Do you want more outlets to buy alcohol in Ontario? The “Raise a Glass to Ontario Act” backed by MPP Todd Smith may ease restrictions on the sale of homegrown brew, wines and cider.
On Thursday Todd Smith said, “Ontario wines are winning international awards but they’re having trouble getting wide distribution in Ontario restaurants and at the LCBO… We have Prince Edward County wines winning awards right around the globe but they’re almost impossible to get at a restaurant in London, Ontario.”
The Bill amends the Liquor Control Act to permit the following, whether or not the Liquor Control Board of Ontario authorizes, approves or consents:
1. A manufacturer of beer or cider may sell, in stores it owns and operates, its own beer or cider as well as that of other manufacturers of beer or cider.
2. A manufacturer of spirits or wine may sell, in stores it owns and operates, its own spirits or wine as well as that of other manufacturers of the same type of liquor.
3. A liquor manufacturer may transport and deliver for sale its own liquor, as well as that of other manufacturers, and may warehouse or store its own liquor in a warehouse that is separate from its manufacturing facility.
4. A designated manufacturers’ association may transport and deliver for sale and may warehouse any manufacturer’s liquor.
The “Raise a Glass to Ontario Act” (Bill 191) can be found: http://www.ontla.on.ca/web/bills/bills_detail.do?locale=en&BillID=2977