Ontario Will Chill Out With Some of its Liquor Laws Starting This Weekend

Good news just in time for Canada Day weekend: Ontario is set to relax some of its draconian liquor laws.

“Legislation and regulations always need to evolve in order to increase transparency, protect patients and workers, save time and money for business, and make life easier for people,” said Premier Kathleen Wynne in a statement.

Nothing like setting fire to LCBO’s HQ to kick off the long weekend. I started to think about what monumental amendments could be in store.

Save money for businesses by cutting back Ontario’s astronomical Beer and Wine Tax? Making life easier for people by not restricting liquor sales to one licensed retailer? Have we proven mature enough to have a beer at the park?

Not quite.

Customers touring a winery, brewery or distillery will be allowed to carry an open glass of liquor from one part of the facility to another.

That’s right, the province of Ontario is about to give you written permission to open a glass at a very specific place that you attend as frequently as you drink a Mike’s Hard Lemonade.

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How will such an insignificant reform spark the effects Wynne outlined in what is essentially Ontario’s version of the New Deal?

Wynne says the regulation changes will help the government deliver on its top priority to grow the economy and create jobs.

Just an ounce of specificity above “the right to serve homemade wine and beer from just weddings and religious events to any special family occasion at a hall or facility that requires a special occasion permit” – another one of the amendments.

If it matters, wine, beer and spirit producers also will be allowed to have a bar or restaurant at each of their licensed manufacturing sites, and they will no longer have to get their advertising approved by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission.