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.

The amount of cannabis sold for medical purposes is published on a monthly basis and is available on the cannabis market data page.

Recent highlights

  • 303,221 medical client registrations with federally licensed sellers at the end of June 2020.
  • 33,614 individuals were registered with Health Canada for personal and designated cultivation of cannabis for their own medical purposes at the end of June 2020.
  • The average authorization amount associated with licence holder client registrations at the end of June 2020 was 2.1 grams per day.  

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
Month-Year CAN AB BC MB NB NL NS NT NU ON PEI QC SK YK
Oct. 2018 345,520 110,189 14,237 13,356 7,902 4,143 13,993 169 60 160,374 1,546 10,708 8,681 162
Nov. 2018 352,965 108,258 15,783 14,318 7,782 4,267 14,070 184 60 166,223 1,502 11,243 9,109 166
Dec. 2018 353,642 105,905 16,376 14,681 7,980 4,326 14,297 186 63 167,406 1,566 11,461 9,235 160
Jan. 2019 356,034 103,423 16,839 14,795 8,199 4,606 14,452 190 66 170,102 1,576 12,259 9,357 170
Feb. 2019 359,064 101,916 17,149 15,080 8,293 4,798 14,677 188 65 172,796 1,589 13,119 9,225 169
Mar. 2019 355,302 97,912 17,442 15,331 8,235 4,792 14,771 181 64 172,267 1,680 13,240 9,223 164
Apr. 2019 359,535 94,843 17,805 15,746 8,967 5,065 14,986 187 58 177,341 1,701 13,459 9,204 173
May 2019 362,506 95,337 18,218 15,730 8,490 4,984 15,045 173 67 179,270 1,606 14,472 8,963 151
Jun. 2019 363,917 94,296 18,326 15,924 8,724 5,034 15,072 156 72 180,794 1,602 14,836 8,925 156
Jul. 2019 368,164 93,724 18,538 15,771 8,888 5,088 13,205 1,931 71 185,260 1,574 15,135 8,831 148
Aug. 2019 366,332 91,666 18,663 15,780 8,865 5,003 13,092 2,008 83 185,303 1,580 15,424 8,725 140
Sep. 2019 369,614 91,210 18,836 15,987 9,104 5,196 13,443 1,978 89 187,444 1,565 15,987 8,635 140
Oct. 2019 363,555 88,159 19,042 15,961 9,440 4,578 14,974 340 52 183,784 1,589 16,888 8,786 142
Nov. 2019 362,595 86,737 18,792 15,855 9,604 4,988 14,872 185 51 184,068 1,571 17,158 8,574 140
Dec. 2019 358,864 85,888 18,664 15,423 9,695 4,993 14,438 190 58 181,562 1,559 17,731 8,738 285
Jan. 2020 342,112 79,324 17,457 14,757 9,405 4,829 14,079 176 52 174,931 1,493 17,620 7,867 122
Feb. 2020 335,363 77,053 17,362 14,236 9,203 4,747 13,757 161 111 172,625 1,488 16,952 7,549 119
Mar. 2020 329,038 73,629 17,053 13,855 9,019 4,652 13,611 148 121 171,107 1,439 16,904 7,385 115
Apr. 2020 320,340 70,057 17,021 13,323 9,075 4,818 13,380 165 61 166,396 1,445 17,149 7,321 129
May. 2020 307,298 65,766 15,624 12,413 8,515 4,651 12,561 155 134 162,918 1,366 16,342 6,744 109
Jun. 2020 303,221 63,359 16,397 12,225 8,790 4,786 12,692 180 60 159,652 1,390 16,846 6,730 114
Table 2: Personal or designated production registration with Health Canada
Month-Year CAN AB BC MB NB NL NS NT NU ON PEI QC SK YK
Oct. 2018 25,945 3,143 5,747 921 850 140 1,183 5 0 9,037 56 4,424 425 14
Nov. 2018 26,511 3,211 5,817 975 844 144 1,203 5 0 9,186 53 4,622 437 14
Dec. 2018 27,281 3,313 5,921 1,044 845 148 1,234 5 0 9,399 51 4,860 445 16
Jan. 2019 28,315 3,409 6,166 1,121 847 152 1,259 4 0 9,684 53 5,149 454 17
Feb. 2019 30,028 3,612 6,494 1,207 908 172 1,322 4 0 10,253 55 5,507 475 19
Mar. 2019 30,883 3,731 6,606 1,285 922 189 1,358 4 0 10,498 58 5,719 494 19
Apr. 2019 29,675 3,573 6,215 1,300 894 203 1,275 2 0 10,055 49 5,620 470 19
May 2019 29,274 3,468 6,076 1,296 857 213 1,254 2 0 9,921 49 5,663 456 19
Jun. 2019 28,869 3,418 5,891 1,312 861 223 1,241 2 0 9,822 51 5,572 457 19
Jul. 2019 28,829 3,390 5,837 1,360 848 225 1,219 3 0 9,777 52 5,646 453 19
Aug. 2019 28,985 3,401 5,843 1,368 850 227 1,195 3 0 9,801 50 5,776 452 19
Sep. 2019 29,193 3,400 5,849 1,405 866 229 1,185 5 0 9,873 51 5,881 429 20
Oct. 2019 30,188 3,480 6,067 1,456 873 232 1,207 4 0 10,151 53 6,206 438 21
Nov. 2019 31,050 3,542 6,227 1,513 893 241 1,210 4 0 10,387 54 6,505 454 20
Dec. 2019 32,390 3,724 6,524 1,572 939 257 1,234 4 0 10,699 59 6,899 460 19
Jan. 2020 33,551 3,822 6,826 1,616 973 265 1,264 4 0 11,051 65 7,171 475 19
Feb. 2020 34,772 3,880 7,062 1,672 984 264 1,276 4 0 11,503 70 7,553 485 19
Mar. 2020 35,227 3,884 7,195 1,693 987 269 1,275 4 0 11,644 71 7,700 486 19
Apr. 2020 33,503 3,572 6,887 1,614 906 257 1,207 5 0 11,050 66 7,474 446 19
May. 2020 33,769 3,594 6,915 1,645 921 254 1,204 5 0 11,147 68 7,537 460 19
Jun. 2020 33,614 3,519 6,861 1,635 912 249 1,208 5 0 11,052 72 7,633 451 17
Table 3: Health Canada administrative data per month
Month-Year Registration applications processed Registration application related calls answered % of completed registration applications processed within 8 weeks Registration refusals
Oct. 2018 2,466 649 98.4% 10
Nov. 2018 2,842 392 95.9% 19
Dec. 2018 2,539 217 98.7% 11
Jan. 2019 3,013 620 93.6% 15
Feb. 2019 3,639 570 98.0% 8
Mar. 2019 4,107 688 98.9% 13
Apr. 2019 4,086 586 99.0% 17
May 2019 3,746 1,078 98.0% 13
Jun. 2019 3550 1887 98.0% 2
Jul. 2019 4,541 2,106 92.6% 7
Aug. 2019 4,147 1,696 91.2% 7
Sep. 2019 3,660 1,280 79.8% 16
Oct. 2019 4,153 1,513 93.0% 1
Nov. 2019 3,840 1,666 95.8% 13
Dec. 2019 4,656 1,492 94.0% 6
Jan. 2020 4,755 1,786 97.8% 12
Feb. 2020 4,591 1,256 96.6% 18
Mar. 2020 2,032 1,513 94.7% 3
Apr. 2020 1,569 1,823 12% 0
May. 2020 1,205 2,130 11% 0
Jun. 2020 2,476 2,689 9% 18

Daily authorized amounts associated with client registrations and shipments of cannabis for medical purposes

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
Month-Year Average authorized amount of dried cannabis (grams/day)
Oct. 2018 2.1
Nov. 2018 2.1
Dec. 2018 2.1
Jan. 2019 2.1
Feb. 2019 2.1
Mar. 2019 2.0
Apr. 2019 2.0
May 2019 2.0
Jun. 2019 2.0
Jul. 2019 2.0
Aug. 2019 2.0
Sep. 2019 2.0
Oct. 2019 2.1
Nov. 2019 2.1
Dec. 2019 2.1
Jan. 2020 2.0
Feb. 2020 2.0
Mar. 2020 2.0
Apr. 2020 2.0
May. 2020 2.0
Jun. 2020 2.1
Table 5: Total number of shipments of cannabis for medical purposes from a federal licence holder, by province and territory of destination
Month-Year CAN AB BC MB NB NL NS NT NU ON PEI QC SK YK
Oct. 2018 143,752 37,629 5,432 5,127 3,917 2,060 5,749 315 50 73,434 717 5,822 3,430 70
Nov. 2018 123,776 31,259 5,391 4,048 3,668 1,775 4,920 234 48 63,900 561 5,135 2,785 52
Dec. 2018 117,760 29,099 5,068 4,048 3,543 1,637 4,968 122 122 60,560 569 5,146 2,821 57
Jan. 2019 126,898 30,599 6,001 4,252 3,939 1,941 5,411 129 34 65,785 609 5,193 2,935 70
Feb. 2019 121,293 27,664 6,002 4,202 3,977 1,978 5,516 129 36 63,091 606 5,525 2,507 60
Mar. 2019 128,158 29,094 6,387 4,563 4,332 1,951 5,680 99 28 66,900 688 5,694 2,675 67
Apr. 2019 128,969 27,846 5,908 4,802 4,395 2,017 5,685 94 33 68,690 617 6,098 2,717 67
May 2019 131,450 27,765 6,380 4,655 4,566 1,916 5,826 97 31 70,098 688 6,606 2,749 73
Jun. 2019 118,758 24,646 6,105 4,276 4,205 1,732 5,212 97 32 63,480 627 5,806 2,490 50
Jul. 2019 122,216 25,647 6,248 4,377 4,570 1,755 4,178 1,340 41 64,527 697 6,270 2,506 60
Aug. 2019 108,938 21,016 5,551 3,949 4,200 1,625 3,871 1,332 14 58,552 578 5,752 2,434 64
Sep. 2019 108,346 21,135 5,518 3,984 4,247 1,712 3,203 2,035 25 57,575 587 5,964 2,306 55
Oct. 2019 113,338 22,034 5,936 3,952 4,612 1,786 5,528 113 17 59,890 586 6,430 2,397 57
Nov. 2019 119,202 23,488 6,388 4,250 4,805 1,942 5,629 81 31 62,257 667 6,978 2,623 63
Dec. 2019 119,026 23,930 6,538 4,201 4,823 1,880 5,729 89 28 61,335 648 6,942 2,676 207
Jan. 2020 110,210 20,644 5,752 3,895 4,809 1,867 5,720 64 30 57,647 643 6,933 2,155 51
Feb. 2020 98,209 18,070 5,339 3,390 4,191 1,338 5,025 71 24 51,771 556 6,332 2,057 45
Mar. 2020 128,236 23,429 6,942 4,587 5,138 2,347 4,722 1,750 45 67,716 752 8,047 2,695 66
Apr. 2020 129,058 21,059 6,173 4,303 4,777 2,359 6,158 94 43 72,854 688 8,002 2,498 50
May. 2020 108,718 18,893 5,723 3,651 4,504 2,104 5,397 150 37 58,232 636 7,155 2,190 46
Jun. 2020 104,500 16,382 5,563 3,480 4,461 2,116 5,338 81 25 57,160 548 7,221 2,087 38

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 6: Kilograms of dried cannabis imported and exported
Month-Year Total quantity imported Total quantity exported
Oct. 2018 0.00 23.20
Nov. 2018 0.00 20.15
Dec. 2018 0.00 154.15
Jan. 2019 0.00 16.00
Feb. 2019 0.00 40.00
Mar. 2019 0.00 178.67

Data from April 2019 to June 2020 will be published at a later date.

Table 7: Litres of cannabis oil imported and exported
Month-Year Total quantity imported Total quantity exported
Oct. 2018 0.00 11.98
Nov. 2018 0.00 125.90
Dec. 2018 0.07 423.14
Jan. 2019 0.00 0.00
Feb. 2019 0.00 77.85
Mar. 2019 0.00 250.45

Data from April 2019 to June 2020 will be published at a later date.

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