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Changes to the Sale and Service of Alcohol

The Government of Ontario has proposed changes to the sale and service of alcohol in Ontario. The Ministry of the Attorney General is proposing an amendment to Regulation 719 (Licences to Sell Liquor) under the Liquor Licence Act (LLA) to allow licensed establishments in the post-security area of Ontario’s Airports of Entry to sell and serve alcohol 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The proposed regulation will be available on the Regulatory Registry starting November 1, 2019 to allow for public comments on the proposed change.

Specific to airports, an extension to the permissible hours of alcohol sale and service for licensees in airports is proposed to enhance consumer choice and convenience while providing additional opportunities for those involved in the sale, service, and consumption of alcohol in Ontario’s airports

Passengers will be permitted to purchase alcohol at any hour while onboard a plane, subject to some restrictions. Extending the permissible hours of alcohol sale and service at licensed establishments in airports would align these hours and bring consistency for travelers.

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