Technical Amendments to the Liquor Control Act, Regulation 717 (General)
O. Reg 117/10
Bill or Act:
Liquor Control Act
Summary of Decision:
O.Reg. 117/10, which amends Regulation 717 (General) made under the Liquor Control Act was filed on March 29, 2010.
Section 2.2 of Regulation 717, which requires the LCBO to set, and government stores to abide by, minimum prices for beer, is revoked effective April 12, 2010, when sections 8 and 9 of O.Reg. 116/10 (Minimum Pricing of Liquor and Other Pricing Matters) made under the Act comes into force.
Section 2.3 of Regulation 717, which sets out a process for beer manufacturers to change the price of their products, has been revoked. It has been replaced by sections 11 and 12 of O.Reg. 116/10 (Minimum Pricing of Liquor and Other Pricing Matters), which came into force on March 29, 2010. Subsection 11(3) of that regulation addresses beer prices changes on July 1, 2010, when the harmonized sales tax is implemented.
These changes consolidate into one regulation the regulatory rules relating to the pricing of liquor in government stores.
Subsection 19(3) of Regulation 717 is amended to remove reference to the provincial sales tax and reflect the current application of container deposits to all forms of liquor. This amendment will come into force on July 1, 2010, when the harmonized sales tax is implemented.
March 22, 2010
Summary of Proposal:
The proposed amendments would permit beer manufacturers to change their prices on Thursday, July 1, 2010 instead of on Monday, June 28, 2010. Reference to provincial sales tax would also be eliminated.
Ministry of Finance
Office of the Budget, Taxation and Pensions
Alcohol and Fees Policy Branch
95 Grosvenor St, 2nd floor
March 29, 2010