Data on cannabis for medical purposes

Health Canada collects and publishes data on cannabis used for medical purposes under the Cannabis Act, the Cannabis Regulations, and the Cannabis Tracking System Order. The Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR) were repealed on October 17, 2018 when the Cannabis Act and its regulations came into force. Data collected by Health Canada under the ACMPR is available in archived format.

Additional data on cannabis is available on the cannabis research and data page. In particular, the amount of cannabis sold for medical purposes is published on a quarterly basis and is available on the cannabis market data page.

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

Definitions

Active licence holder client registrations
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.
Active personal/designated production registrations
Persons actively registered at the end of each month with Health Canada to produce cannabis for their own medical purposes, or designate someone to produce it for them.
Authorized amount
Daily quantity of cannabis, expressed in grams of dried cannabis per day, authorized by a registrant's health care practitioner.
Endorsed quantities
The actual quantities of cannabis exported or imported. Under the Cannabis Regulations, the holder of an export or import permit must provide to the Minister of Health information related to the shipment, including the quantity of cannabis that was imported or exported, within 15 days after the date of exportation and importation of a shipment of cannabis.
Health care practitioners
Doctors or nurse practitioners authorized to issue medical documents to patients in their jurisdiction of practice.
Permitted quantities
The total quantities of cannabis allowed for export or import by the export or import permits issued by Health Canada for medical or scientific purposes only.
Refusals
Cases in which Health Canada deems an individual ineligible to be registered for personal or designated production under the provisions of Part 14 of the Cannabis Regulations.
Revocations

Cases in which Health Canada revokes an individual's registration for personal or designated production under the provisions of Part 14 of the Cannabis Regulations.

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.

The amount of cannabis an individual is authorized to possess or produce for medical purposes is determined by their health care practitioner and is expressed as a daily authorized amount. The daily authorized amount determines how much cannabis the individual may possess in public or, if they register with Health Canada, how much cannabis they may produce (or designated someone to produce on their behalf) for their own medical purposes.

Health care practitioners are expected to make authorization decisions justified by the condition for which their patient is receiving treatment and which are grounded in the available evidence.

Health care practitioners are regulated by provincial/territorial medical regulatory (licensing) authorities. 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)," which provides information regarding dosing of cannabis for medical purposes, and "Information for Health Care Professionals," a comprehensive monograph on the pharmacology, potential therapeutic uses and risks of using cannabis for medical purposes.

Data on medical client registrations

Highlights for the current update include:

  • The number of medical client registrations with federally licensed sellers fell 9% from 321,539 in December 2020 to 292,399 in March 2021.
  • The number of individuals registered with Health Canada for personal and designated cultivation of cannabis for their own medical purposes fell 10% from 43,680 in December 2020 to 39,525 in March 2021.

Data on daily amounts authorized by health care practitioners

The majority of individuals (approximately 292,000) who access cannabis for medical purposes under the Cannabis Act and its regulations do so by obtaining quality-controlled cannabis from a federally licensed seller of cannabis for medical purposes. The average daily amount authorized by health care practitioners for these individuals who access from federally licensed sellers has remained relatively constant at 2 grams per day since the coming into force of the Cannabis Act in October 2018. This average daily authorized amount is in line with published evidence and guidance about the use of cannabis for medical purposes. Scientific evidence suggests that most patients who use cannabis for medical purposes use up to 3 grams per day of dried cannabis, though amounts under 1 gram per day are used with perceived benefits and decreased risk of side effects.

With respect to the smaller number of individuals (approximately 40,000) registered with Health Canada for personal or designated production, Health Canada has seen a progressive and concerning increase in the average daily amount being authorized by some health care practitioners in some jurisdictions. Nationally, the average daily authorized amount for these individuals is well above the amount suggested in available guidance and evidence. Health Canada is concerned that high daily authorized amounts are, in a few instances, leading to abuse of the access to cannabis for medical purposes framework and are undermining the integrity of the system that many patients – and health care practitioners – rely on to access cannabis to address their medical needs. While treatment options remain a decision best made in consultation between a patient and their health care practitioner, high daily authorized amounts may pose risks to public health and safety, including the risk of cannabis being diverted to the illicit market. Health Canada continues to receive questions from provincial and territorial as well as municipal officials, law enforcement, and the public on the daily amounts authorized by health care practitioners for personal and designated production.

In an effort to support provincial/territorial medical regulatory (licensing) authorities in their oversight of authorizing practices in their jurisdiction, Health Canada began proactively sharing data on the number of health care practitioners and the daily amounts authorized with these regulatory authorities in May and June 2019.

Consistent with Health Canada’s commitment as a regulator to openness and transparency, and to support collective efforts to  address potential misuse of Canada’s access to cannabis for medical purposes framework, while preserving reasonable access for those who need it, the Department will henceforth publish new data sets on daily amounts authorized by health care practitioners on a quarterly basis.  

The new data sets are as follows:

  • The monthly average daily amount authorized by health care practitioners for active personal/designated production registrations, broken down by jurisdiction;
  • The total number of health care practitioners associated with active registrations with federally licensed sellers in the past twelve months, broken down by jurisdiction;
  • The number of health care practitioners associated with active personal/designated production registrations, broken down by jurisdiction;
  • For active personal/designated production registrations, the number of health care practitioners who have authorized a patient to access 25 grams of cannabis per day or more, broken down by jurisdiction;
  • For active personal/designated production registrations, the number of health care practitioners who have authorized a patient to access 100 grams of cannabis per day or more, broken down by jurisdiction; and
  • Revocations of personal/designated production registrations.

Highlights of the data as of March 2021:

  • The average daily amount authorized by health care practitioners for individuals registered to access cannabis for medical purposes from federally licensed sellers was 2 grams per day. This amount has remained relatively constant since October 2018 when the Cannabis Act came into force.
  • The average daily amount authorized by health care practitioners for individuals who are registered with Health Canada for personal or designated production was 42.6 grams per day.
  • There were 7,781 health care practitioners associated with registrations made in the previous twelve months with federally licensed sellers.
  • There were 1,882 health care practitioners associated with active personal/designated production registrations.
    • Of these, 386 health care practitioners authorized amounts equal to or above 25 grams per day, and 39 authorized amounts equal to or above 100 grams per day.
  • The majority (78%) of health care practitioners having authorized amounts equal to or above 25 grams per day were located in British Columbia and Ontario. Similarly, 95% of health care practitioners having authorized amounts equal to or above 100 grams per day were located in British Columbia and Ontario.

Data on medical client registrations

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
2018-10 345,520 110,189 14,237 13,356 7,902 4,143 13,993 169 60 160,374 1,546 10,708 8,681 162
2018-11 352,965 108,258 15,783 14,318 7,782 4,267 14,070 184 60 166,223 1,502 11,243 9,109 166
2018-12 353,642 105,905 16,376 14,681 7,980 4,326 14,297 186 63 167,406 1,566 11,461 9,235 160
2019-01 356,034 103,423 16,839 14,795 8,199 4,606 14,452 190 66 170,102 1,576 12,259 9,357 170
2019-02 359,064 101,916 17,149 15,080 8,293 4,798 14,677 188 65 172,796 1,589 13,119 9,225 169
2019-03 355,302 97,912 17,442 15,331 8,235 4,792 14,771 181 64 172,267 1,680 13,240 9,223 164
2019-04 359,535 94,843 17,805 15,746 8,967 5,065 14,986 187 58 177,341 1,701 13,459 9,204 173
2019-05 362,506 95,337 18,218 15,730 8,490 4,984 15,045 173 67 179,270 1,606 14,472 8,963 151
2019-06 363,917 94,296 18,326 15,924 8,724 5,034 15,072 156 72 180,794 1,602 14,836 8,925 156
2019-07 368,164 93,724 18,538 15,771 8,888 5,088 13,205 146 71 185,260 1,574 15,135 8,831 148
2019-08 366,332 91,666 18,663 15,780 8,865 5,003 13,092 147 83 185,303 1,580 15,424 8,725 140
2019-09 369,614 91,210 18,836 15,987 9,104 5,196 15,264 148 89 187,444 1,565 15,987 8,635 140
2019-10 363,555 88,159 19,042 15,961 9,440 4,578 15,146 168 52 183,784 1,589 16,888 8,786 142
2019-11 362,595 86,737 18,792 15,855 9,604 4,988 14,872 185 51 184,068 1,571 17,158 8,574 140
2019-12 358,864 85,888 18,664 15,423 9,695 4,993 14,438 190 58 181,562 1,559 17,731 8,738 285
2020-01 342,112 79,324 17,457 14,757 9,405 4,829 14,079 176 52 174,931 1,493 17,620 7,867 122
2020-02 335,363 77,053 17,362 14,236 9,203 4,747 13,757 161 111 172,625 1,488 16,952 7,549 119
2020-03 329,038 73,629 17,053 13,855 9,019 4,652 13,611 143 121 171,107 1,439 16,904 7,385 115
2020-04 320,340 70,057 17,021 13,323 9,075 4,818 13,380 165 61 166,396 1,445 17,149 7,321 129
2020-05 307,298 65,766 15,624 12,413 8,515 4,651 12,561 159 134 162,918 1,366 16,342 6,744 109
2020-06 303,221 63,359 16,397 12,225 8,790 4,786 12,692 180 60 159,652 1,390 16,846 6,730 114
2020-07 331,475 70,285 17,309 13,010 9,848 5,172 13,871 182 64 174,834 1,537 18,424 6,814 125
2020-08 368,888 76,853 19,285 14,409 10,500 5,697 15,069 205 70 196,483 1,664 20,827 7,690 136
2020-09 377,024 77,145 19,607 14,687 10,719 5,911 15,512 209 76 201,739 1,699 21,692 7,893 135
2020-10 369,268 75,096 19,390 14,363 10,455 5,797 15,168 256 67 197,701 1,663 21,560 7,622 130
2020-11 365,937 73,555 19,314 14,048 10,465 5,893 15,224 196 68 196,033 1,679 21,735 7,414 313
2020-12 321,539 63,394 17,903 12,430 9,287 5,351 13,772 170 61 171,185 1,545 19,387 6,935 119
2021-01 302,909 58,940 17,063 11,538 8,765 5,224 13,139 149 56 161,285 1,478 18,804 6,344 124
2021-02 265,841 46,414 13,162 11,211 8,236 4,876 12,542 122 49 145,969 1,413 17,846 3,846 155
2021-03 292,399 55,928 16,695 10,245 8,108 5,766 12,969 165 50 157,620 1,491 17,511 5,728 123
Table 2: Active personal/designated production registrations
Month-Year  CAN AB BC MB NB NL NS NT NU ON PEI QC SK YK
2018-10 25,945 3,143 5,747 921 850 140 1,183 5 0 9,037 56 4,424 425 14
2018-11 26,511 3,211 5,817 975 844 144 1,203 5 0 9,186 53 4,622 437 14
2018-12 27,281 3,313 5,921 1,044 845 148 1,234 5 0 9,399 51 4,860 445 16
2019-01 28,315 3,409 6,166 1,121 847 152 1,259 4 0 9,684 53 5,149 454 17
2019-02 30,028 3,612 6,494 1,207 908 172 1,322 4 0 10,253 55 5,507 475 19
2019-03 30,883 3,731 6,606 1,285 922 189 1,358 4 0 10,498 58 5,719 494 19
2019-04 29,675 3,573 6,215 1,300 894 203 1,275 2 0 10,055 49 5,620 470 19
2019-05 29,274 3,468 6,076 1,296 857 213 1,254 2 0 9,921 49 5,663 456 19
2019-06 28,869 3,418 5,891 1,312 861 223 1,241 2 0 9,822 51 5,572 457 19
2019-07 28,829 3,390 5,837 1,360 848 225 1,219 3 0 9,777 52 5,646 453 19
2019-08 28,985 3,401 5,843 1,368 850 227 1,195 3 0 9,801 50 5,776 452 19
2019-09 29,193 3,400 5,849 1,405 866 229 1,185 5 0 9,873 51 5,881 429 20
2019-10 30,188 3,480 6,067 1,456 873 232 1,207 4 0 10,151 53 6,206 438 21
2019-11 31,050 3,542 6,227 1,513 893 241 1,210 4 0 10,387 54 6,505 454 20
2019-12 32,390 3,724 6,524 1,572 939 257 1,234 4 0 10,699 59 6,899 460 19
2020-01 33,551 3,822 6,826 1,616 973 265 1,264 4 0 11,051 65 7,171 475 19
2020-02 34,772 3,880 7,062 1,672 984 264 1,276 4 0 11,503 70 7,553 485 19
2020-03 35,227 3,884 7,195 1,693 987 269 1,275 4 0 11,644 71 7,700 486 19
2020-04 33,503 3,572 6,887 1,614 906 257 1,207 5 0 11,050 66 7,474 446 19
2020-05 33,769 3,594 6,915 1,645 921 254 1,204 5 0 11,147 68 7,537 460 19
2020-06 33,614 3,519 6,861 1,635 912 249 1,208 5 0 11,052 72 7,633 451 17
2020-07 39,245 4,178 7,888 1,851 1,083 296 1,401 5 0 13,131 80 8,771 539 22
2020-08 41,330 4,345 8,214 1,928 1,130 314 1,467 7 0 13,930 84 9,320 569 22
2020-09 43,211 4,473 8,590 1,985 1,181 326 1,520 7 0 14,648 89 9,773 596 23
2020-10 42,959 4,395 8,600 1,961 1,172 315 1,482 8 0 14,566 88 9,779 572 21
2020-11 43,619 4,407 8,663 1,982 1,167 315 1,479 9 0 14,864 88 10,039 583 23
2020-12 43,680 4,319 8,659 1,992 1,169 323 1,457 10 0 14,891 87 10,168 581 24
2021-01 39,902 3,661 7,961 1,823 1,044 288 1,286 11 0 13,508 72 9,724 504 20
2021-02 39,144 3,507 7,811 1,802 1,002 283 1,241 12 0 13,076 65 9,829 498 18
2021-03 39,525 3,447 7,966 1,789 981 288 1,230 10 0 13,141 65 10,099 491 18

Data on average daily amounts authorized by health care practitioners

Table 3: Average authorized amount of dried cannabis for medical purposes associated with active registrations (grams per day)
Year-month Active client registrations Active personal or designated production registrations
CAN AB BC MB NB NL NS NT NU ON PEI QC SK YK
2018-10 2.1 25.2 10.0 36.6 18.4  7.0 12.7  9.4  7.8 0 25.1  7.1 32.4 12.9 17.9
2018-11 2.1 25.5 10.2 37.4 18.2  7.1 13.5  9.6  7.8 0 25.2  7.1 32.7 13.0 19.6
2018-12 2.1 25.7 10.3 38.0 17.9  8.4 13.9  9.7  7.8 0 25.3  7.2 32.7 13.0 19.4
2019-01 2.1  26.1 10.4 38.6 18.0 8.7 14.0 9.9 7.3 0 25.6 8.2 32.9 13.1 18.5
2019-02 2.1  26.4 10.5 39.2 18.3 9.3 14.1 10.0 7.3 0 26.1 8.0 32.8 13.0 18.7
2019-03 2.0  27.2 10.9 40.8 18.0 10.0 14.1 10.3 7.3 0 26.9 7.8 33.5 13.8 18.7
2019-04 2.0  28.1 11.2 42.6 18.3 10.2 13.7 10.7 7.5 0 27.9 8.5 34.1 14.6 18.8
2019-05 2.0  29.0 11.6 44.2 18.8 10.7 14.3 11.4 7.5 0 28.7 9.1 34.7 15.1 18.8
2019-06 2.0  29.4 11.7 45.8 18.7 10.7 14.1 11.8 7.5 0 29.0 10.5 35.0 15.0 16.7
2019-07 2.0  30.1 12.0 47.2 19.1 11.2 14.4 12.3 31.7 0 29.7 10.8 35.2 15.5 13.2
2019-08 2.0  30.8 12.4 48.3 19.4 11.5 14.5 12.6 31.7 0 30.5 13.7 35.5 16.1 13.2
2019-09 2.0  31.5 12.3 49.6 20.0 11.8 14.4 12.8 24.2 0 31.5 13.4 35.9 16.5 12.3
2019-10 2.1  32.3 12.7 50.9 20.3 11.8 14.5 13.4 28.8 0 32.3 14.7 36.3 17.1 14.3
2019-11 2.1  33.0 13.0 52.3 20.7 11.9 14.8 13.6 28.8 0 33.0 15.1 36.9 17.9 13.5
2019-12 2.1  33.8 13.6 53.6 21.5 11.6 14.6 13.7 28.8 0 33.7 14.4 37.5 18.4 12.6
2020-01 2.0  34.7 14.1 55.0 22.0 11.4 14.8 14.3 28.8 0 34.8 13.4 38.0 18.7 14.2
2020-02 2.0  35.7 14.8 55.9 22.3 11.4 14.8 14.5 28.8 0 36.3 13.6 38.3 18.8 14.2
2020-03 2.0  36.2 15.2 56.5 22.4 11.4 14.8 14.7 28.8 0 36.8 13.7 38.6 18.7 13.9
2020-04 2.0 37.1 16.0 57.4 23.3 11.6 15.1 15.3 33.0 0 38.0  14.5 38.9 19.1 14.0
2020-05 2.0 37.2 16.1 57.6 23.5 11.8 14.9 15.2 33.0 0 38.1 13.6 39.0 18.7 14.0
2020-06 2.1 37.6 16.4 57.8 23.9 12.1 14.3 15.4 33.0 0 38.6 11.9 39.4 19.0 14.5
2020-07 2.0 37.5 16.3 57.5 23.4 12.4 14.3 15.9 33.0 0 38.7 12.9 39.6 19.3 14.1
2020-08 2.0 37.5 16.4 57.7 23.5 12.6 14.1 16.0 27.1 0 38.7 12.9 39.4 19.4 14.1
2020-09 2.0 38.1 17.0 58.5 23.9 13.2 14.0 16.4 27.1 0 39.4 12.5 39.4 19.4 14.1
2020-10 1.9 38.9 17.5 59.8 25.2 13.9 14.1 16.6 25.0 0 40.3 12.6 39.7 19.7 12.3
2020-11 2.0 39.6 18.1 60.7 25.9 14.7 14.1 17.0 23.3 0 41.0 12.2 39.9 19.7 13.7
2020-12 2.0 39.8 18.5 61.1 26.3 15.0 14.0 17.4 24.0 0 41.2 12.4 39.7 19.7 17.7
2021-01 2.0 41.1 20.1 62.0 28.0 15.7 14.7 18.2 23.6 0 42.6 11.7 40.1 20.4 19.9
2021-02 2.0 41.5 20.9 62.6 28.5 16.3 14.5 18.6 22.1 0 43.0 11.2 40.3 20.6 18.4
2021-03 2.0 42.6 22.1 63.7 29.8 16.9 14.8 19.8 23.9 0 43.9 12.7 41.0 21.3 18.6

Data on Health Care Practitioners

Table 4: Total Number of health care practitioners associated with registrations made in the previous twelve months with federally licensed sellers
Year-month CAN AB BC MB NB NL NS NT NU ON PEI QC SK YK
2019-09 6,700 955 1,035 385 349 122 457 11 2 3,097 60 608 457 12
2019-10 7,182 914 1,148 407 348 124 482 11 3 3,244 61 734 528 8
2019-11 7,656 934 1,219 428 343 128 498 10 3 3,471 66 836 583 9
2019-12 7,897 937 1,281 421 336 131 512 10 3 3,536 65 922 622 11
2020-01 8,172 956 1,317 423 346 131 526 10 3 3,639 66 1,007 649 12
2020-02 8,339 964 1,356 431 350 135 529 10 3 3,706 69 1,055 652 14
2020-03 8,425 982 1,359 436 352 136 508 10 5 3,722 67 1,118 660 15
2020-04 8,602 995 1,395 443 356 142 508 11 5 3,792 68 1,146 675 13
2020-05 8,660 1,004 1,417 444 353 145 508 10 5 3,837 70 1,133 678 15
2020-06 8,675 982 1,429 446 354 147 515 11 6 3,838 68 1,136 683 17
2020-07 8,711 981 1,436 453 345 151 526 9 6 3,852 67 1,155 679 18
2020-08 8,660 961 1,446 444 342 157 525 8 6 3,836 63 1,140 662 18
2020-09 8,545 906 1,444 442 340 152 522 8 6 3,753 61 1,135 666 19
2020-10 8,300 873 1,395 424 333 154 498 8 6 3,647 58 1,119 657 19
2020-11 8,125 851 1,367 412 331 151 494 8 5 3,541 54 1,101 666 17
2020-12 8,045 839 1,356 418 333 145 487 7 5 3,489 54 1,099 657 17
2021-01 7,888 818 1,321 404 326 144 483 7 5 3,428 51 1,083 646 18
2021-02 7,782 818 1,307 396 321 138 474 6 5 3,373 49 1,065 639 17
2021-03 7,781 809 1,312 401 320 139 473 5 4 3,379 50 1,055 635 17

Under Section 297 of the Cannabis Regulations, federally licenced sellers of cannabis for medical purposes must report on a monthly basis information related to health care practitioners associated with new client registrations in the reporting period. For comparison with Table 5 below, Table 4 presents an approximation of the number of health care practitioners associated with active client registrations by estimating the number of health care practitioners associated with registrations made in the previous twelve months, since medical authorizations are typically valid for twelve months. Table 4 and Table 5 are not cumulative since health care practitioners can be associated with registrations with federally licensed sellers and personal/designated registrations with Health Canada.

Table 5: Health care practitioners associated with active personal/designated registrations
Year-month CAN AB BC MB NB NL NS NT NU ON PEI QC SK YK
2018-10 2,308 193 538 96 84 34 207 0 0 893 16 157 103 0
2018-11 2,322 191 533 100 87 37 211 0 0 899 16 159 103 0
2018-12 2,359 192 543 104 84 38 214 0 0 911 14 168 103 0
2019-01 2,393 192 558 108 81 37 213 0 0 922 14 175 106 0
2019-02 2,473 200 577 112 83 38 215 0 0 944 14 191 112 0
2019-03 2,531 209 586 115 84 39 218 0 0 971 15 192 114 0
2019-04 2,413 200 555 114 80 37 206 0 0 924 14 187 109 0
2019-05 2,367 196 534 111 77 35 209 0 0 908 13 190 106 0
2019-06 2,375 200 524 109 80 35 208 0 0 910 14 201 108 0
2019-07 2,348 195 526 112 84 34 202 0 0 889 14 198 108 0
2019-08 2,317 188 519 110 85 31 201 0 0 876 14 198 106 0
2019-09 2,286 179 509 106 84 30 201 0 0 871 14 201 102 0
2019-10 2,286 175 511 107 86 27 203 0 0 871 13 206 98 0
2019-11 2,285 175 508 107 86 26 202 0 0 872 13 209 99 0
2019-12 2,310 180 522 109 86 25 201 0 0 867 15 217 101 0
2020-01 2,327 186 527 108 89 26 205 0 0 861 18 217 105 0
2020-02 2,326 185 527 109 88 26 207 0 0 848 18 224 107 0
2020-03 2,339 186 533 111 87 27 203 0 0 850 18 228 107 0
2020-04 2,222 176 514 102 80 28 195 0 0 805 17 221 98 3
2020-05 2,217 172 509 105 78 28 196 0 0 807 18 218 101 3
2020-06 2,186 169 498 107 76 27 194 0 0 794 17 223 96 3
2020-07 2,392 185 550 113 85 29 202 0 0 873 19 246 105 3
2020-08 2,421 189 555 116 87 29 203 0 0 882 19 253 104 3
2020-09 2,443 189 560 117 87 29 202 0 0 898 19 254 104 3
2020-10 2,379 188 548 114 84 26 194 0 0 872 19 251 101 3
2020-11 2,376 186 544 116 86 26 191 0 0 873 19 249 101 6
2020-12 2,327 182 526 115 82 26 190 0 0 858 19 248 96 5
2021-01  2,053  163  455  104  81  25  173 0   0  743  17  235  87  3
2021-02  1,950  156  428  98  80  24  166 0  706  16  224  83  3
2021-03  1,882  154  416  98  84  23  157 0   0    664  13  224  80  3
Table 6: Health care practitioners associated with active personal/designated registrations who authorized amounts equal to or above 25 grams per day
Year-month CAN AB BC MB NB NL NS NT NU ON PEI QC SK YK
2018-10 366 13 179 9 2 2 10 0 0 119 0 30 5 0
2018-11 363 12 174 9 2 2 13 0 0 121 0 29 5 0
2018-12 371 12 178 9 2 2 13 0 0 125 0 29 5 0
2019-01 379 12 181 9 2 2 12 0 0 131 0 29 5 0
2019-02 392 12 185 9 3 2 12 0 0 138 0 30 5 0
2019-03 408 12 193 11 4 2 12 0 0 145 0 29 5 0
2019-04 390 13 188 8 3 2 11 0 0 140 0 26 5 0
2019-05 387 12 184 8 3 2 11 0 0 141 0 28 4 0
2019-06 391 13 183 7 3 2 12 0 0 142 0 28 7 0
2019-07 404 17 190 8 3 2 12 0 0 144 0 27 7 0
2019-08 408 17 191 9 4 2 12 0 0 145 0 27 7 0
2019-09 408 16 192 10 4 2 12 0 0 144 0 27 7 0
2019-10 413 16 193 10 4 2 11 0 0 146 0 31 6 0
2019-11 424 17 196 11 4 2 9 0 0 150 0 33 8 0
2019-12 438 16 204 11 4 2 10 0 0 154 0 35 8 0
2020-01 447 17 210 11 4 2 10 0 0 152 0 38 8 0
2020-02 451 17 209 12 3 2 9 0 0 156 0 39 9 0
2020-03 458 17 214 12 3 3 9 0 0 156 0 39 9 0
2020-04 440 17 204 12 2 3 9 0 0 153 0 37 9 0
2020-05 439 19 201 12 2 3 9 0 0 152 0 38 9 0
2020-06 435 19 199 12 2 3 9 0 0 148 0 40 9 0
2020-07 479 19 218 13 3 4 9 0 0 162 0 47 11 0
2020-08 481 19 220 13 3 4 9 0 0 162 0 47 11 0
2020-09 488 19 227 13 3 4 9 0 0 162 0 47 11 0
2020-10 484 19 227 13 3 3 9 0 0 158 0 48 11 0
2020-11 486 18 228 14 3 3 9 0 0 160 0 47 10 1
2020-12 478 18 219 14 2 3 9 0 0 162 0 47 10 1
2021-01 424 18 188 12 1 3 8 0 0 144 0 47 9 1
2021-02 395 18 173 12 1 3 7 0 0 136 0 42 9 1
2021-03 386 18 169 10 0 3 7 0 0 132 0 45 9 1
Table 7: Health care practitioners associated with active personal/designated registrations who authorized amounts equal to or above 100 grams per day
Year-month CAN AB BC MB NB NL NS NT NU ON PEI QC SK YK
2018-10 27 1 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 0 1 1 0
2018-11 30 2 12 0 0 0 1 0 0 15 0 1 1 0
2018-12 31 2 13 0 0 0 1 0 0 15 0 1 1 0
2019-01 32 2 13 0 0 0 1 0 0 16 0 1 1 0
2019-02 33 2 13 0 0 0 1 0 0 17 0 1 1 0
2019-03 34 2 14 0 0 0 1 0 0 17 0 1 1 0
2019-04 31 2 14 0 0 0 1 0 0 14 0 1 1 0
2019-05 35 2 15 0 0 0 1 0 0 17 0 1 1 0
2019-06 36 2 15 0 0 0 1 0 0 18 0 1 1 0
2019-07 37 2 15 0 0 0 1 0 0 19 0 1 1 0
2019-08 37 2 15 0 0 0 1 0 0 18 0 2 1 0
2019-09 39 1 18 0 0 0 1 0 0 18 0 2 1 0
2019-10 40 1 18 1 0 0 1 0 0 18 0 2 1 0
2019-11 45 1 20 1 0 0 1 0 0 21 0 2 1 0
2019-12 45 0 20 1 0 0 1 0 0 23 0 2 1 0
2020-01 47 0 20 1 0 0 1 0 0 24 0 2 1 0
2020-02 47 0 20 1 0 0 1 0 0 24 0 2 1 0
2020-03 47 0 21 1 0 0 1 0 0 23 0 2 1 0
2020-04 48 0 21 1 0 0 1 0 0 23 0 2 1 0
2020-05 48 0 21 1 0 0 1 0 0 23 0 2 1 0
2020-06 49 0 21 1 0 0 1 0 0 24 0 2 1 0
2020-07 49 0 21 1 0 0 1 0 0 24 0 2 1 0
2020-08 49 0 21 1 0 0 1 0 0 24 0 2 1 0
2020-09 52 0 23 1 0 0 1 0 0 25 0 2 1 0
2020-10 55 0 23 2 0 0 1 0 0 27 0 2 1 0
2020-11 57 0 24 2 0 0 1 0 0 28 0 2 1 0
2020-12 57 1 23 2 0 0 1 0 0 29 0 2 0 0
2021-01 49 1 22 1 0 0 0 0 0 23 0 2 0 0
2021-02 45 1 20 1 0 0 0 0 0 23 0 0 0 0
2021-03 39 1 16 1 0 0 0 0 0 21 0 0 0 0

Administrative Data

Table 8: Personal/Designated Production Program Administrative Data
Year-month Registration applications processed Registration application related calls answered Completed registration applications processed within 8 weeks (%) Registration refusals Registration revocations
2018-10 2,466 649 98.4% 10 1
2018-11 2,842 392 95.9% 19 0
2018-12 2,539 217 98.7% 11 0
2019-01 3,013 620 93.6% 15 1
2019-02 3,639 570 98.0% 8 2
2019-03 4,107 688 98.9% 13 2
2019-04 4,086 586 99.0% 17 2
2019-05 3,746 1,078 98.0% 13 4
2019-06 3,550 1,887 98.0% 2 3
2019-07 4,541 2,106 92.6% 7 4
2019-08 4,147 1,696 91.2% 7 6
2019-09 3,660 1,280 79.8% 16 2
2019-10 4,153 1,513 93.0% 1 0
2019-11 3,840 1,666 95.8% 13 2
2019-12 4,656 1,492 94.0% 6 1
2020-01 4,755 1,786 97.8% 12 1
2020-02 4,591 1,256 96.6% 18 2
2020-03 2,032 1,513 94.7% 3 0
2020-04 1,569 1,823 12.0% 0 1
2020-05 1,205 2,130 11.0% 0 2
2020-06 2,476 2,689 9.0% 18 10
2020-07 6,451 3,813 0.0% 13 0
2020-08 4,807 2,180 12.0% 0 0
2020-09 4,204 2,387 20.0% 7 8
2020-10 5,402 1,753 1% 37 8
2020-11 4,829 1,649 15% 4 6
2020-12 4,540 1,514 20% 0 0
2021-01 4,718 2,185 45.1% 3 1
2021-02 5,029 2,155 45.0% 9 4
2021-03 6,141 2,335 51.5% 8 6

Domestic and International Shipments

Table 9: Total number of shipments of cannabis for medical purposes from a federal licence holder, by province and territory of destination
Year-month CAN AB BC MB NB NL NS NT NU ON PEI QC SK YK
2018-10 143,752 37,629 5,432 5,127 3,917 2,060 5,749 315 50 73,434 717 5,822 3,430 70
2018-11 123,776 31,259 5,391 4,048 3,668 1,775 4,920 234 48 63,900 561 5,135 2,785 52
2018-12 117,760 29,099 5,068 4,048 3,543 1,637 4,968 122 122 60,560 569 5,146 2,821 57
2019-01 126,898 30,599 6,001 4,252 3,939 1,941 5,411 129 34 65,785 609 5,193 2,935 70
2019-02 121,293 27,664 6,002 4,202 3,977 1,978 5,516 129 36 63,091 606 5,525 2,507 60
2019-03 128,158 29,094 6,387 4,563 4,332 1,951 5,680 99 28 66,900 688 5,694 2,675 67
2019-04 128,969 27,846 5,908 4,802 4,395 2,017 5,685 94 33 68,690 617 6,098 2,717 67
2019-05 131,450 27,765 6,380 4,655 4,566 1,916 5,826 97 31 70,098 688 6,606 2,749 73
2019-06 118,758 24,646 6,105 4,276 4,205 1,732 5,212 97 32 63,480 627 5,806 2,490 50
2019-07 122,216 25,647 6,248 4,377 4,570 1,755 4,178 68 41 64,527 697 6,270 2,506 60
2019-08 108,938 21,016 5,551 3,949 4,200 1,625 3,871 61 14 58,552 578 5,752 2,434 64
2019-09 108,346 21,135 5,518 3,984 4,247 1,712 3,910 58 25 57,575 587 5,964 2,306 55
2019-10 113,338 22,034 5,936 3,952 4,612 1,786 5,577 64 17 59,890 586 6,430 2,397 57
2019-11 119,202 23,488 6,388 4,250 4,805 1,942 5,629 81 31 62,257 667 6,978 2,623 63
2019-12 119,026 23,930 6,538 4,201 4,823 1,880 5,729 89 28 61,335 648 6,942 2,676 207
2020-01 110,210 20,644 5,752 3,895 4,809 1,867 5,720 64 30 57,647 643 6,933 2,155 51
2020-02 98,209 18,070 5,339 3,390 4,191 1,338 5,025 71 24 51,771 556 6,332 2,057 45
2020-03 128,236 23,429 6,942 4,587 5,138 2,347 4,722 102 45 67,716 752 8,047 2,695 66
2020-04 129,058 21,059 6,173 4,303 4,777 2,359 6,158 94 43 72,854 688 8,002 2,498 50
2020-05 108,718 18,893 5,723 3,651 4,504 2,104 5,476 90 37 58,232 636 7,155 2,190 46
2020-06 104,500 16,382 5,563 3,480 4,461 2,116 5,338 81 25 57,160 548 7,221 2,087 38
2020-07 107,892 17,336 6,062 3,821 4,623 1,928 5,319 82 23 58,571 601 7,063 2,414 49
2020-08 105,495 17,803 5,894 3,881 4,646 2,106 5,638 94 22 54,509 628 7,961 2,261 52
2020-09 105,853 16,651 5,863 3,790 4,665 2,076 5,598 89 24 56,877 572 7,513 2,077 58
2020-10 98,081 16,700 5,990 3,711 4,733 2,047 5,561 80 22 48,682 591 7,949 1,969 46
2020-11 105,388 18,102 6,498 4,266 4,815 2,208 6,125 85 28 51,897 654 8,379 2,192 139
2020-12 103,724 17,559 6,347 4,027 4,926 2,137 5,928 72 18 51,793 497 7,914 2,382 124
2021-01 95,191 15,131 5,837 3,518 4,931 2,049 5,751 68 19 47,293 609 7,874 2,066 45
2021-02 85,708 11,613 4,357 2,739 4,541 2,059 5,588 58 19 45,053 614 7,782 1,245 40
2021-03 110,760 17,732 6,898 4,126 5,341 2,751 6,905 79 28 54,798 767 9,015 2,260 60

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, by permitted quantities and endorsed quantities, but do not include industrial hemp. In the figures below, “permitted quantities” refer to cannabis allowed for export or import by the export or import permits issued by Health Canada and “endorsed quantities” means that Health Canada has received confirmation that the permits were used and the amount of product that was exported or imported. Although cannabis oil ceased to be a separate class on October 17, 2019, in October 2020 Health Canada communicated a temporary adjustment to its administration and enforcement approach for inventory classified as oil due to the logistical concerns connected with COVID-19. As such, Health Canada is reporting statistic for the importation and exportation of cannabis oil.

Table 10: Kilograms of dried cannabis permitted for import and export
Year-month Total quantity for import Total quantity for export
2018-10 0.00 22.00
2018-11 0.00 1.30
2018-12 0.00 236.75
2019-01 0.36 135.20
2019-02 0.00 249.05
2019-03 0.05 183.70
2019-04 0.07 434.00
2019-05 5.40 1,286.34
2019-06 20.00 1,874.80
2019-07 10.00 656.84
2019-08 0.00 922.24
2019-09 1.00 466.00
2019-10 1.35 306.00
2019-11 3.00 571.13
2019-12 0.05 434.01
2020-01 0.00 1,000.03
2020-02 14.54 2,258.79
2020-03 0.00 536.50
2020-04 0.00 2,258.84
2020-05 0.13 999.47
2020-06 0.00 1,019.54
2020-07 0.70 2,233.49
2020-08 0.35 2,053.30
2020-09 0.04 601.95
2020-10 0.00 4,120.96
2020-11 1.00 2,871.32
2020-12 0.00 1,256.16
2021-01 0.01 2,530.20
2021-02 0.00 1,477.11
2021-03 20.00 3,529.39
Note: Permits for importation were issued for scientific purposes only. 
Table 11: Kilograms of dried cannabis imported and exported, endorsed quantities
Year-month Total quantity imported Total quantity exported
2018-10 0.00 0.00
2018-11 0.00 20.00
2018-12 0.00 154.15
2019-01 0.00 121.45
2019-02 0.00 40.00
2019-03 0.00 178.67
2019-04 0.00 410.41
2019-05 0.00 217.06
2019-06 0.00 536.71
2019-07 0.00 494.98
2019-08 0.00 459.29
2019-09 0.00 349.84
2019-10 0.00 295.36
2019-11 19.00 1,323.36
2019-12 0.38 2,373.23
2020-01 0.00 1,540.93
2020-02 1.30 399.98
2020-03 0.00 852.56
2020-04 0.00 1,063.57
2020-05 0.00 733.95
2020-06 0.00 1,419.61
2020-07 4.62 229.68
2020-08 0.00 2,461.35
2020-09 0.00 1,233.47
2020-10 0.00 654.20
2020-11 0.00 4,468.08
2020-12 0.84 626.62
2021-01 0.00 1,117.34
2021-02 0.00 818.43
2021-03 0.00 761.45
Note: Permits for importation were issued for scientific purposes only. 
Table 12: Litres of cannabis oil permitted for import and export
Year-month Total quantity for import Total quantity for export
2018-10 0.00 0.00
2018-11 0.00 81.10
2018-12 0.00 274.66
2019-01 0.00 134.14
2019-02 0.00 166.68
2019-03 0.00 1,031.34
2019-04 0.00 544.73
2019-05 0.00 551.01
2019-06 0.00 2,587.48
2019-07 0.36 3,206.04
2019-08 0.00 189.98
2019-09 0.75 1,072.67
2019-10 0.00 1,966.82
2019-11 0.35 1,211.01
2019-12 0.00 247.89
2020-01 0.00 214.94
2020-02 0.00 1,963.43
2020-03 0.00 581.17
2020-04 0.00 2,339.91
2020-05 0.00 3,104.65
2020-06 0.50 1,949.37
2020-07 0.00 1,912.82
2020-08 0.35 1,104.09
2020-09 0.00 1,062.06
2020-10 0.00 1,421.31
2020-11 1.00 4,730.27
2020-12 0.00 1,957.68
2021-01 0.00 200.05
2021-02 0.00 1,056.09
2021-03 3.92 5,922.21
Note: Permits for importation were issued for scientific purposes only. 
Table 13: Litres of cannabis oil imported and exported, endorsed quantities
Year-month Total quantity imported Total quantity exported
2018-10 0.00 0.00
2018-11 0.00 0.10
2018-12 0.00 158.04
2019-01 0.00 1.50
2019-02 0.00 128.17
2019-03 0.00 250.45
2019-04 0.00 79.23
2019-05 0.00 600.10
2019-06 0.00 257.08
2019-07 0.00 405.89
2019-08 0.00 916.64
2019-09 0.00 257.36
2019-10 0.00 335.86
2019-11 0.00 1,253.93
2019-12 0.00 893.49
2020-01 0.00 213.62
2020-02 0.00 26.00
2020-03 0.00 736.32
2020-04 0.00 313.73
2020-05 0.00 1,145.63
2020-06 0.20 1,748.86
2020-07 0.00 1,631.52
2020-08 0.00 611.43
2020-09 0.00 1,133.75
2020-10 0.00 636.84
2020-11 0.00 1,464.77
2020-12 1.00 1,187.37
2021-01 0.00 0.00
2021-02 0.00 12.64
2021-03 0.00 1,249.20
Note: Permits for importation were issued for scientific purposes only.
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