Toronto, Ontario – Starting today, 87 more grocery stores across Ontario can sell beer and cider, increasing convenience and choice for consumers.
Across the province, there are now over 350 grocery stores authorized to sell beer and cider, of which up to 70 can also sell wine.
Every additional location for sales creates new opportunities for small beer and cider producers, whose products must represent at least 20 per cent of the beer and 20 per cent of the cider on display in grocery stores.
Ontario maintains a strong commitment to social responsibility. By law, grocers selling beer, cider or wine must have designated sales areas and operate within standard hours of sale, abide by limitations on package size and alcohol content, and meet staffing and social responsibility training requirements.
Ontario’s plan to support care, create opportunity and make life more affordable during this period of rapid economic change includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25, and over 65, through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.
For a map and list of the authorized grocery stores that sell wine, beer or cider, visit ontario.ca/morechoice. Beer and cider may not be available today at every location. Authorized local grocery stores will have further details.