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OCS announces changes to improve the Farmgate Store framework

May 9, 2024  By The Ontario Cannabis Store

Toronto — Today, the Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS) announced improvements to the way it supports Licensed Producer-operated retail stores, commonly referred to as “Farmgate Stores.”

Under Ontario’s legal cannabis framework, federally Licensed Producers are eligible to operate a single Authorized Retail Store at a production facility located in Ontario. Today’s announcement is meant to create new opportunities for Farmgate Stores.

In late spring, the OCS will create pathways for Licensed Producers to offer cannabis products that are exclusive to Farmgate Stores, helping to position Farmgate as a distinct retail channel. The OCS will also introduce a new listing process for Farmgate operators, specifically designed to increase speed to market capabilities for exclusive products available for sale at participating Farmgate Stores.

These changes add value into the Farmgate framework and will help to create engaging destinations for consumers that elevate legal products above illegal alternatives.


The OCS is committed to building best-in-class wholesale capabilities and continuously working with key stakeholders to improve its processes. In the coming months, the OCS will engage Ontario-based Licensed Producers and Authorized Cannabis Stores to gather perspectives on the opportunities of this operating model and assess impact on the existing retail landscape.

When these processes are implemented, updated information will be made available on the OCS Farmgate page.

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