The government of Ontario is expanding sales of beverage alcohol to nearly 300 new retail outlets across Ontario - many opening this summer, Vic Fedeli, Minister of Finance, announced today. These stores will provide new economic opportunities for businesses across the province, while offering local craft brewers and wineries with greater reach and visibility.  

Ontario is allowing 87 more grocery stores across the province to sell wine, beer and cider, bringing the total number of grocery store authorizations to 450. New grocers will be able to start selling wine, beer and cider starting in September.

The Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) is also expanding its agency store program to approximately 200 new underserved communities, including Irondale and Ennismore, with up to 60 stores expected to open in August. Up to150 new locations are expected to open by December 2019, with additional stores opening in spring 2020. These new locations will now be called "LCBO Convenience Outlets" to help consumers easily identify local alcohol retailers in their community that offer a similar product assortment as LCBO stores.

PoliticsDeb Crossen