Last week, I reviewed the basics of liquor licensing.
Right around that time, the Ontario government announced changes to
the provincial liquor laws that will take effect June 1. Many
of these changes will be extremely relevant to franchised
businesses in Ontario that hold valid liquor licences. Those
Bars and restaurants will now be able to offer free drinks to
customers who are celebrating special occasions
Servers will be permitted to carry drinks on to sidewalks to
reach licensed areas of the premises
Festivals and events can designate larger areas beyond cramped
beer tents for customers to move around while holding alcoholic
Other changes to the liquor laws that have less of an impact on
traditional restaurants and bars (franchised or not) include:
Special events, including weddings and fundraisers, will be
able to serve alcohol until 2:00 a.m. — a one-hour
All-inclusive holiday packages, including alcohol, will be
permitted to be offered
These developments represent an effort by the Ontario government
to keep current with customer and business needs, demands and
expectations, and will be in place just in time for the start of
Ontario's patio season. The government underwent a six-week
consultation process and determined that the industry was strongly
in favour of a modernization of liquor laws. The provincial
government is also hopeful these changes to the law will result in
an increase to Ontario's tourism industry.
Of course, with modernization comes more stringent
enforcement. Failure to comply with the new provincial liquor
laws will result in bigger fines than were previously imposed.
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