As of Tuesday May 9, the Ontario government has approved 76 new grocery stores to sell alcoholic beverages. The move will be affective as of June 30, ensuring Ontarians are able to get ready for Canada Day.
Up to 450 grocery stores across Ontario have been approved for the sales of beer and cider in tall cans or six-packs, so don’t expect to be walking out with a 24. 300 stores have also been approved for the sale of wine.
The LCBO is still able to sell six and 12- packs of beer, with The Beer Store maintaining rights to sell cases of 24.
Grocers will need to have specific shelf space for alcohol, and can only sell between the hours of 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. from Monday to Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Still, due to conditions of authorization, some stores may be subject to shorter hours.
All approved grocery stores must also guarantee that 20 percent of beer on display is produced by small brewers.
Both independent and large grocery stores have been selected by a bid held by the LCBO. Cashiers are required to obtain a Smart Serve certificate in order to sell alcohol, and all employees responsible for its stock must be at least 18 years of age.
Click here to find a participating grocery store near you.