Ford government officially expands airport alcohol sales to 24-hours a day

Dec 12 2019, 9:09 am

Ontario’s provincial government has officially expanded airport alcohol sales to 24-hours a day, up from the previous 9 am to 2 am allowance.

When Ontario’s legislature went back into session at Queen’s Park in October after a nearly five-month summer break, airport alcohol sales were on the docket.

The changes proposed the allowance of licensed bars and restaurants in certain commercial airports to serve alcohol to customers 24 hours a day, permitted they are located after airport security.

Now, the all-day-all-night offering is officially in action, according to Toronto’s Pearson Airport.

The airport shared the news on Thursday morning, noting that the result of the change will be greater choice and flexibility for passengers.

Up until today, according to Better for People, Smarter for Business Act, licensed establishments in Ontario airports have been allowed to sell and serve alcohol between the aforementioned hours only.

This change, the document says, aligns Ontario with the current rules surrounding the sale and service of liquor elsewhere in Canada, and around the world.

Also listed in the Act is the consideration of removing interprovincial personal exemption limits on alcoholic beverages. The document states that removing personal exemption limits on the amount of beer, wine and spirits that an individual can bring into Ontario from another province or territory, for personal use, allows alcoholic beverages to move more freely throughout the country.

“The government is committed to working with all provinces and territories to remove unnecessary barriers and promote job creation and economic growth by removing barriers to trade, in a way that works for everyone and doesn’t disadvantage our local Ontario producers and retailers,” the act reads.

In addition to the alcohol-focused propositions, the document proposes an ease to the restrictions on having dogs in outdoor eating areas, like patios, and in indoor breweries indoors.

The reason behind this suggested change is that, according to the Act, those are places where only “low-risk food” like beverages and shelf-stable or pre-packaged and ready-to-eat foods are served.