On November 15, we released the 2018 Fall Statement, a plan to make life more affordable for people and make Ontario open for business.

In this plan, we committed to putting Ontario consumers first and modernizing the rules for the sale and consumption of alcohol.

Our goal is to:

  • modernize the rules impacting the alcohol sector in Ontario
  • improve consumer choice and convenience
  • provide more opportunities for private sector businesses
  • ensure safe and healthy communities

This builds on our efforts to:

  • lower the minimum price to $1 for any beer with an alcohol volume under 5.6%
  • introduce legislation to stop the beer tax hike
  • allow authorized retailers to sell alcohol from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., seven days a week

About the consultation

We’re developing a plan to expand the sale of alcohol to corner stores, grocery stores and big-box stores based on demand.

To do this, we invited everyone to have their say on the rules for the retail and consumption of alcohol in Ontario.

This consultation was the first phase of this work, and will inform our plan to expand alcohol sales.

Your privacy matters

Please note that this is a public consultation. All feedback received and survey results are subject to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and will be considered public. The feedback and survey results may be used by the Ministry of Finance for consideration as part of the government’s plan for modernizing the rules for the retail and consumption of beverage alcohol.

This may involve disclosing some or all comments or materials, or summaries of them, to other interested parties during and after the consultation.

If for any reason you feel your feedback should not be shared with other parties, or if you have any questions about this consultation please contact the Ministry of Finance at 1-866-989-9002 or by email at