Cannabis Retail in Canada


British Columbia

BC Cannabis Control and Licensing Act (CCLA)

Cannabis Distribution Act (CDA)

  • The province will use a government-run wholesale distribution model through its liquor distribution branch
  • Public and private retail operations will be permitted; provincial government will operate online sales

Cannabis Retail Store Licence Terms and Conditions Handbook

Non-Medical Cannabis Retail Licence Information

Cannabis licensing application portal



An Act to Control and Regulate Cannabis

  • Private retailers to operate physical stores under the supervision of the province’s liquor commission; the provincial government to operate online retail
  • Cannabis sales will not be permitted where alcohol, pharmaceuticals and tobacco are available for sale

Applications for Retail License



The Cannabis Control (Saskatchewan) Act

  • Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming (SLGA) will select 51 stores in 32 communities to sell cannabis



The Safe and Responsible Retailing of Cannabis Act 

  • Private retailers will be used to sell cannabis to consumers, through retail stores and online
  • Communities within Manitoba will be allowed to hold a plebiscite to prohibit cannabis sales

Lottery complete. Not accepting new applications at this time.


Ontario Cannabis Retail Corporation Act, 2017, S.O. 2017, c. 26, Sched. 2

  • Distribution and sales to be managed by the province through its liquor control board; private retail will also be permitted

private retail store system to launch April 1, 2019


An Act to constitute the Société québécoise du cannabis, to enact the Cannabis Regulation Act and to amend various highway safety-related provisions

  • Distribution and sales will be managed by the province via the new Société québécoise du cannabis
  • No private retail

New Brunswick

Cannabis Control Act

Cannabis Management Corporation Act

An Act to Amend the New Brunswick Liquor Corporation Act

  • The province’s liquor corporation will operate cannabis retail operations through a subsidiary
  • No private retail


Cannabis Control Act

  • The province’s liquor corporation is responsible for, among other things, buying importing and controlling the sale of cannabis
  • Private retailers to be used to sell cannabis, public online sales

Request for Proposals

Nova Scotia

Cannabis Control Act

  • The distribution and sale of cannabis will take place through the province’s liquor corporation
  • No private retail

Prince Edward Island

An Act to Respond to the Legalization of Cannabis

  • The province’s liquor corporation will operate cannabis retail operations through a subsidiary
  • No private retail


Cannabis Control and Regulation Act

Northwest Territories

Cannabis Legalization and Regulation Implementation Act

  • The territory’s liquor commission will be responsible for the importation and sale of cannabis
  • No private retail


Cannabis Statutes Amendment Act

Cannabis Act

  • Allows the Nunavut Liquor and Cannabis Commission to sell cannabis remotely (on-line and by phone), in physical stores, and through an Agent
  • Allows the GN to licence establishments that sell cannabis, including stores and lounges.
  • Private retail will be permitted