It’s official. Doug Ford and the PC Government have begun their plan to bring alcohol to convenience stores all across Ontario. This is in spite of the warnings against it from industry sources and experts.
Legislation was passed at Queen’s Park to cancel the Ontario Government’s existing 10-year contract with the Beer Store. This move will let corner stores sell beer but at the same time cost the province up to $1 billion in legal penalties.
“By opening up more alcohol retail outlets across the province, we are not only making life easier for people, we are enabling growth and job creation in the province’s booming beer and wine industry,” says Ontario Minister Vic Fedeli. “Our government’s Open for Business, Open for Jobs approach is about promoting competition, and establishing fairness for everyone, from our small craft brewers, cider and wine producers, to the large beer producers.”
The bill has received Royal Assent this Thursday afternoon but will not yet become law until the government announces it. With the government on vacation from now until October of this year, there won’t be beer available in any corner stores just yet.
Fedeli goes on to say that the first step to making this possible is by authorizing “nearly 300 additional stores to sell alcohol” all over Ontario. This will include not only corner stores but big box stores and 87 more grocery stores.