National Cannabis Survey, 4th quarter 2018

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Release date: February 7, 2019
National Cannabis Survey, 4th quarter 2018
National Cannabis Survey, 4th quarter 2018

National Cannabis Survey, 4th quarter 2018

Statistics Canada is conducting the National Cannabis Survey, every three months throughout 2018 and into 2019. These data are about Canadians, 15 and older, and re­flect their cannabis use and related behaviours in the past three months.

Cannabis use by province – 4th quarter, 2018
Geography Percentage of Canadians 15 years and older who have consumed cannabis in the past three months
National 15%
Yukon Data not available
Northwest Territories Data not available
Nunavut Data not available
British Columbia 15%
Alberta 16%
Saskatchewan 16%
Manitoba 15%
Ontario 15%
Quebec 14%
New Brunswick 19%
Nova Scotia 22%
Prince Edward Island 18%
Newfoundland and Labrador 19%
Frequency of cannabis use by Canadians in the past 3 months
Frequency Percentage
Former – One time 9%
Former – More than one time 22%
Current – Once or Twice 5%
Current – Monthly 1%
Current – Weekly 4%
Current – Daily or almost daily 5%
Never 55%
Leading purchasing considerations by cannabis users when selecting a source
Consideration Percentage
Quality and safety (e.g. free from mold) 76%
Lowest price 38%
Accessible when I want (e.g. open evenings or weekends) 33%
Location (e.g. close to home) 28%
Sell preferred THC or CBD potencies or formulationsFootnote 1 28%
Footnote 1

Definition: delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD)

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Non-medical and medical

  • 1 in 2 cannabis users used cannabis for non-medical reasons only
  • 1 in 4 cannabis users used cannabis for medical reasons only (with or without a medical document)
  • 3 in 10 cannabis users used for both medical and non-medical reasons
Non-medical users more likely to choose smoking as method for using cannabis than medical users
  Smoked Vaped or consumed in food or drink Other
Non-medical 83% 16% n/a
Medical with a medical document 37% n/a 43%
Medical without a medical document 58% 14% 19%
Both medical and non-medical 73% 25% n/a
Due to data suppression, some bars do not add to 100%.

For more information, please check out the Daily article: National Cannabis Survey, fourth quarter 2018

Also visit: Cannabis in Canada. Get the facts.

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