Ontario sets new minimum price for spirits sold with food takeout and delivery

Last week, in its continued response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Government of Ontario announced an adjustment to the minimum price of spirits sold with food takeout and delivery orders.

Effective May 5, and announced via the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario’s (AGCO) blog, the amendment to Regulation 719 of the Liquor Licence Act (LLA) reduces the minimum price of spirits sold with food takeout and delivery by 33 per cent and affects products with an alcohol content greater than 14.8 per cent.

The Commission notes that the pricing will be in place until the temporary ability for bars and food establishments to sell alcohol with their delivery and takeout orders ends on January 1, 2021. According to the AGCO, if the state of emergency is lifted prior to the end of 2020, in-house alcohol sales will follow existing guidelines.

The minimum price, applicable only to takeout and delivery orders, has dropped from $2.00 per 29 ml serving to $1.34 per 29 ml serving. For sealed, unopened bottles of spirits, the minimum price for in-house service at a Liquor Licensed Establishment remains $25.86 for 375 ml and $51.72 for 750 ml; for takeout and delivery from Liquor Licensed Establishments, the minimum price is $17.32 for 375 ml and $34.65 for 750 ml, until December 31, 2020.

For more information, visit the AGCO’s blog.

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