TORONTO, ON – In a move that adds an interesting spin to the battle currently being waged by The Beer Store and the Ontario Convenience Stores Association over beer retailing in Ontario, a backbench Minister from the opposition Progressive Conservative Party has introduced a private member’s bill in the Ontario Legislature that would allow breweries in the province to transport, warehouse and sell beer from other breweries.
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 bill was carried through First Reading on Monday April 28th, but will need carry in two more readings, with committee hearings in-between, before it is passed into law.