Here you will find a list of resources that are vital to owning and running your store. Please be sure to review all documents before contacting your District Sales Manager for help.
As the exclusive wholesale provider of cannabis products in Ontario, our goal at the Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS) is to connect you with a wide assortment of legal, tested cannabis products procured through federally Licensed Producers. We also carry a broad selection of cannabis-related accessories for your consideration to offer you the added convenience of having only one wholesaler.
Authorized Retailers can also expect to receive support from our dedicated Onboarding Specialists, Client Service Centre team and District Sales Managers, who are available to support Retailers with their accounts, orders, payments, delivery and product issues.
Are you interested in becoming an Authorized Cannabis Retailer?
We created this list of steps to get you started – from applying for your licence to getting ready for opening day.
APPLY FOR YOUR LICENCE
You will need to apply for your licence through the AGCO (Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario) Application Process. The AGCO will issue the following documentation required to become a Licensed Retailer:
• Retail Operator Licence (ROL)
• Retail Store Authorization (RSA) Once your RSA has been issued by the AGCO, please contact the OCS to begin the onboarding process.
SIGN A CONFIDENTIALITY AGREEMENT (NDA) WITH THE OCS
When our Customer Service Centre has received all the required information outlined in Step 1, they will send you a digital Confidentiality Agreement to acknowledge via email.
Please note: you can sign your NDA once you have received your ROL, but you cannot proceed to the next step without having both your ROL and RSA.
VALIDATE YOUR ONLINE PURCHASING ACCOUNT
Once you receive your RSA from the AGCO, please contact the OCS onboarding team and an Onboarding Specialist will send you an invitation to set up your OCS B2B Portal account. To complete your account, you will need the following six documents:
- Pre-Authorized Debit Form
- Void Cheque or Direct Deposit Form
- Certificate of Insurance
- Store Logo
You will also receive a Store Locator Form and a Retailer Agreement Form in your OCS B2B Portal invite. Please ensure you complete both forms before setting up your Portal account. Your initial order date is usually scheduled a minimum of 10 business days after you begin your onboarding process with the OCS. This timeline is dependent on the complete accuracy of your application and documentation.
ACCESS THE OCS B2B PORTAL
You can access the OCS B2B portal once your Portal account has been approved. You will be able to browse the OCS Catalogue and set up additional Retail Users under your account.
PREPARE FOR YOUR FIRST ORDER
Next, you’ll receive a request from your District Sales Manager to set up a meeting to help you prepare for your initial order.
Your District Sales Manager will be able to provide data insights and advise on operational support. They will schedule training to help you place your initial order and answer any questions you have about our product catalogue.
PASS THE AGCO INSPECTION
Before you can open your store to the public, you will need to pass a final inspection by the AGCO. You can find more information about the Retail Store Pre-Authorization Inspections on the AGCO website.
Client Service Centre
The Client Service Centre is your touchpoint if you’re experiencing issues while submitting an order, have questions about Quality Assurance Claims, Insurance or Retailer Agreement renewals, or have concerns about shipping and delivery.
An Onboarding Specialist will help you with your initial setup, collect your banking information, insurance documents, ROL, RSA and (if needed) Retail Manager License.
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Who Does What?
Establishes the rules for licensing, regulating and governing the sale of cannabis through Licensed Retailers in Ontario.
Sets operational standards for Licensed Retailers to adhere to regulations in the Cannabis Retail Regulation Guide.
Responsible for the wholesale distribution of cannabis products.
The exclusive source for cannabis products and offer retail support to all Licensed Retailers in Ontario.