Cannabis Nursery Licence

Cultivation licences are primarily for the propagation, cultivation, harvest, and sale (to certain parties) of cannabis. ​​

  • Why a Nursery Licence?
  • How Camas can help


With a licensed Nursery, a company can develop unique genetics for seed, seedling, and clone production, providing strain variety to sell to other Licensed Producers (LPs) and medical patients (with a Sale for Medical Purposes licence). 


A Nursery licence is restricted to a canopy space of 50 square metres (approximately 538 square feet) for all budding and flower plants. Canopy space is the surface area (including surfaces vertically arranged) where all parts and processes, such as cultivation, propagation, and harvesting of the cannabis plant must be contained. Additionally, a Nursery facility is not permitted to hold more than 5kg of flower at one time, and all leftover cannabis including stalks, stems, and leaves must be destroyed within 30 days of harvest.


A Nursery facility has the lowest security requirements of all the cultivation licences. Due to the limitations of the license, various physical security elements such as 24/7 intruder and visual monitoring systems and secure vaults for bulk cannabis are not required.


The lower security requirements of the Nursery license result in less upfront capital for the buildout of the facility. Depending on the size of the business and operations, administrative costs such as wages, utilities, maintenance fees, etc. will vary.  


Cultivators, prior to becoming licensed, have the unique opportunity to bring in starting materials (plants or seeds) obtained from unauthorized sources. All formerly illicitly obtained cannabis genetics must be declared during the licensing process, as an exclusive one-time ability to bring new genetics into the legal market. 


Cultivation licences are the only class of Health Canada licences that require a Master Grower. The Master Grower is responsible for the cultivation, propagation, and harvesting of cannabis in compliance with all applicable regulations. Like processing licences, cultivation licences also require a Licence Holder, a Responsible Person, and a Head of Security; a single person may hold multiple roles within one application, provided they satisfy the requirements. 

The Purple Camas Consulting team would like to offer our proven track record of licensing and operational success, and the opportunity for our clients to build equity in a long-term cannabis venture. We offer assistance with various classes of Cannabis Act licenses.

Entering the cannabis industry can be an exciting business venture with significant upfront costs. The Camas team is here to ease that transition and provide our industry expertise to develop successful cannabis businesses for our clients’ investments. 

We provide assistance with a complete Nursery application including the most challenging and time-consuming aspects of the application such as the Organizational Security Plan (OSP), Good Production Practices Report (GPP), Standard Operating Procedures Report (SOP), and the Record Keeping Report. We can create all of the templates and the full suite of SOPs necessary for a basic Health Canada Nursery application.

Licence Combinations

It is possible to acquire multiple licence classes on the same site. This table demonstrates the possible combinations of Health Canada licence classes an applicant can pursue. 

Nursery, Standard, and Micro-Cultivators are only permitted to sell seeds, fresh flower, and clones, and Standard and Micro-Processors can sell cured and finished products. 

Both cultivation and processing licences are permitted to sell their product to medical patients if they acquire a Sale for Medical Purposes licence.

A processing licence is required to sell to provincial distribution networks or recreational retailers.

Health Canada Cannabis Site Combinations

NOTE: Recreational sales in Canada are not regulated by Health Canada, but by each individual province and territory. Recreational sales are not included in this table.


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