Ontario Government Planning Several Changes to Alcohol Legislation

TORONTO, ON – The Ontario Government has announced the introduction of a new omnibus bill that includes several proposed changes to alcohol legislation in the province.

The Better for People, Smarter for Business Act, 2019 features “over 80 proposed actions to eliminate unnecessary or outdated rules and streamline regulations that need updating,” according to a government news release. Three of these are changes to rules around the sale and consumption of alcohol, including the following:

  • Allowing bars and restaurants at airports to serve alcohol 24 hours a day, an expansion from the current hours of 9:00 AM to 2:00 AM.
  • Dropping exemption limits on the amount of beer and other beverage alcohol that individuals can bring into Ontario from other provinces for personal consumption.
  • Permitting dogs on bar and restaurant patios, as well as in brewery taprooms where low-risk and pre-packaged food is served.

For more details, see the full list of proposed changes on the Ontario Government website.

Source: Ontario Government news release

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