Beer, wine and ready-to-drink cocktails coming to Ontario stores

Beer, wine and ready-to-drink cocktails will hit Ontario stores this fall, sources say, and The Beer Store will receive public funding.

Premier Doug Ford will hold a news conference at 10:30 a.m. Friday in Etobicoke to announce he is dramatically accelerating his effort to liberalize alcohol sales in Ontario.

Multiple sources tell 680 NewsRadio that fully licensed convenience stores, supermarkets and gas stations will be able to sell beer, wine and ready-to-drink cocktails starting this fall, much sooner than previously anticipated. 2026.

Sources also say The Beer Store will be paid an unspecified amount of taxpayer dollars to keep locations open, facilitate recycling and bottle returns, and further support the privately owned beer entity as it grows. Ontario switches to new alcohol sales model.

Sources indicate that it will announce that interested retailers will be able to apply for licenses starting in the coming weeks. Those granted licenses will be able to start selling the alcohol sometime this fall.

In a previous announcement on December 13, 2023, Ford said up to 8,500 new stores will be able to sell alcohol. However, they will have to comply with rules set by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGO), which says retailers can only sell alcohol between 7:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m.

Spirits will continue to be sold exclusively at the LCBO.

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