Proposed Extension of Hours of Alcohol Sale and Service in Licensed Establishments in Certain Airports in Ontario.
Regulation - LGIC
Bill or Act:
Liquor Licence Act
Summary of Proposal:
In Fall 2018, the government committed to review the framework governing the retail sale, service and consumption of beverage alcohol in Ontario. This ongoing review is being conducted with a view to modernize provincial rules and provide enhanced opportunities for Ontario consumers and businesses.
Since then, the government has made several legislative and regulatory amendments designed to improve consumer choice and enable opportunities for businesses. The government will continue to review and consider potential changes to the rules pertaining to the sale, service and consumption of alcohol for additional modernization opportunities.
To continue to demonstrate the province's commitment to this review, it is proposed that Regulation 719 under the Liquor Licence Act (LLA) be amended to extend the permissible hours of alcohol sale and service in licensed establishments in the post-security area of certain airports in Ontario to allow alcohol to be sold and served 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Airports included in this proposal are as follows:
1. Toronto Island Airport (Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport)
2. John C. Munro Hamilton International
3. Toronto Pearson International Airport
4. London International Airport
5. Ottawa International Airport
6. Windsor International Airport
7. Region of Waterloo International Airport
8. Thunder Bay International Airport
9. Kingston/Norman Rogers Airport
10. Lake Simcoe Regional Airport
11. Oshawa Municipal Airport
12. Sarnia Chris Hadfield Airport
13. Sault Ste. Marie Airport
14. Brantford Airport
15. Collingwood Regional Airport
16. Cornwall Regional Airport
17. Fort Frances Airport
18. Gananoque Airport
19. Goderich Airport
20. Gore Bay Airport
21. Guelph Airport (Air Park)
22. Kenora Airport
23. Manitoulin East Municipal Airport (Manitowaning)
24. Muskoka Airport
25. Niagara District Airport
26. North Bay Jack Garland Airport
27. Orillia/Lake St. John
28. Owen Sound Billy Bishop Regional Airport
29. Pelee Island Airport
30. Peterborough Airport
31. Saugeen Municipal Airport
32. St. Thomas Municipal Airport
33. Stratford Municipal Airport
34. Sudbury Airport
35. Toronto/Buttonville Municipal Airport
36. Wiarton (Keppel) Airport
37. Wingham Municipal Airport.
Licensed establishments located in the post-security areas of these airports would be able to decide their own hours within the permitted time range.
Analysis of Regulatory Impact:
The current hours of alcohol sale and service for licensed establishments, including those located in airport terminals, are from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m., seven days a week.
The proposed regulatory amendment would extend the permissible sale and service hours of alcohol in licensed establishments in the post-security areas of certain airports in Ontario would improve consumer choice and convenience, while providing additional opportunities to those involved in the sale, service and consumption of alcohol. The amendment would also seek to enhance the Ontario tourism experience by providing greater flexibility, consumer choice and convenience for travelers. In addition, this change would bring Ontario in line with the current rules surrounding the sale and service of liquor elsewhere in Canada, and align with a recommendation from the Ontario Chamber of Commerce to remove serving hour restrictions in airports as a means of refreshing the sale of beverage alcohol in Ontario.
There is expected to be no administrative cost to business, government or the public as a result of this proposal.
October 28, 2019
Comments Due Date:
November 29, 2019
Ministry of the Attorney General
Agency and Tribunal Relations Branch
720 Bay Street, 3rd Floor
Toronto, ON M7A 2S9