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

  • 363,917 medical client registrations with federally licensed sellers at the end of June 2019.
  • 28,869 individuals were registered with Health Canada for personal and designated cultivation of cannabis for their own medical purposes at the end of June 2019.
  • 5,361 kilograms of dried cannabis and 15,134 litres of cannabis oil for medical purposes were sold between April 1 and June 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
Canada 345,520 352,965 353,642 356,034 359,064 355,302 359,535 362,495 363,917
Alberta 110,189 108,258 105,905 103,423 101,916 97,912 94,843 95,337 94,296
British Columbia 14,237 15,783 16,376 16,839 17,149 17,442 17,805 18,218 18,326
Manitoba 13,356 14,318 14,681 14,795 15,080 15,331 15,746 15,730 15,924
New Brunswick 7,902 7,782 7,980 8,199 8,293 8,235 8,967 8,490 8,724
Newfoundland and Labrador 4,143 4,267 4,326 4,606 4,798 4,792 5,065 4,984 5,034
Northwest Territories 169 184 186 190 188 181 187 173 156
Nova Scotia 13,993 14,070 14,297 14,452 14,677 14,771 14,986 15,034 15,072
Nunavut 60 60 63 66 65 64 58 67 72
Ontario 160,374 166,223 167,406 170,102 172,796 172,267 177,341 179,270 180,794
Prince Edward Island 1,546 1,502 1,566 1,576 1,589 1,680 1,701 1,606 1,602
Quebec 10,708 11,243 11,461 12,259 13,119 13,240 13,459 14,472 14,836
Saskatchewan 8,681 9,109 9,235 9,357 9,225 9,223 9,204 8,963 8,925
Yukon 162 166 160 170 169 164 173 151 156
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
Canada 25,945 26,511 27,281 28,315 30,028 30,883 29,675 29,274 28,869
Alberta 3,143 3,211 3,313 3,409 3,612 3,731 3,573 3,468 3,418
British Columbia 5,747 5,817 5,921 6,166 6,494 6,606 6,215 6,076 5,891
Manitoba 921 975 1,044 1,121 1,207 1,285 1,300 1,296 1,312
New Brunswick 850 844 845 847 908 922 894 857 861
Newfoundland and Labrador 140 144 148 152 172 189 203 213 223
Northwest Territories 5 5 5 4 4 4 2 2 2
Nova Scotia 1,183 1,203 1,234 1,259 1,322 1,358 1,275 1,254 1,241
Nunavut 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
Prince Edward Island 56 53 51 53 55 58 49 49 51
Quebec 4,424 4,622 4,860 5,149 5,507 5,719 5,620 5,663 5,572
Saskatchewan 425 437 445 454 475 494 470 456 457
Yukon 14 14 16 17 19 19 19 19 19
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
Registration applications processed 2,466 2,842 2,539 3,013 3,639 4,107 4,086 3,746 3,550
Registration application related calls answered 649 392 217 620 570 688 586 1,078 1,887
% 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%
Registration refusals 10 19 11 15 8 13 17 13 2

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
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

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
Dried cannabis (kilograms) 1,941 1,795 1,816 1,779 1,698 1,698 2,129 1,697 1,535
Cannabis oil (litres) 4,533 5,122 4,968 5,012 4,683 5,064 4,760 5,688 4,686
Cannabis plants (#) 618 1,257 1,027 819 356 190 416 202 832
Cannabis seeds (#) 9 36 342 276 252 336 273 0 0
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
Canada 1,941 1,795 1,816 1,779 1,698 1,698 2,129 1,697 1,535
Alberta 416 363 357 341 297 316 402 297 260
British Columbia 74 99 77 81 73 76 91 79 76
Manitoba 69 60 67 64 59 62 80 58 55
New Brunswick 152 151 150 158 148 155 163 157 142
Newfoundland and Labrador 51 52 49 54 60 49 58 49 47
Northwest Territories 10 14 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
Nova Scotia 129 122 135 147 133 138 155 140 130
Nunavut 2 2 2 2 2 1 2 2 1
Ontario 849 772 821 769 780 749 1,004 757 687
Prince Edward Island 19 15 17 16 15 14 17 16 14
Quebec 110 107 102 110 99 102 118 105 93
Saskatchewan 60 37 36 35 30 33 36 32 27
Yukon 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 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
Canada 4,533 5,122 4,968 5,012 4,683 5,064 4,760 5,688 4,686
Alberta 953 1,112 984 1,006 928 1,042 902 1,035 890
British Columbia 219 236 229 255 267 247 256 271 244
Manitoba 160 161 162 171 160 172 171 195 164
New Brunswick 193 210 201 225 195 193 191 218 190
Newfoundland and Labrador 74 76 77 85 79 77 74 82 74
Northwest Territories 1 59 123 3 3 3 2 242 2
Nova Scotia 259 232 308 324 302 284 271 319 276
Nunavut 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 1
Ontario 2,324 2,693 2,538 2,576 2,399 2,678 2,534 2,904 2,470
Prince Edward Island 26 34 37 38 35 32 25 33 30
Quebec 184 191 188 196 205 211 211 259 217
Saskatchewan 137 117 117 130 108 118 120 126 127
Yukon 2 1 2 3 2 5 3 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
Canada 618 1,257 1,027 819 356 190 416 202 832
Alberta 101 119 19 125 28 67 34 50 30
British Columbia 17 7 7 13 0 13 43 40 143
Manitoba 90 83 2 67 15 19 38 12 38
New Brunswick 0 36 5 20 18 6 3 8 28
Newfoundland and Labrador 0 0 0 0 15 0 0 0 0
Northwest Territories 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Nova Scotia 52 15 0 0 0 0 3 12 0
Nunavut 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ontario 283 784 734 261 261 73 185 63 490
Prince Edward Island 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Quebec 63 210 256 321 19 11 110 17 93
Saskatchewan 6 0 4 12 0 1 0 0 6
Yukon 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
Figure 4: Number of cannabis seeds sold for medical purposes
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Figure 4 - Text Equivalent

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
Canada 9 36 342 276 252 336 273 0 0
Alberta 0 6 150 42 42 36 9 0 0
British Columbia 3 0 0 0 0 9 30 0 0
Manitoba 0 15 3 9 21 3 0 0 0
New Brunswick 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 0 0
Newfoundland and Labrador 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 0
Northwest Territories 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Nova Scotia 0 0 0 18 6 0 9 0 0
Nunavut 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ontario 6 3 78 105 141 204 117 0 0
Prince Edward Island 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Quebec 0 12 99 93 42 78 60 0 0
Saskatchewan 0 0 12 9 0 0 6 0 0
Yukon 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
Canada 143,752 123,776 117,760 126,897 121,293 128,158 128,969 131,445 118,758
Alberta 37,629 31,259 29,099 30,599 27,664 29,093 27,846 27,765 24,646
British Columbia 5,432 5,391 5,068 6,001 6,002 6,387 5,908 6,380 6,105
Manitoba 5,127 4,048 4,048 4,252 4,202 4,563 4,802 4,655 4,276
New Brunswick 3,917 3,668 3,543 3,939 3,977 4,332 4,395 4,566 4,205
Newfoundland and Labrador 2,060 1,775 1,637 1,941 1,978 2,060 2,017 1,916 1,732
Northwest Territories 315 234 122 129 129 315 94 97 97
Nova Scotia 5,749 4,920 4,968 5,411 5,516 5,749 5,685 5,821 5,212
Nunavut 50 48 122 34 36 50 33 31 32
Ontario 73,434 63,900 60,560 65,784 63,091 73,434 68,690 70,098 63,480
Prince Edward Island 717 561 569 609 606 717 617 688 627
Quebec 5,822 5,135 5,146 5,193 5,525 5,822 6,098 6,606 5,806
Saskatchewan 3,430 2,785 2,821 2,935 2,507 3,430 2,717 2,749 2,490
Yukon 70 52 57 70 60 70 67 73 50

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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