Standard Cultivation LicenCe

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

  • Why a Standard Cultivation Licence?
  • How Camas can help


There is no limit to the size of the facility nor canopy space for Standard Cultivators. 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. This licence is well suited for applicants who wish to grow in a facility larger than 200 square metres.


With its limitless production capacity, Health Canada has more stringent security protocols for a Standard Cultivation licence. This includes an Organizational Security Plan (OSP), which contains but is not limited to a list of required SOPs, security awareness training plans, and a business plan. Physical security must also be demonstrated, which includes a site plan detailing physical barriers and site access control, and 24/7 visual and intruder monitoring. 


A Standard Cultivation facility requires significant capital investment due to the increased security requirements and facility size. Larger facilities also mean increases in operational expenses, such as wages, utilities, maintenance fees, inventory costs, and etc.  


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 licences.

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 Standard Cultivation 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 Standard Cultivation 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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