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The target for achieving this standard is set at 85%.

Health Canada posts service standards and performance information for services with over 100 regulatory authorizations, such as permits or licences, issued each year (high-volume regulatory transactions).

A permit is required for each individual shipment of industrial hemp and each permit application is assessed on a case-by-case basis. It is prohibited for industrial hemp licence holders to import or export whole plant parts, as this activity would have to be carried out by a licence holder under the Cannabis Regulations.

Performance result in fiscal year 2019 to 2020:

The Cannabis Act and its regulations govern the applications for licences and permits. Licence holders under the Industrial Hemp Regulations may import or export seed or grain of industrial hemp if authorized for the relevant activity on their licence. The necessary information to be submitted by a licence holder to apply for an import or export permit is detailed under sections 9 and 13 of the Industrial Hemp Regulations respectively.

Application forms for permits are found on the Health Canada website:

In 2019-2020, 87% of import and export permits of industrial hemp were issued within the 30 business day service standard.

Disclaimer: Information on this webpage is provided for illustrative purposes only. The Cannabis Act and its Regulations should be relied upon for specific requirements, including if there are discrepancies between this page and the Cannabis Act and its Regulations.

As of September 2020, approximately 377,000 Canadians were registered to purchase cannabis from a medical seller, and another 43,000 were registered with Heath Canada to cultivate their own medical cannabis or have a designated grower do so on their behalf.

That being said, limited exports of medical cannabis have been reported to a variety of countries in Europe and elsewhere. In the quarter ending March 31, 2019, 179kg of dried cannabis and 81.25L of cannabis oil were exported from Canada (for medical or scientific purposes). Imports were nil.

The licensed cultivation of approved hemp cultivars is addressed in the Industrial Hemp Regulations, which are regulations to the Cannabis Act. “Industrial hemp” is defined as cannabis plant, or any part of that plant, in which the concentration of THC is 0.3% w/w or less in the flowering heads and leaves. Hemp farmers can freely sell hemp stalk and seed for use in the manufacture of a variety of products. However, flowering heads, leaves and branches may only be sold to a federally licensed cannabis processor and these parts of the plant are then treated as “cannabis”.

• Canada’s obligations under international treaties;