The CSRD has a voice when it comes to cannabis production and sales in the region.
The process of issuing licenses for both cannabis production and retail sales is under the authority of the provincial and federal government. But local governments, like the CSRD, have been given the chance to provide recommendations to the BC Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch on proposed retail sales license applications and feedback to Health Canada on production facility applications.
The CSRD has adopted a Cannabis Policy (PDF) and Cannabis Procedure (PDF) to deal with Cannabis-Related Businesses in the areas of the CSRD which are located outside municipal boundaries, First Nations Reserves and National Parks.
Anyone interested in developing a Cannabis-Related Business is encouraged to contact the CSRD before making any final site selection decisions, as applications are considered on a site-by-site basis. A pre-application meeting can be scheduled anytime by emailing staff or by calling 250-832-8194.
There are different approval processes for Cannabis Retail licenses and Cannabis production licenses. This page outlines the agencies that have approving authority.
Current cannabis retail store applications are listed on this page.
The CSRD's process for dealing with Cannabis-Related Businesses differs depending if you are looking for a retail license to sell cannabis products or a production license. Find out the required steps.
Who to Contact with Questions
Liquor & Cannabis Regulation Branch
Questions or concerns regarding Retail Cannabis Sales can be addressed to the Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch (LRCB):
Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch
Toll Free: 866-209-2111 or 250-952-5785
Questions or concerns regarding proposed or existing Cannabis Production Facilities (CPF) under the ACMPR, or Bill C-45 can be addressed to Health Canada as follows:
Office of Controlled Substances, Health Canada
Email Health Canada
Health Canada Cannabis License Page
Agricultural Land Commission (ALC)
Questions or concerns related to cannabis production in the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) can be addressed to the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC):
Provincial Agricultural Land Commission
Email Agricultural Land Commission
Agricultural Land Commission Website