I’m concerned about increased criminal activity at these stores/facilities. How is security being addressed?

Before the proposed facility can begin operations, the required licence from Health Canada must be obtained and submitted, as per Section A2.11.3 of Land Use Bylaw 2007/24/D (see below), which will also be a condition of a Development Permit when it is issued.

2.11.3: maintain the Federal license and any applicable Provincial authorization in good standing;

Security requirements for the building itself and operations must be met as part of the process for obtaining the Health Canada Cannabis Producer Licence. The Health Canada security requirements are quite extensive and while I don’t get into too much detail here, they deal with issues such as:

  • Barriers around the perimeter of the site that prevent unauthorized access;
  • Barriers to the actual building which may include reinforcing or closing off doors, windows and vents;
  • Access control for operations and storage areas, such as card/keypad access systems, padlocks and a record of individual entry/exit
  • On-site 24/7 automated security monitoring that includes an intrusion detection system for the perimeter of the property, grow areas and storage areas;
  • Security clearances for employees;
  • Employee security awareness/training;
  • Adequate record keeping and reporting;
  • Testing of the security monitoring system and implementation of a contingency plan in case the monitoring system fails

Health Canada : https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/drugs-medication/cannabis/industry-licensees-applicants/licensing-summary/guide.html#6

The Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis Commission will not issue a licence to an applicant who has not met the physical security requires for the premises.

To see the full list of requirements as set out by the AGLC, visit their website: