Yukon Liquor Corporation

Yukon Liquor Corporation

Cannabis licensing

Corporate services

Application FAQ

Who can apply for a licence?

  • The Cannabis Control and Regulation Act contains eligibility criteria for sole proprietor, partnerships and corporations. For more information on eligibility please refer to section 26(3) of the Act.

What types of licences are available?

  • There are two types of standard retail licences available for businesses interested in the sale of cannabis: sub-class 1 and sub-class 2. Sub-class 1 is a ‘store-within-store’ model and the sub-class 2 is a ‘stand-alone store’ model.

Why are there two types of licences? 

  • The two sub-classes of licences allow for flexibility in communities where there might be a shortage of available retail space and a ‘store-within-a-store’ would be a better option than constructing an additional retail building.

Will there be a limited number of licences? 

  • There is no fixed cap on the number of licences available under the Cannabis Control and Regulation Act. 
  • The board will consider many factors including the number and types of licences for any given area and the population of the area in which a proposed premises would be located.

Will other licences—such as e-commerce, edibles consumption venue or festivals—be available in the future? 

  • The Cannabis Control and Regulation Act allows for other classes of licences to be established in the future.
  • Right now, regulations for standard retail licences are in place; regulations for other classes may be developed in the future.

Are the fee schedules the same for Whitehorse AND the communities? 

  • Application, annual licence and renewal fees are set in regulation and are the same regardless of location.

Why is the cannabis licence fee so different compared to liquor licence fees? 

  • The fees for a cannabis retail licence are set in regulation and help to cover the cost associated with reviewing and processing applications as well as the enforcement of licences. 
  • Reviewing the application includes ensuring applicants meet all the conditions outlined in the application, which are based on territorial legislation. 
  • The Yukon Liquor Corporation is responsible to pay for advertisements for the public notification period, which is a cost borne directly by the applicant under the Liquor Act. 
  • Currently the Liquor Act including fees and fines is under review.

How long can an applicant expect to wait to find out whether an application has been granted or refused? 

  • An applicant is encouraged to work with the Yukon Liquor Corporation to ensure that their application contains all the requirements of the application package upon submission. 
  • The process for a complete application, that does not receive any objections during the public notification period and does not have additional conditions applied to it from the Cannabis Licensing Board, may take approximately 8 to 12 weeks. Additional time will be required for complex applications, ones which require a hearing or have additional conditions applied by the Cannabis Licensing Board. 
  • The total length of time for an application will depend upon the particulars of the application.

Why will it take so long to process applications? 

  • The approximate time to complete process depends on the quality, completeness and complexity of the application. 
  • The Cannabis Control and Regulations Act and its regulations set out a process whereby: 
    Once the application is submitted, depending on the complexity, the corporation will review the application as quickly as possible. The timelines will depend upon the completeness of the application as well as its complexity.
  • If the president determines the application is incomplete, the president will request additional information from the applicant. 
  • Once ‘deemed complete’ the corporation is required to notify the public and provide an opportunity for public comment. The public notification period is four weeks. 
  • Once the four-week period concludes, the corporation will provide the application package and all comments received to the Cannabis Licensing Board. The chair of the Cannabis Licensing Board will call a meeting of the board to consider the matter. 
  • If there are objections from the public, then the board must hold a hearing.

Does an established business have a better chance at getting a licence? 

  • All applicants must meet the requirements set out in the Cannabis Control and Regulation Act and regulations. 
  • The Cannabis Licensing Board has sole authority to determine whether a licence may or may not be granted.
  • When can we expect the wholesale cannabis pricing policy?
  • The Yukon Liquor Corporation is in the process of finalizing its wholesale cannabis pricing policy, which will be released in the near future. 
  • It is a policy that establishes the price at which cannabis will be sold to Yukon retail licensees by the distributor corporation. 
  • Given the current climate of uncertainly with supply and demand of cannabis, the numbers in this initial wholesale pricing policy represent a starting point. 
  • Pricing will be refined as the new cannabis market stabilizes. We are committed to reviewing prices to ensure we are meeting our objectives and goals for legalized non-medical cannabis. 
  • The wholesale cannabis pricing policy is intended to support economic activity while being competitive with the illicit market.

Why is supply and demand uncertain? 

  • There is a shortage of product across the country.

What will happen to the current Cannabis Yukon retail store? 

  • The Yukon Liquor Corporation does not plan to compete with private industry, and will transition out of the physical retail store by end of 2019, provided private retailers are established. 
  • Once the private cannabis retail market is established, the Yukon Liquor Corporation will focus on cannabis wholesale, e-commerce retail as well as regulatory compliance and enforcement.