CannExpo Announces Ten Access Grants Sponsored by the Ontario Cannabis Store for Expo 2023

Access grants encourage attendance and participation from Black, Indigenous, and members of Retailers of Color and Licensed Producers

TORONTO, ON, Nov. 10, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — CannExpo, Canada’s largest cannabis consumer show, is thrilled to announce the launch of 10 Access Grants, sponsored by the Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS ). These grants are intended to increase the attendance and participation of Black, Indigenous, and Retailers of Color and Licensed Producers at CannExpo by providing successful applicants with free in-kind registration and a 10×10 booth. The selection will take place using a random selection process, so all eligible applicants will have an equal chance of being selected. Eligibility criteria and application form are available here. The deadline to apply is November 20, 2022 at 11:59 p.m.

“OCS is delighted to participate in CannExpo 2023 as a sponsor of 10 Access Grants. To enable a vibrant market, we must actively increase the participation of Black, Indigenous and Color Retailers and Licensed Producers so that the industry truly reflects the diversity of our province,” said David Lobo, President and Chief leadership of the SCO.

CannExpo invites applications from authorized Ontario retailers and federally authorized SQs that are at least 51% owned and operated by a person who identifies as Black, Indigenous or a person of color, and who may otherwise not be able to participate due to cost or other barriers.

“Cannabis has been legal in Canada for four years now and there is still so much stigma associated with its use,” said Kathryn Reilly, CEO of CannExpo. “Through education, expos and networking events, we aim to normalize cannabis through a high-end, fun show for consumers, budtenders and retailers.”

Information on how to apply is available on the CannExpo website:

The Ontario Cannabis Store will also be there to promote evidence-based education and their new evidence-based education center for Ontarians, Cannabis Made Clear. Cannabis Made Clear provides unbiased, non-judgmental education on a range of key cannabis topics, including responsible use, health effects, the value of buying legal cannabis, and how to have those conversations. important with young people. Attendees will be encouraged to learn more during the event.

It can be difficult to assess who is most in need or most deserving of an in-kind grant, and CannExpo wants to ensure that all applicants have an equal chance of being selected, regardless of CannExpo’s or their partners with various suppliers. They believe this random selection process is the best approach for applicants and can help begin to address the need for more diverse representation at cannabis-related events.


CannExpo welcomes consumers, industry professionals, retail store owners, budtenders and newcomers to the cannabis space. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about exciting new products, services and technologies. Showcase your products, services, innovations and industry knowledge to your target audience. CannExpo Toronto will offer three full days of direct access to consumers and the retail market. At CannExpo you can interact with existing and new customers, get immediate feedback, make sales, build brand awareness, drive traffic to your business or retail store, introduce new products and/or services to a engaged audience and gain online promotion on and social media.


The Ontario Cannabis Store is a Crown agency owned exclusively by the Province of Ontario and under the Ministry of Finance. The OCS provides safe and responsible access to legal recreational cannabis for adults 19 and older. They are Ontario’s sole wholesaler for nearly 1,600 licensed cannabis stores. OCS also operates, the province’s online cannabis retailer that delivers to consumers across Ontario. OCS ensures that customers receive legal and clearly labeled cannabis products by working closely with Licensed Producers authorized by Health Canada. As a champion of a socially responsible industry, OCS offers consumers and the public the opportunity to learn more about cannabis and responsible use through its expert-led educational portal Cannabis Made Clear. For more information, please visit Cannabis Made Clear.

CONTACT: Fallon Streef CannExpo 1-877-681-5541 [email protected]

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