Health Canada: Temporary COVID measures extended again for cannabis industry

| Staff

Health Canada has again extended their temporary COVID-19 measures, this time until March 31, 2022.

The newest extension, announced in an email to licence holders today, once again relates to the administration of the Cannabis Act and its regulations, providing more flexibility for licence holders and the regulator as they manage various COVID-19 related issues. 

The extension relates to a notice sent out last March, which was set to expire at the end of this September, with the exception of two specific provisions. As with the previous extensions, the regulator will be prioritizing requests that support licence holder operations, on a case-by-case basis. 

The first provision relates to licence amendments and renewals, which were originally extended to address the needs of current licence holders. The second was several transitional provisions for sections 73 and 75 to 80 of the Regulations Amending the Cannabis Regulations (New Classes of Cannabis) concerning requirements for packaging and labelling, microbial and chemical contaminant limits, and the removal of “cannabis oil” as a class of cannabis.

Both of these will not be extended past September 30. The rest, listed here, will be extended until March 31, 2022.