Proposed regulations under the Liquor Licence and Control Act, 2019
Regulation - LGIC
Bill or Act:
Liquor Licence and Control Act, 2019
Summary of Proposal:
In December 2019, legislation was passed to modernize the legal framework for the sale, service and delivery of beverage alcohol. Ontario's liquor legislation has not been comprehensively updated in over 40 years.
The new legal framework for alcohol includes five new statutes: the Liquor Licence and Control Act, 2019, the Liquor Control Board of Ontario Act, 2019, the Liquor Tax Act, 1996, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario Act, 2019, and the Liquor Sales Agreements Act.
The new legal framework will make it easier for businesses and consumers to understand the rules, separate the LCBO's operational function from the AGCO's regulatory function, reduce red tape, and increase flexibility for businesses to reflect the changing landscape of beverage alcohol.
This posting focuses on regulations to support one of the statutes under the new framework, the Liquor Licence and Control Act, 2019.
The government welcomes your input on the proposed regulations, the consultation questions and any additional comments or suggestions you may have. Please provide examples or evidence to support your feedback where possible.
Please download the consultation paper and submit your written responses in the spaces provided, and email it to email@example.com with "LLCA Regulations Consultation - Feedback" as the subject line. You may submit your responses until July 19, 2021.
Analysis of Regulatory Impact:
The modernized legal framework will make it easier for businesses and consumers to understand the rules, separate the LCBO's operational function from the AGCO's regulatory function, reduce red tape, and increase flexibility for businesses to reflect the changing landscape of beverage alcohol. The new legal framework will reduce regulatory burden on business by:
• Making it easier to comply: modernizing regulations will make it easier for businesses to understand and comply with the rules and will provide more flexibility for businesses.
• Improve transparency: clarifying who is responsible for different aspects of liquor regulation will help businesses navigate the rules.
• Create a more level playing field: harmonizing the rules, enforcement powers and appeal rights will create a fair, defensible system.
Some businesses would have new administrative costs, which are expected to be offset significantly by:
• the removal of existing administrative costs
• the removal of regulatory provisions to reduce burden and reflect current practices, and
• providing more opportunities for businesses in the beverage alcohol sector.
June 18, 2021
Comments Due Date:
July 19, 2021
Government Business Enterprise Division
Ministry of Finance
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Toronto ON M5G 2J5