Province Cutting Alcohol Licensing Fees for Independent Grocers

Toronto, Ontario – Ontario is supporting small, independent grocers by reducing the regulatory fee required to sell beer, cider and wine by $2,000 per year, representing a 66 per cent savings for qualified businesses.

Jeff Leal, Minister Responsible for Small Business, and Brad Duguid, Minister of Economic Development and Growth, were at Galleria Supermarket in Toronto today to make the announcement.

“We want to ensure Ontario’s economic climate continues to thrive and grow. We are doing that with our plan to reduce barriers and unnecessary fees. That’s why we are working towards a transformational shift in the way we approach regulations. We are committed to reducing red tape – action that will help create jobs and build a competitive business environment” Brad Duguid Minister of Economic Development and Growth.

This is a first step in Ontario’s plan to reduce fees and other costs for small- and medium-sized businesses.

These proposed changes would support Ontario’s five-year, $650-million Business Growth Initiative that is helping to grow the economy and create jobs by promoting an innovation-based economy, helping small companies scale-up and modernizing regulations for businesses.

Supporting small businesses is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

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