Last month, the Ontario Government included beer and wine in its 2018 Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review.
In the review, it announced it would be developing a plan to expand the sale of beer and wine to corner, grocery, and big-box stores, based on market demand.
And on Thursday, December 13, the Ford Government said it would be inviting the public to share their views on how alcohol is sold in the province.
“Our plan has been clear when it comes to expanding options for the sale and consumption of beverage alcohol in Ontario. Today, we are moving forward on the promise to improve customer convenience and choice and enable more opportunities for businesses,” said Vic Fedeli, Minister of Finance, in a statement.
In its plans, and information required for public input, the government is looking to allow new types of stores, including corner stores and big-box stores, and more grocery stores, to sell alcohol, and create more opportunities for private sector sellers and distributors.
As well, for those looking to make late-night booze runs are in luck, the provincial government announced the LCBO will be open from 9 am to 11 pm, seven days a week.
This move will allow the LCBO’s hours to align with the hours of private retail cannabis stores, which are set to open on April 1, 2019.
In addition to LCBO locations, The Beer Store and other authorized retailers such as grocery stores and agency stores are also allowed to stay open during the new extended hours.
Businesses and consumers over the legal drinking age of 19 are invited to share their views by visiting the province’s website and providing input no later than February 1, 2019.
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With files from Ainsley Smith.