Ontario temporarily slashes alcohol prices for restaurants offering delivery

May 6 2020, 1:56 pm

The Province of Ontario has lowered the price of several types of alcohol for restaurants offering delivery and takeout, effective immediately.

In order to support those working in the hospitality sector and businesses that have been impacted by the significant changes of late, the price for whiskey, gin, rum and other spirits is temporarily reduced from the licensee minimum price of $2.00 to $1.34 per 29 mL.

The goal of the decision is to further aid restaurants, bars, and other establishments that cannot serve patrons in-house during the current state of emergency.

This measure will be in place temporarily, and will be revoked on January 1, 2021, which is in line with the duration of the temporary ability for bars and restaurants to sell alcohol with food for takeout and delivery — that offering ends on December 31 of this year.

With the minimum price having been reduced from $2.00 to $1.34 per 29 mL, the following chart provides examples of the existing and new minimum prices for common sizes of sealed, unopened bottles of spirits:


The province is also working to support those who produce cider. The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario has temporarily removed the requirement for cideries to have five acres of planted fruit in order to qualify for an on-site store.

This change will allow all licensed manufacturers of cider to sell their products on-site or deliver directly to consumers across Ontario.

“The AGCO continues to work closely with the Government of Ontario during the state of emergency to support Ontarians and the sectors we regulate,” Jean Major, registrar and CEO at the AGCO,  said in a release.

“The reduced minimum prices for bottles of spirits sold by licensed establishments, and the rule change for cidery retail are additional ways to support the hospitality sector as it deals with the effects of COVID-19.”

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