,660
Registration application related calls answered 649 392 217 620 570 688 586 1,078 1,887 2,106 1,696 1,280
% of completed registration applications processed within 8 weeks 98.4% 95.9% 98.7% 93.6% 98.0% 98.9% 99.0% 98.0% 98.0% 92.6% 91.2% 79.8%
Registration refusals 10 19 11 15 8 13 17 13 2 7 7 16

Daily authorized amounts associated with client registrations

Under the Cannabis Act, individuals with a medical document signed by a health care practitioner can purchase cannabis for medical purposes directly from a federally licensed seller. Individuals may also register with Health Canada to produce a limited amount of cannabis for their own medical purposes or designate someone to produce it on their behalf.

Health care practitioners are regulated by provincial/territorial medical regulatory authorities or "colleges". Most provincial and territorial medical regulatory bodies have their own set of standards and guidelines for members, which may include codes of practice related to authorizing cannabis for medical purposes. As a result, authorization practices and the use of cannabis for medical purposes may vary among provinces and territories.

Health Canada publishes information for health care practitioners on its website. This includes the "Daily Amount Fact Sheet (Dosage)" that provides information regarding dosing of cannabis for medical purposes, and "Information for Health Care Professionals" which offers a comprehensive monograph on the pharmacology, potential therapeutic uses and risks of using cannabis for medical purposes.

The table below shows the average authorized amount of dried cannabis, expressed in grams per day, associated with all active client registrations with federally licensed sellers.

Table 4: Average authorized amount of dried cannabis for medical purposes associated with active registrations
Authorized amount Oct. 2018 Nov. 2018 Dec. 2018 Jan. 2019 Feb. 2019 Mar. 2019 Apr. 2019 May 2019 Jun. 2019 Jul. 2019 Aug. 2019 Sep. 2019
Average authorized amount of dried cannabis (grams/day) 2.1 2.1 2.1 2.1 2.1 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0

Amount of cannabis sold for medical purposes by federally licensed sellers

Table 5: Sales of cannabis for medical purposes from a federal licence holder
Types of cannabis Oct. 2018 Nov. 2018 Dec. 2018 Jan. 2019 Feb. 2019 Mar. 2019 Apr. 2019 May. 2019 Jun. 2019 Jul. 2019 Aug. 2019 Sep. 2019
Dried cannabis (kilograms) 1,941 1,795 1,816 1,779 1,698 1,698 2,129 1,697 1,535 1,640 1,210 1,215
Cannabis oil (litres) 4,533 5,122 4,968 5,012 4,683 5,064 4,760 5,688 4,686 4,296 4,560 4,882
Cannabis plants (#) 618 1,257 1,027 819 356 190 416 202 832 561 136 104
Cannabis seeds (#) 9 36 342 276 252 336 273 0 0 0 0 140
Figure 1: Kilograms of dried cannabis sold for medical purposes
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This figure is a column chart showing the quantity of dried cannabis sold for medical purposes as toggled from data in Table 5.

Note that due to rounding, numbers in the table below may not add up precisely with the totals indicated.

Table 6: Kilograms of dried cannabis sold for medical purposes
Provinces and territories Oct. 2018 Nov. 2018 Dec. 2018 Jan. 2019 Feb. 2019 Mar. 2019 Apr. 2019 May 2019 Jun. 2019 Jul. 2019 Aug. 2019 Sep. 2019
Canada 1,941 1,795 1,816 1,779 1,698 1,698 2,129 1,697 1,535 1,640 1,210 1,215
Alberta 416 363 357 341 297 316 402 297 260 265 210 215
British Columbia 74 99 77 81 73 76 91 79 76 79 59 59
Manitoba 69 60 67 64 59 62 80 58 55 58 39 40
New Brunswick 152 151 150 158 148 155 163 157 142 163 92 95
Newfoundland and Labrador 51 52 49 54 60 49 58 49 47 52 29 28
Northwest Territories 10 14 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 6
Nova Scotia 129 122 135 147 133 138 155 140 130 146 90 84
Nunavut 2 2 2 2 2 1 2 2 1 2 0 0
Ontario 849 772 821 769 780 749 1,004 757 687 718 584 583
Prince Edward Island 19 15 17 16 15 14 17 16 14 17 9 11
Quebec 110 107 102 110 99 102 118 105 93 112 72 71
Saskatchewan 60 37 36 35 30 33 36 32 27 27 24 22
Yukon 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 1
Figure 2: Litres of cannabis oil sold for medical purposes
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This figure is a column chart showing the quantity of cannabis oil sold for medical purposes as toggled from data in Table 5.

Table 7: Litres of cannabis oil sold for medical purposes
Provinces and territories Oct. 2018 Nov. 2018 Dec. 2018 Jan. 2019 Feb. 2019 Mar. 2019 Apr. 2019 May 2019 Jun. 2019 Jul. 2019 Aug. 2019 Sep. 2019
Canada 4,533 5,122 4,968 5,012 4,683 5,064 4,760 5,688 4,686 4,296 4,560 4,882
Alberta 953 1,112 984 1,006 928 1,042 902 1,035 890 763 678 832
British Columbia 219 236 229 255 267 247 256 271 244 233 213 313
Manitoba 160 161 162 171 160 172 171 195 164 148 142 185
New Brunswick 193 210 201 225 195 193 191 218 190 201 198 270
Newfoundland and Labrador 74 76 77 85 79 77 74 82 74 65 544 93
Northwest Territories 1 59 123 3 3 3 2 242 2 3 3 2
Nova Scotia 259 232 308 324 302 284 271 319 276 265 260 359
Nunavut 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0
Ontario 2,324 2,693 2,538 2,576 2,399 2,678 2,534 2,904 2,470 2,248 2,171 2,409
Prince Edward Island 26 34 37 38 35 32 25 33 30 29 21 37
Quebec 184 191 188 196 205 211 211 259 217 234 207 257
Saskatchewan 137 117 117 130 108 118 120 126 127 105 119 124
Yukon 2 1 2 3 2 5 3 3 2 2 3 2
Figure 3: Number of cannabis plants sold for medical purposes
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This figure is a column chart showing the number of cannabis plants sold for medical purposes as toggled from data in Table 5.

Table 8: Number of cannabis plants sold for medical purposes
Provinces and territories Oct. 2018 Nov. 2018 Dec. 2018 Jan. 2019 Feb. 2019 Mar. 2019 Apr. 2019 May. 2019 Jun. 2019 Jul. 2019 Aug. 2019 Sep. 2019
Canada 618 1,257 1,027 819 356 190 416 202 832 561 136 104
Alberta 101 119 19 125 28 67 34 50 30 60 7 32
British Columbia 17 7 7 13 0 13 43 40 143 17 4 8
Manitoba 90 83 2 67 15 19 38 12 38 33 11 3
New Brunswick 0 36 5 20 18 6 3 8 28 3 0 6
Newfoundland and Labrador 0 0 0 0 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Northwest Territories 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Nova Scotia 52 15 0 0 0 0 3 12 0 22 0 0
Nunavut 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ontario 283 784 734 261 261 73 185 63 490 114 37 28
Prince Edward Island 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Quebec 63 210 256 321 19 11 110 17 93 263 77 21
Saskatchewan 6 0 4 12 0 1 0 0 6 46 0 6
Yukon 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 3 0 0
Figure 4: Number of cannabis seeds sold for medical purposes
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This figure is a column chart showing the number of cannabis seeds sold for medical purposes as toggled from data in Table 5.

Table 9: Number of cannabis seeds sold for medical purposes
Provinces and territories Oct. 2018 Nov. 2018 Dec. 2018 Jan. 2019 Feb. 2019 Mar. 2019 Apr. 2019 May. 2019 Jun. 2019 Jul. 2019 Aug. 2019 Sep. 2019
Canada 9 36 342 276 252 336 273 0 0 0 0 140
Alberta 0 6 150 42 42 36 9 0 0 0 0 4
British Columbia 3 0 0 0 0 9 30 0 0 0 0 0
Manitoba 0 15 3 9 21 3 0 0 0 0 0 12
New Brunswick 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 0 0 0 0 0
Newfoundland and Labrador 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 0
Northwest Territories 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Nova Scotia 0 0 0 18 6 0 9 0 0 0 0 0
Nunavut 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ontario 6 3 78 105 141 204 117 0 0 0 0 60
Prince Edward Island 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Quebec 0 12 99 93 42 78 60 0 0 0 0 56
Saskatchewan 0 0 12 9 0 0 6 0 0 0 0 8
Yukon 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Table 10: Total number of shipments of cannabis for medical purposes from a federal licence holder, by province and territory of destination
Provinces and territories Oct. 2018 Nov. 2018 Dec. 2018 Jan. 2019 Feb. 2019 Mar. 2019 Apr. 2019 May. 2019 Jun. 2019 Jul. 2019 Aug. 2019 Sep. 2019
Canada 143,752 123,776 117,760 126,897 121,293 128,158 128,969 131,450 118,758 122,216 108,938 113,131
Alberta 37,629 31,259 29,099 30,599 27,664 29,093 27,846 27,765 24,646 25,647 21,016 23,728
British Columbia 5,432 5,391 5,068 6,001 6,002 6,387 5,908 6,380 6,105 6,248 5,551 6,652
Manitoba 5,127 4,048 4,048 4,252 4,202 4,563 4,802 4,655 4,276 4,377 3,949 4,454
New Brunswick 3,917 3,668 3,543 3,939 3,977 4,332 4,395 4,566 4,205 4,570 4,200 4,396
Newfoundland and Labrador 2,060 1,775 1,637 1,941 1,978 2,060 2,017 1,916 1,732 1,755 1,625 1,836
Northwest Territories 315 234 122 129 129 315 94 97 97 1,340 1,332 2,036
Nova Scotia 5,749 4,920 4,968 5,411 5,516 5,749 5,685 5,821 5,212 4,178 3,871 3,522
Nunavut 50 48 122 34 36 50 33 31 32 41 14 27
Ontario 73,434 63,900 60,560 65,784 63,091 73,434 68,690 70,098 63,480 64,527 58,552 57,568
Prince Edward Island 717 561 569 609 606 717 617 688 627 697 578 587
Quebec 5,822 5,135 5,146 5,193 5,525 5,822 6,098 6,606 5,806 6,270 5,752 5,964
Saskatchewan 3,430 2,785 2,821 2,935 2,507 3,430 2,717 2,749 2,490 2,506 2,434 2,306
Yukon 70 52 57 70 60 70 67 73 50 60 64 55

Import and export

Under the Cannabis Act, it is prohibited to export or import cannabis for any purposes other than medical or scientific purposes or in respect of industrial hemp. The figures below include imports and exports for medical or scientific purposes, but do not include industrial hemp.

Table 11: Kilograms of dried cannabis imported and exported
Quantity Oct. 2018 Nov. 2018 Dec. 2018 Jan. 2019 Feb. 2019 Mar. 2019 Apr. 2019 May 2019 Jun. 2019
Total quantity imported 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 To be published at a later date
Total quantity exported 23.20 20.15 154.15 121.00 40.00 179.00 To be published at a later date
Table 12: Litres of cannabis oil imported and exported
Quantity Oct. 2018 Nov. 2018 Dec. 2018 Jan. 2019 Feb. 2019 Mar. 2019 Apr. 2019 May 2019 Jun. 2019
Total quantity imported 0.00 0.00 0.07 0.00 0.00 0.00 To be published at a later date
Total quantity exported 11.98 125.90 423.14 0.00 114.03 81.25 To be published at a later date
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