July 2020
Regulation Changes – Liquor Delivery and Service on Licenced Boats

2020-07-20 11:12:15 AM

On July 16th 2020, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario released two information bulletins on regulatory changes under the Liquor Licence Act (LLA).

To assist the hospitality and tourism sector, amendments were made to Regulation 719 of the Act which allows Licenced Boats to provide alcohol service while docked. Additionally, if permitted by the municipality where the boat is docked, operators may add a physical extension to their docked boat until January 1 2021, as long as they comply with physical distancing measures and other public health guidelines and if they meet certain criteria including:

  • Physical extension of the premises where the boar is attached to a dock and may include land adjacent to the dock;
  • Access to water surrounding the dock and any land adjacent to the doc is prevented by a physical barrier;
  • The licensee is able to demonstrate sufficient control over the physical extension of the premises;
  • The capacity of the temporarily extended premises does not exceed 1.11 square meters per person.
Additionally, amendments to Regulation 718 removes the provision that prohibits liquor delivery service licensees from using contractors for delivery, providing more delivery options for retailers including The Beer Store. Responsibility and accountability remains with the holder of the liquor delivery service licence.
However, any agreements entered into between liquor delivery services and manufacturers with retail stores applies only to purchases and delivery of liquor before July 1st 2021.

Some additional changes include:
  • Removing the requirement to obtain a signed receipt from the customer at the time of delivery (noted as a permanent change)
  • Delivery to any private place is permitted whereas previously delivery was permitted only to residential addresses (noted as a permanent change).
Further details are available in the Information Bulletin: Changes to Liquor Delivery and Information Bulletin: Licenced Boats


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