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Cannabis Delivery Regulations in Canada: The Complete Guide

April 22, 2022

As you may know, cannabis delivery is legal nationwide in Canada. However, that doesn’t mean that buying weed online is the same across the country. While the basics are consistent (order cannabis products online, have them shipped to your address), there are differences in the cannabis delivery process between provinces and territories. The Cannabis Act defines much of what’s legal in Canada’s recreational cannabis framework but provincial and territorial governments do have some control over the legal framework in their local jurisdictions. As such, it’s important to know the differences when ordering cannabis products for delivery.

We’ve compiled an overview of cannabis delivery across Canada to help you understand the regulations. Keep scrolling to learn more!

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Cannabis Delivery Regulations in Canada

Below you will find a list (in alphabetical order) of cannabis delivery regulations by province/territory.

Alberta

Alberta rolled out cannabis delivery solely through the provincial website albertacannabis.org. Up until March of 2022, this was the only avenue for adults looking to purchase legal cannabis online. Those regulations changed on March 8th, 2022, when the Alberta government began allowing licensed retailers to offer online cannabis delivery. Currently, adults of legal age in Alberta can purchase cannabis products online through a licensed retailer’s website.

Regulations surrounding cannabis delivery in Alberta include:

  • Only adults 18 years of age or older may order cannabis delivery
  • Delivery couriers must be at least 18 years old
    • Couriers must be employees of a licensed retailer
    • Third-party services are currently not allowed
  • Delivery couriers must have SellSafe certification
  • Cannabis products may only be delivered to Alberta addresses
  • A photo ID (government-issued) must be verified
    • No deliveries to minors are allowed
  • No deliveries to intoxicated people (adults or minors) are allowed
  • No more than 30 grams of dried cannabis (or its equivalent) may be delivered
  • Deliveries must be conducted within business hours of a licensed retailer
    • Deliveries made within 30 minutes after closing are permitted
  • Delivery fees may be applied by cannabis retailers

British Columbia

British Columbia’s government-run online store, www.bccannabisstores.com, was initially the only way for adults of legal age to order cannabis products online for delivery. Now, as of July 15th, 2021, all licensed cannabis retailers within the province have the ability to deliver non-medical cannabis products.

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Every licenced retailer in B.C. is permitted to delivery legal cannabis. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Regulations surrounding cannabis delivery in British Columbia include:

  • Only adults of legal age (19 years of age or older) are allowed to order cannabis delivery and must present a government-issued form of identification upon receipt
    • Persons appearing under the age of 19 must provide two forms of government-issued identification
  • Only licensed cannabis retailers are allowed to deliver cannabis products
    • Currently, third-party delivery services are not permitted
  • Cannabis products may only be delivered to residential addresses in British Columbia
    • Curbside delivery is permitted in the immediate vicinity of a cannabis retail store
  • Cannabis delivery may only take place between 9am and 11pm
    • Further local government restrictions may apply
      • Restrictions by Indigenous Nations or Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branches may apply
  • Licensed couriers may delivery by motor vehicle, bike or on foot
    • Cannabis products must be stored securely during transport
    • All delivery couriers must have a copy of their licence and government-issued identification on their person
  • No more than 30 grams of dried cannabis (or its equivalent) may be purchased for cannabis delivery
  • Delivery recipients do not have to be residents of the address a cannabis product is being delivered
    • Recipients must provide name and signature to take possession of a delivery

Manitoba

As defined by Manitoba law, retail cannabis licence holders are authorised to sell marijuana products at both their storefront and via delivery. Retail cannabis licences allow businesses to deliver products from licensed suppliers to consumers of legal age. In addition to retail cannabis licences, Manitoba also has distributor/delivery licences. Cannabis deliveries from delivery licensees are only legal in Manitoba if they are carried out on behalf of a licensed supplier.

The Liquor, Gaming & Cannabis Authority of Manitoba (LGCA) has set forth terms and conditions for cannabis delivery licences that all licensees must abide by.

Cannabis delivery terms and conditions in Manitoba include:

  • Only adults of legal age (19 years or older) may order cannabis delivery
    • In the event a person appears under 19 years old, government-issued identification is required
      • If the recipient cannot provide proof of identification, the delivery must be denied
  • Cannabis is not permitted for delivery to minors or a person who appears intoxicated
  • Delivery couriers must be at least 19 years of age or older
    • All delivery couriers must successfully complete training as specified by the provincial government
      • Proof of training completion must be kept on-person at all times
  • Delivery licence holders may not sell cannabis directly to consumers
    • All cannabis must be acquired from licensed suppliers that hold retail cannabis licences
    • Cannabis deliveries made by delivery licensees must be carried out on behalf of licensed suppliers
  • Delivery licence holders may not keep a stockpile of cannabis products
  • Cannabis delivery is only permitted within business hours of the licensed supplier
    • Deliveries are allowed up to 30 minutes after close
  • Delivery licensees are permitted to charge a delivery fee, however, the price of the product as presented by the licensed supplier may not be altered
  • Cannabis delivery is only allowed to Manitoba addresses
  • Detailed records, including date, time, name and address of delivery must be kept for every order
    • Records must be kept for at least two years
  • All cannabis products delivered from licensed suppliers must be delivered in the original packaging
  • No more that 30 grams of dried cannabis (or its equivalent) may be purchased for cannabis delivery

New Brunswick

Cannabis NB is the only legal option to purchase cannabis in New Brunswick, both in-store and online. Cannabis NB is a subsidiary of the New Brunswick Liquor Corporation (ANBL).

Cannabis delivery regulations in New Brunswick include:

  • Only adults 19 years of age or older are allowed to order cannabis delivery
  • Cannabis delivery is only permitted to New Brunswick addresses
    • A billing address outside of New Brunswick is permitted but all shipping addresses must be within the province
  • Cannabis delivery is only permitted during normal business hours of licensed retail locations
  • The adult who ordered cannabis delivery does not need to be present for receipt of delivery, however, an adult 19 years of age or older must be present to accept delivery on their behalf
    • If there is no adult available at an address to receive cannabis delivery, the package will be held for five days at a pickup location
      • After five days a refund will be processed and the order will no longer be available (restocking fees may apply)
  • Any adult receiving cannabis delivery must provide a valid, government-issued form of photo identification
  • Once a delivery order has been placed it cannot be modified or cancelled.

Newfoundland and Labrador

Under Newfoundland and Labrador’s Control and Sale of Cannabis Act, adults 19 years of age and older are allowed to purchase cannabis products from licensed retailers and online through the Newfoundland and Labrador Liquor Corporation (NLC) web portal (shopcannabisnl.com). The NLC is in charge of regulating the cannabis industry and has control over sale, possession and delivery of cannabis.

Regulations for cannabis delivery in Newfoundland and Labrador include:

  • Cannabis delivery is only permitted for adults 19 years of age or older
  • Cannabis delivery is only permitted to addresses within Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Adults may only purchase up to 30 grams of dried cannabis (or its equivalent) for cannabis delivery
  • Upon receipt of delivery, adults must provide government-issued photo identification

Northwest Territories

Legal cannabis is only available for purchase through licensed vendors approved by the Northwest Territories Liquor and Cannabis Commission (NTLCC). Online ordering and cannabis delivery is available from the NTLCC online store.

Cannabis delivery regulations in Northwest Territories include:

  • Only adults 19 years of age or older are permitted to order cannabis delivery
  • Cannabis delivery is only legal to addresses within Northwest Territories
  • Adults may purchase up to 30 grams of dried cannabis or its equivalent for delivery
  • A government-issued photo ID must be presented upon receipt of cannabis delivery

Nova Scotia

The Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation (NSLC) is the only authorised cannabis retailer in the province, offering both in-store and online shopping options. Canada Post facilitates all cannabis delivery in Nova Scotia.

Regulations for cannabis delivery in Nova Scotia include:

  • Only adults 19 years of age or older are allowed to order cannabis delivery
  • Government-issued photo identification must be provided upon receipt of delivery
    • If proof of identification is not provided then Canada Post will deny delivery
  • Cannabis delivery is only permitted to addresses within Nova Scotia
    • Billing address may be from outside of Nova Scotia but shipping address within the province is required
    • Delivery to a PO Box is not permitted
  • Any adult 19 years of age or older that provides government-issued ID can receive a cannabis delivery at an address, it is not required for the person who placed the order to receive delivery as long as another adult is there
    • In the event of unsuccessful delivery, Canada Post will hold the product for pickup at one of their retail locations
    • After 15 days if the products are not picked up the NSLC will refund the order (restocking fees may apply)
  • Delivery orders are limited to 30 grams of dried cannabis or its equivalent

Nunavut

The Nunavut Liquor and Cannabis Commission (NULC) and authorised NULC agents are the only legal cannabis retailers in the territory. Cannabis sales in Nunavut can be made both online and in-store.

Cannabis delivery regulations in Nunavut include:

  • Only adults 19 years of age or older may order cannabis online for delivery
  • Proof of age in the form of government-issued photo ID is required for all cannabis delivery purchases
  • Individuals may not purchase more than 30 grams of dried cannabis (or its equivalent) for cannabis delivery
  • Cannabis delivery is only legal to addresses within Nunavut

Ontario

Cannabis is legally available for purchase in Ontario through the Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS) or authorised private retailers. Initially, the OCS was the only online space for purchasing cannabis. In October of 2021, amendments were made to existing legislation to allow authorised retailers to provide cannabis delivery services.

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Firebird Delivery is proud to offer services in Kingston, Ontario. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Regulations for cannabis delivery in Ontario include: 

  • Payment for cannabis delivery products must be made before a delivery courier leaves the store with products
  • Cannabis delivery in Ontario is only legal to residential addresses within the province
  • Only adults 19 years of age or older may make cannabis delivery orders/purchases
    • Either the adult who placed the order or another adult of legal age must be present at the specified residential address to receive the delivery
  • Identification in the form of a government-issued photo ID must be presented if the recipient appears to be under the age of 25
  • All cannabis products sold via delivery must be in its original packaging
  • Cannabis may only be delivered between 9am and 11pm
  • Cannabis delivery orders can not exceed 30 grams of dried flower or its equivalent in other formats

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Prince Edward Island

Prince Edward Island’s Cannabis Control Act licensed Prince Edward Island Cannabis Management Corporation (PEIMC) to sell cannabis via four retail locations. Operating under the brand PEI Cannabis, cannabis is also available online for home delivery.

Cannabis delivery regulations in Prince Edward Island include:

  • Only adults 19 years of age or older are allowed to order cannabis delivery
  • Upon receipt of delivery, a government-issued photo ID must be provided
  • Cannabis may only be delivered to legal addresses within Prince Edward Island
    • Delivery to a PO box is not permitted
  • All cannabis deliveries on Prince Edward Island are facilitated by Purolator
  • A $7.00 delivery fee (plus tax) is charged for every cannabis delivery
    • Delivery fees are waived for orders over $100
  • It is not permitted to leave cannabis delivery packages unattended on a doorstep. An adult at the address must be present to receive the order
    • In the event no one is home, a note will be left to arrange a new time to attempt delivery or select a designated pickup location
  • No more than 30 grams of dried cannabis (or its equivalent) may be ordered for cannabis delivery

Quebec

Under the Cannabis Regulation Act set forth by Quebec lawmakers, only the Société québécoise du cannabis (SQDC) is permitted to sell retail cannabis in the province.

In Quebec, cannabis delivery regulations include:

  • Only adults 21 years of age or older may purchase and order cannabis products for delivery
  • A government-issued photo ID must be presented upon receipt of cannabis delivery
  • Cannabis delivery in Quebec is only legal to addresses within the province
  • No more than 30 grams of dried cannabis (or its equivalent) may be purchased for cannabis delivery

Saskatchewan

Under Saskatchewan’s Cannabis Control Regulations, only retailers with a licence from the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority (SLGA) are permitted to sell and deliver cannabis products. This includes both brick-and-mortar retail locations and online.

Cannabis delivery regulations in Saskatchewan include:

  • Only adults 19 years of age or older are permitted to purchase cannabis products for delivery
    • It is not permitted to deliver cannabis to minors or adults who appear to be intoxicated
  • Proof of age is required in the form of government-issued identification and must be presented upon receipt of delivery
  • The delivery recipient must sign a receipt of sale confirming the delivery
  • Cannabis delivery is only permitted between 8am and 3am
  • No more than 30 grams of dried cannabis (or its equivalent) may be purchased in a single order
  • Cannabis must be delivered in its original packaging and cannot be visible from the outside of the package
  • Cannabis may only be delivered to addresses within Saskatchewan

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Yukon

Yukon’s Cannabis Control and Regulation Act sets guidelines for cannabis businesses in the territory. Under these regulations, CannabisYukon.org is the only licensed online store to purchase cannabis for delivery.

Cannabis delivery regulations in Yukon include:

  • Only adults 19 years of age or older are legally allowed to purchase cannabis online for delivery
  • Adults must verify proof of age in the form of government-issued photo ID when receiving delivery
    • Delivery is not permitted to minors or those who appear to be intoxicated
  • CannabisYukon.org is only permitted to deliver cannabis products to Yukon addresses
  • No more than 30 grams of dried cannabis (or its equivalent) can be purchased for a delivery order
  • Only Visa and Mastercard are accepted for purchases
    • American credit cards may not be accepted due to banking restrictions
  • All cannabis deliveries are facilitated by Canada Post
    • COVID-19 restrictions may apply, requiring customers to visit the nearest post office to pick up their delivery orders

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