Charles Sousa Minister of Finance has said that “This is another step in getting beer and cider into 80 new grocery stores and helping to increase convenience and choice for shoppers across the province. We’re continuing to move forward on our commitment to make the biggest changes to alcohol retailing in 90 years – and we’re well on our way. Selling alcohol is a public trust, one that I know our current authorized grocers take very seriously. I encourage all grocers who are interested in taking on this responsibility to consider this opportunity for their business.”
Ontario is moving forward on its commitment to improve convenience and choice for people across the province by expanding sale of beer and cider to 80 more grocery stores.
Currently 130 grocery stores across Ontario are authorized to sell beer and cider, of which 70 stores can also sell wine. Starting today, grocers can bid for 80 additional authorizations to sell beer and cider.
This would bring the total to up to 210 grocery stores that would be authorized to sell beer and cider. Authorized grocery store locations will be announced in May, with sales expected to start this summer.
Ontario maintains a strong commitment to social responsibility. By law, grocers selling beer or wine must have designated sales areas and operate within standard hours of sale, abide by limitations on package size and alcohol content, and follow staffing and social responsibility training requirements.
Giving consumers more choice and convenience, while creating a more dynamic and competitive business environment for beer and cider producers, is part of the government’s plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.