Ontario Announces Second Retail Cannabis Lottery

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario announced a second allocation process for an additional 50 retail cannabis store authorizations (RSAs) in Ontario. Of these RSAs, 42 will be granted through a second expression of interest lottery (Second Lottery) and eight have been allotted for First Nations reserves.

In addition to the standard acknowledgement and a $75 application fee, the following pre-qualification requirements have been added in the Second Lottery:

  • Letter of confirmation from a Schedule I or Schedule II bank, a credit union or a caisses populaire, which must confirm the applicant is in good standing and has the financial capacity necessary to obtain $250,000 in cash or cash equivalents.

  • Commitment to provide letter of credit to confirm the applicant has the financial capacity necessary to obtain a standby letter of credit in the amount of $50,000.

  • Secured location in the applicable region which may not be located less than 150 metres from a public or private school.

Application materials must be submitted between 12:01 a.m. EDT on August 7, 2019 and 8 p.m. EDT on August 9, 2019.

The Second Lottery draw will be held on August 20, 2019.

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