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Designated Growers Licence

A person must not carry on the business of operating a designated cannabis production facility without holding a subsisting Designated Growers Licence.

A designated cannabis production facility means:

  • The use of buildings or structures for cultivating, propagating, harvesting, drying, storing, packaging, or distributing cannabis.
  • The operator of the facility is authorized to produce cannabis for the medical use of specific individual(s) pursuant to Part 14 of the Cannabis Regulations.

A designated cannabis production facility does not include:

  • The use of buildings or structures by an individual to produce cannabis for their own personal medical use.

Application Process:

There are several ways to access the Designated Growers Licence application package:

  • Access the application package online.
  • Contact Community By-law Enforcement Services to request an application package by mail.
  • Visit Community By-law Enforcement Services and pick up the application package in person:
    • Main Floor, 395 Main St.
      Monday – Friday (except holidays)
      8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Prerequisites:

Ensure you fully understand and are prepared to meet all the requirements before submitting your application. Deficiencies in your application can lead to delays or a rejection of your application.

Use the Designated Growers Licence checklist to make sure you have all the required documents in place before submitting your application.

Prerequisites include:

  • Verification from a City employee authorized to administer and enforce the Winnipeg Zoning By-law that operation of the designated cannabis production facility on the premises for which the licence is sought is permitted under the Zoning By-law 200/2006.

  • Verification that the person has obtained a permit for a monitored alarm system under the Alarm By-law No. 4676/87 for the premises.

  • A copy of all permits or authorizations that are required for work to make the premises appropriate for cannabis production, including:

    • electrical permits;
    • building permits;
    • permits authorizing the installation of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems; and
    • any other permits or authorizations that the designated employee may request.
  • A copy of all permits or authorizations that are required by the provincial or federal authorities, including registration certificates issued by Health Canada.

  • Documents, in a form approved by the designated employee, that demonstrate that the person seeking to use the premises as a designated cannabis production facility:

    • is a registered owner of the premises; or
    • if not a registered owner of the premises, has permission from all registered owners to use the premises as a designated cannabis production facility.

For facilities that are planning to grow six or more cannabis plants, the following are also required:

  • Floor plans of the premises at which the proposed designated cannabis production facility would be located, indicating:

    • where the cannabis plants will be located;
    • where cannabis or cannabis products will be processed; and
    • where the secure cannabis storage area will be located.
  • Disposal plans for any cannabis or cannabis product that is not provided or delivered to the registered patient.

  • Storage plans for any cannabis or cannabis product produced prior to the designated grower providing or delivering such goods to the registered patient.

  • Plans for the provision or delivery of cannabis or cannabis products to the registered patient.

  • The names of all persons to be employed, engaged, or otherwise involved in the operation of the designated cannabis production facility.

Cost:

See Licence Fees.

Fees are not permitted to be pro-rated or reduced; however, a recent Council-approved amendment to the Community Safety Business Licensing By-law now allows annual licences to be taken at any time of the year. Licences are valid for one year from date of purchase.

Renewal Period:

Annually

Inspection:

Zoning/Occupancy Inspection

By-law Enforcement Inspection

Other Information:

Community Safety Business Licensing By-law

Last update: July 12, 2022

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