Applying for a Commercial Retail Real Estate Property

The AGCO will begin accepting applications for Retail Store Authorizations (RSA) on March 2, 2020. To apply for an RSA, you must have already applied for a Retail Operator Licence (ROL) but you do not have to wait until your ROL is approved in order to apply for an RSA. All applications must be submitted using the iAGCO online portal.

Important Note: The iAGCO portal will be taken offline between 12:01 am Friday, February 28 and 12:01 am Monday, March 2 in preparation for accepting RSA applications. You will not be able to begin or complete any applications during this period.

Applicants may submit up to 10 RSA applications starting March 2. Please do not submit more. If more than 10 RSAs are submitted, those over 10 will not be processed and fees will not be refunded. For more information on the rollout of RSA applications, please refer to the December 12, 2019 announcement “AGCO updates application process for cannabis retail licensing”

The AGCO will process RSA applications as they are received. However, it is important to understand that the first applications received will not necessarily be the first issued. The time required to process a RSA application depends on a number of factors, including:

  • The completeness of the information provided by the applicant (incomplete applications will delay the processing time)
  • The applicant’s timeliness in correcting any deficiencies to their application
  • Issues identified during the AGCO’s eligibility assessment that require further follow-up or investigation
  • The number and scope of issues raised by the public during the public notice process
  • The time required for applicants to build out and prepare their stores to meet regulatory requirements and pass AGCO inspections


The AGCO is committed to processing complete applications as quickly as possible with the objective of making a legal supply of cannabis more broadly available across Ontario. In accordance with direction set by government, beginning in April 2020, the AGCO expects to issue up to 20 RSAs per month as stores become ready.


Find out more about how to apply for a Retail Operator Licence.

Find out more about how to apply for a Retail Store Authorization (as of March 2.)


CannSell training reminder for retail store operators and employees

If you obtained CannSell certification before January 2, 2020, you have until March 2, 2020 to complete the new, one-hour standalone module on edibles, extracts and topicals.  See for more information. Anyone who did not get their certification before January 2 must complete the full, updated CannSell training program, which now includes content related to edibles, extracts and topicals.

Updates to Registrar’s Standards and FAQs

The AGCO recently updated Sections 8.3 and 8.4 of the Registrar’s Standards for Cannabis Retail Stores to reflect the government’s announcement allowing stores to offer online “click and collect” services.

We have also updated our Retail Store Operation: FAQs page regarding online sales (question #6) and the retailing of edibles, topicals and extracts (question #11)


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