Ontario planning changes to liquor laws

By Callam Rodya

Ontario could soon see a more relaxed attitude to its liquor laws.

Chris Bentley, Ontario’s Attorney General announced Wednesday that he is in the early stages of consultations on new liquor rules, saying responsible Ontarians are ready for more freedom.

On the table for the new rules is allowing people to walk around freely with an alcoholic drink in their hand, as opposed to herding them into beer tents, behind fences, or within an outlined perimeter.

Ontario could also see a new later “last call” at special events like weddings, as late as 2 a.m. Currently, servers have to announce last call at 1 a.m.


  1. It was just announced today that Ontario is updating alcohol laws. This means all those unnecessary barriers for events and festivals are eliminated so we can enjoy our summer weather even more! This will improve tourism and local economies.
    – Festivals don’t need beer tents anymore, people can walk around freely through the event
    – Restaurants and bar servers can take drinks on public sidewalks to patios
    – Events such as fundraisers and weddings can serve alcohol for an extra hour until 2am
    – All-inclusive vacation packages can now be sold in Ontario
    – Business owners can give a complimentary drink to customers when celebrating a special occasion like an anniversary

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