Friday, May 27, 2011

Ontario Modernizes Liquor Laws

Toronto, ON

McGuinty Government Removes Unnecessary Restrictions On Ontarians

On June 1, Ontario will have updated alcohol laws to better serve Ontarians.

The changes eliminate unnecessary barriers for special events, festivals and licensed establishments. This will provide Ontarians with a more enjoyable experience, and improve tourism and local economies.

The changes allow the following:

  • Festivals and events can define an area larger than beer tents where people can walk around freely with drinks. Local communities are free to customize the events to their needs.
  • Restaurant and bar servers can carry drinks on public sidewalks to licensed areas such as patios.
  • Special events such as weddings or charity fundraisers can serve alcohol for an extra hour until 2 a.m.
  • All-inclusive vacation packages can now be sold in Ontario.
  • Business owners can give a complimentary drink to customers to celebrate a special occasion like an anniversary.

The province is also strengthening enforcement by adding additional monetary penalties against those who violate Ontario's liquor laws.

Modernizing the province's liquor laws supports Ontario's Open Ontario Plan to strengthen our economy and create new opportunities for jobs.

"These changes will provide additional flexibility, while strengthening enforcement."

– Chris Bentley
Attorney General


"Festivals and events are powerful economic drivers - they draw tourists to our communities, create jobs and stimulate local economies. We are making it easier for festival and event organizers, restaurants and bars to attract more people and create more jobs while providing an enjoyable experience for Ontarians."

– Michael Chan
Minister of Tourism and Culture

1 comments:

It was just announced today that Ontario is updating alcohol laws. This means all those unnecessary barriers for events and festivals are eliminated so we can enjoy our summer weather even more! This will improve tourism and local economies.
- Festivals don't need beer tents anymore, people can walk around freely through the event
- Restaurants and bar servers can take drinks on public sidewalks to patios
- Events such as fundraisers and weddings can serve alcohol for an extra hour until 2am
- All-inclusive vacation packages can now be sold in Ontario
- Business owners can give a complimentary drink to customers when celebrating a special occasion like an anniversary

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