National cannabis survey

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Release date: April 18, 2018 Correction date: April 27, 2018

Correction Notice

On April 27th, 2018, the percentage of those who used dried flowers was corrected to 78% from 76%.

Infographic: National Cannabis Survey
Description: National Cannabis Survey

Statistics Canada is conducting the National Cannabis Survey (NCS), every three months throughout 2018. These data reflect the prevalence of use by Canadians, 15 and over in the past three months.

Use by province
Geographic region Percentage of CanadiansFootnote 1
National 14%
Newfoundland and Labrador 16%
Prince Edward Island 14%
Nova Scotia 20%
New Brunswick 14%
Quebec 10%
Ontario 14%
Manitoba 17%
Saskatchewan 15%
Alberta 17%
British Columbia 17%

Provincial rates are not statistically different than the national rate.

Footnote 1

Percentage of Canadians 15 years and older, who have consumed cannabis in the past three months.

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Top 3 cannabis products

  • Dried flower or leaf: 78%
  • Edibles: 28%
  • Hashish or Kief: 11%

Cannabis users with a valid driver's license who have driven within 2 hours of using cannabis: 14%

Will Canadians change their behaviour once cannabis is legalized?

  • Might try or increase consumption: 21%
  • Might try new products: 24%
  • Users may purchase from another source: 50%

Where do people get it?

  • Family member or friend: 31%
  • Shared around a group of friends: 22%
  • Acquaintance: 20%
  • Dispensary/storefront: 19%
  • Dealer: 19%
  • Online from a licensed producer: 14%

Please check out our Cannabis Stats Hub for more information.

Source: National Cannabis Survey, 2018

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