Retail operator licence

To open a cannabis retail store, you must first have a Retail Operator Licence. Find information about what you need for a Retail Operator Licence.


Holders of a Retail Operator Licence are responsible for meeting all Standards

To operate a cannabis retail store in Ontario:

  1. you must qualify for a Retail Operator Licence
  2. once licensed, your proposed physical store(s) must qualify for a retail store authorization
  3. you (or your store manager) must get a Retail Manager Licence

Learn more about the steps to opening a cannabis retail store in Ontario

Note: you can’t transfer your Retail Operator Licence to anyone else. 


Learn how to apply for a cannabis Retail Operator Licence.

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