Canada’s Cannabis Industry Fees Increase to Reflect Inflation

Canada is raising regulatory fees for cannabis operators to align with the nation’s 4.4% inflation rate, impacting various license application and annual fees to support the regulation of its legal cannabis market.

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Canadian government officials are increasing the regulatory fees paid by licensed cannabis operators to match Canada’s 4.4% inflation rate from April 2022 to April 2023.

The fee increases will take effect starting April 1, 2024; the money collected is supposed to be used to regulate the country’s federally legal cannabis market.

The Canada Gazette, which is published by the federal government, said the fees are to be adjusted each year on April 1 to reflect changes in the “April All-items Consumer Price Index for Canada … for the previous fiscal year and rounded to the next highest dollar.”

As a result, these are the new regulatory fees for Canada’s cannabis industry:

  • The micro-cultivation license application screening was increased from $1,886 to $1,969.
  • The standard cultivation license application screening was increased from $3,767 to $3,933.
  • The cannabis nursery license application screening was increased from $1,886 to $1,969.
  • The micro-processing license application screening increased from $1,886 to $1,969.
  • The standard processing license application screening was increased from $3,767 to $3,933.
  • The medical sales license application screening was increased from $3,767 to $3,933.

In addition to the application screening fees, Canadian cannabis operators are expected to pay an annual regulatory fee, although some operators have historically been unable to pay up due to financial difficulties, MJBizDaily reports. The annual fee can be either a flat rate payment or a percentage of the company’s gross revenue, whichever is higher.

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