RICHMOND HILL – York Region MPPs Reza Moridi, Michael Chan, Steven Del Duca, Dr. Helena Jaczek and Chris Ballard are pleased to announce that Ontario is increasing choice and convenience for consumers and supporting wine producers by making wine available on the shelves of up to 300 independent and large grocery stores. Following the historic introduction of beer in grocery stores last December, 70 grocery stores across Ontario will be able to start selling wine, beer and cider this fall.
Premier Kathleen Wynne made the announcement yesterday as the government accepted the final recommendations from the Premier’s Advisory Council on Government Assets, chaired by Ed Clark. These recommendations conclude the council’s review of the beverage alcohol sector.
Other key aspects of the recommendations include:
Imported and domestic wines will be sold at up to 150 grocery stores. As well, up to 150 existing winery retail stores that are currently just outside a grocery store checkout will be permitted to operate their store inside that grocery store, with a shared checkout, and broaden their assortment to sell the wines of any Ontario producer. Ultimately, up to 300 grocery stores will sell beer, cider and wine.
Ontario is expanding access responsibly. As with beer, restrictions will apply to ensure safe and responsible retailing in grocery stores, including restricted hours of sale and rigorous training for staff. Ontario is also developing a comprehensive, province-wide alcohol policy to support the safe and responsible consumption of alcohol.
Giving consumers more choice and convenience while creating a more dynamic and competitive business environment for wine producers is part of the government's plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan is investing in people’s talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history, creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives and building a secure retirement savings plan.
“In order to boost consumer convenience and choice, wine will be sold alongside beer in grocery stores for the first time in the history of our Province. Ontario’s producers are thriving in these emerging categories, and I am excited to see the success they can achieve when afforded wider market access. With locations in Richmond Hill, our residents will also experience convenience when purchasing wine, beer and cider this fall.”
— Reza Moridi, M.P.P., Richmond Hill
“For the first time in our province’s history, wine will be sold alongside beer in grocery stores this coming fall. These changes will not only give consumers more convenience and choice when purchasing wine products, but help boost economic growth and preserve jobs in Ontario’s wine, agriculture and tourism sectors.”
— Steven Del Duca, M.P.P., Vaughan
“Ontario’s wine and cider producers, the farmers who support them, and consumers will all welcome this expansion of market access. This good news will spur economic growth and preserve jobs in our province’s wine, agriculture and tourism sectors, while maintaining a strong commitment to social responsibility in the alcohol beverage sector.”
— Michael Chan, M.P.P., Markham-Unionville
“Expanding the sales of wine in grocery stores is a positive step forward for Ontarians. Consumers have more options and convenience for purchasing wine. These sales support the stores and the wine industry. This is the latest example of the Ontario government presenting practical solutions that benefit consumers, industry and business.”
— Dr. Helena Jaczek, M.P.P., Oak-Ridges Markham
For more information, please contact:
Michael Chan, M.P.P., Markham-Unionville 905-305-1935
Dr. Helena Jaczek, M.P.P., Oak Ridges-Markham 905-294-4931
Reza Moridi, M.P.P., Richmond Hill 905-884-8080
Steven Del Duca, M.P.P., Vaughan 905-832-6630
Chris Ballard, M.P.P., Newmarket-Aurora 905-750-0019
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