Amendments to Regulations 719 and 720 under the Liquor Licence Act to Extend Hours of Alcohol Sale and Service for the "By the Glass" Licence and to Extend Offsite Warehousing for Wine Sale at Farmers' Markets.
Regulation - LGIC
Bill or Act:
Liquor Licence Act
Summary of Decision:
Both regulations come into effect on October 4, 2019.
Analysis of Regulatory Impact:
There are no new administrative costs to business.
Summary of Proposal:
Recent regulatory amendments have been implemented to improve consumer choice and convenience while providing additional opportunities to those involved in the sale, service and consumption of alcohol.
Regulation 719 - By the Glass
A manufacturer's "By the Glass" licence allows for the sale, service and consumption of alcohol at Ontario's manufacturing sites, such as wineries, breweries and distilleries, as a means of promoting the manufacturer's product and enhancing the visitor's experience. The previous hours of service under this licence were from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., seven days a week. The permissible hours of service have now been extended to midnight.
Allowing the licence holders to extend their hours of service is expected to generate revenue opportunities, provide increased choice for consumers, and provide manufacturers with more flexibility in promoting their products and enhancing the visitor's experience.
Regulation 720 - Wine Sales at Farmers' Markets
The amendment to Regulation 720 makes it easier for authorized Ontario wineries to sell their products at farmers' markets; it reduces regulatory burden and creates business opportunities for authorized Ontario wineries by allowing them to return to their winery with unsold product within a 72-hour period rather than the current 24-hour period.
Ministry of the Attorney General
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Toronto, ON M7A 2S9
October 4, 2019