New Regulation Making Authority under the Liquor Licence and Control Act, 2019
Bill or Act:
Liquor Licence and Control Act, 2019 (LLCA)
Summary of Proposal:
The Ministry of the Attorney General proposes to amend the Liquor Licence and Control Act, 2019 (LLCA) to add a new regulation making authority to supplement paragraph 17 of subsection 78(1) of the LLCA.
The new regulation making authority would support government's ongoing efforts to remove regulatory burden and support viability for Ontario's hospitality sector in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
If approved, the new regulation making authority would give government the authority to establish regulations for liquor licensed establishments (e.g. bars and restaurants) to extend their outdoor licensed premises, subject to the approval of their municipal government.
Analysis of Regulatory Impact:
The proposed amendments are only to enable regulation-making authority. There would be no new benefits, costs, or other impacts because of the legislation itself.
The proposed amendments are not expected to result in new administrative or compliance costs to regulated entities.
The proposed legislative amendments to establish broad regulation-making authority related to physical extensions of licensed premises are required before the government can proceed with regulations to provide a permanent, flexible regime for licensed restaurants, bars, and other hospitality businesses to create or extend licensed outdoor patio spaces.
October 7, 2021
Comments Due Date:
November 21, 2021
Agency and Tribunal Relations Branch
Ministry of the Attorney General
720 Bay St., 3rd floor
Toronto, ON M5G 2J8