The Canadian cannabis industry is bringing in a lot of career opportunities to the market, turning it into the fastest growing industry in Canada right now. The rapid growth means that the number of job opportunities is growing and the field now requires a specialized skill set. From business to law, here are 8 university cannabis courses in Ontario to help you level up your skills.
1. Ryerson, CZEN 420: The Business of Cannabis
The Chang School offers a course—the first of its kind—on the business of cannabis. Entrepreneurs who want into this multi-billion dollar industry will feel right at home, building on Ryerson’s renowned entrepreneurship education. The business of cannabis course explores a range of topics including financing for cannabis businesses and the complexities around the cultivation, processing, distribution, marketing, and selling of cannabis. Students will build their business plan and take a site tour to one of the local licensed producers.
2. Loyalist College, Cannabis Applied Science (CSGS)
The legalization of cannabis has created a burgeoning cannabis job market, both within Canada and internationally and Loyalist College‘s certificate, in partnership with a British Columbia university Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU), is a direct reflection of that. Develop the in-depth skills needed to support cannabis product development, inform process optimization, and address natural product quality, consistency and safety within this emerging industry. Graduates are prepared to work in a range of roles in the evolving cannabis industry and natural product sector including, but not limited to: cannabis quality assurance manager, a lead processing technician, or formulation chemist.
3. University of Ottawa, Cannabis Law
Starting this year, the University of Ottawa law faculty will offer up two courses in the emerging field of cannabis law, making U of O the first Canadian university to do so.
“We felt this is one of the biggest changes that will impact Canadian society and law over the course of the [next] few decades,” Adam Dodek, the school’s dean, said in an interview with CBC.
The course is offered in English and French and will be taught by two lawyers who have been working on cannabis law; students will have the opportunity to tour a Canopy Growth facility during the year.
4. Boreal College, Financing a Cannabis Enterprise in Canada
Boreal College in Toronto offers a cannabis cultivation course to students. They also debuted their own cannabis production technician program this past Autumn.
5. George Brown, Cannabis Business Fundamentals.
George Brown’s Cannabis Business Fundamentals offers an overview of plant basics and their history in Canada, including the evolution of the legal framework for medical cannabis. The course, taught by Nick Pateras (VP of Business Growth @ Lift & Co), also covers the opportunities and challenges faced in both the medical and recreational markets as well as Canada’s role in the emerging global marketplace.
6. Niagara College, Commercial Cannabis Production
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(Bonus) AAPS, Cannabis – Management, Quality and Laboratory
It’s not a university course per se, but the Academy of Applied Pharmaceutical Sciences (AAPS) certificate program trains students on Cannabis Regulations, Growing, Laboratory and Sanitation Techniques. Concepts such as Quality Assurance, R&D and Business Management are also discussed.