Medical cannabis producers survey

Detailed information for 2016





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Statistics Canada is conducting a new survey to collect comprehensive business and economic information on medical cannabis producers. The federal government will use data from this survey to better understand this industry, its relationship with the rest of the Canadian economy and how it will adapt to any future changes in cannabis legalization.

Data release - Scheduled Early 2018


Data collected from this survey may be used by Statistics Canada to construct a "cannabis satellite account" which is essentially a set of statistical tables containing aggregates describing the structure of the medical cannabis "industry" and its supply and demand characteristics. The collected data will help the federal government to better understand the nature of Canada's medical cannabis industry, its relationship with the rest of the Canadian economy and how this industry is planning to adapt to any future cannabis legalization changes.

Reference period: The 12-month fiscal period for which the final day occurs on or between April 1st of the reference year and March 31st of the following year.

Collection period: Mid-October to end of January, 2018


  • Business performance and ownership
  • Economic accounts
  • Retail and wholesale

Data sources and methodology

Target population

The survey population will be a census of all licensed medical cannabis producers in Canada.

Instrument design

The survey questionnaire was designed by the Centre for Special Business Projects and the National Economics Accounts Division of Statistics Canada. It will collect information about the business structures of the medical cannabis producers, their recent economic activities and their investment plans.


This survey is a census with a cross-sectional design.

The survey population is all authorized licensed medical cannabis producers in Canada. Those producers have been selected from the Health Canada website and were matched to Statistics Canada's Business Register.

Data sources

Data collection for this reference period: 2017-10-17 to 2018-01-31

Responding to this survey is mandatory.

Data are collected directly from survey respondents.

The collection method is paper questionnaire.
The questionnaire is available in English and French.
The average time required to complete the questionnaire is 60 minutes.

View the Questionnaire(s) and reporting guide(s) .

Error detection

The metadata will be provided upon release.


The metadata will be provided upon release.


The metadata will be provided upon release.

Quality evaluation

The metadata will be provided upon release.

Disclosure control

Statistics Canada is prohibited by law from releasing any information it collects which could identify any person, business, or organization, unless consent has been given by the respondent or as permitted by the Statistics Act. Various confidentiality rules are applied to all data that are released or published to prevent the publication or disclosure of any information deemed confidential. If necessary, data are suppressed to prevent direct or residual disclosure of identifiable data.

Revisions and seasonal adjustment

This methodology type does not apply to this statistical program

Data accuracy

The metadata will be provided upon release.

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