By Kevin Flynn
Wednesday, December 16, 2015 9:00 am ·  0 Comments
The government is delivering on its promise to allow beer sales in grocery stores by announcing the first 58 locations across the province where Ontarians will be able to buy beer.
By offering more convenience and more choice, Ontario is making it easier for Oakville residents who want greater access to their favourite beers through their local grocery store. This is great news for beer consumers in Oakville and supporters of craft breweries, especially as we head into the busy holiday season. Now and throughout the year, we remind everyone to always drink responsibly.
“This is welcome news for us at Trafalgar Brewery. We’re very excited to see our beer on grocery store shelves – not only within our community but in other markets as well. I’ve known MPP Kevin Flynn for more than 20 years and have appreciated his tireless advocacy on behalf of craft brewers in Ontario,” stated Mike Arnold, Owner of Trafalgar Brewery.
Premier Kathleen Wynne and Minister of Finance Charles Sousa announced the 13 independent grocery stores and 45 stores owned by large grocers that are now authorized to sell beer. This is the first round of Ontario’s commitment to make it more convenient for people to buy beer. Ultimately, beer will be available at up to 450 grocery stores province-wide — roughly the same number of locations The Beer Store currently operates in Ontario. Beer in grocery stores is part of the biggest shakeup to beverage alcohol retailing in the province since prohibition was ended in 1927.
Ontario is expanding access responsibly. The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario, which visited all 58 locations as part of the authorization process, will now monitor them to ensure that they adhere to laws on the safe retail of alcohol. These include designated sales areas and hours of sale, limitations to package sizes and alcohol content by volume, and rigorous social responsibility training for staff.
Giving consumers more choice and convenience while creating a more level playing field for brewers is part of the government’s plan to build Ontario up. The four-part plan includes investing in people’s talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario’s history, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives and building a secure retirement savings plan.
The three grocery stores in Oakville who will be selling beer are
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