When the Cannabis Act came into effect on October 17, 2018, it changed the way licensed producers* submitted applications. One of the changes was the launch of Health Canada’s Cannabis Tracking and Licensing System (CTLS). This centralized, public-facing, and secure web portal streamlines the process. This is also where LPs can submit their monthly tracking reports. Cannabis licence applicants must first request access to the CTLS system before an application can be made.

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According to Health Canada: “Health Canada has established a national cannabis tracking system, referred to as the Cannabis Tracking and Licensing System (CTLS), to enable the tracking of high-level movements of cannabis and to help prevent diversion from and inversion into the regulated supply chain.”

Cannabis Tracking and Licensing System (CTLS) - Health Canada's secure web portal.

Applicants must sign up to the CTLS system by first requesting access to the system. There are three main steps:

  1. Access the CTLS though a GCKey or a Service Partner (who provides sign-in partner credentials)
  2. Request an Access Code to the system
  3. Redeem the Access Code, which Health Canada will send by email

According to Health Canada, a GCKey “is a unique, anonymous credential that protects communications with online government programs and services”.

For more information, please visit the Cannabis Tracking and Licensing System Getting Started Guide.

*Health Canada now uses the term “licence holder” in place of “licensed producer”. However, many within the industry including LPC continue to use the term “licensed producer”. It refers to any company that is licensed by Health Canada under the Cannabis Act.