Competition watchdog writes province to support loosening Ontario liquor rules

Message heard, but for now, all stays the same and prices are controlled by the LCBO.
Bad? Good?
A two-sided coin.

“While acknowledging the need to balance policy concerns such as public health and safety with competition, I believe a less restrictive system that allows more retailers to compete on price can offer Ontarians greater convenience and access to a wider selection of products, particularly for those who live in rural and remote communities,” Boswell wrote.


Feeling Empty?

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The Shelves at the LCBO feel the same way!

LCBO says distribution issues to be resolved in two to three weeks

OPSEU President Warren “Smokey” Thomas said frontline workers have told him that the distribution delay isn’t likely to be solved until September.

“Our information from the front lines is that two to three weeks would be very, very ambitious and probably not a realistic assessment,” he said.



LCBO Wine Bottle Weight (Empty/Glass)

420g 750ml
“The Canada Bottle”

Effective in 2014, the LCBO announced that new regulations will be put in place in 2016 to reduce the amount of glass used in wine bottles.

Breakdown for Glass Weight (in grams)

    • 750ml => 420g
    • 1000ml => 550g
    • 1500ml => 700g

While some leniency exists for the Vintages/Classics products, a surcharge will be added to products that are heavier than the above values.

Official announcement can be found HERE

Another public announcement was made on with 420g => “The Canada Bottle” Read more HERE

Ontario PCs Shaking the Beer Store tree

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 SHAKING THE TREE  is an understatement  😉

Interesting news out with many mixed reviews by the media outlets…

Things will change “big time” if this legislation gets passed.

Province to Introduce Legislation to End Decades-old Near-Monopoly on Beer Sales

“The unfair agreement with the Beer Store puts the interests of three large global brewers ahead of Ontario consumers, taxpayers and small businesses,” said Fedeli. “It’s a bad deal for people in Ontario who want more choice and convenience, and it’s deeply unfair to businesses who want to compete in this sector.”

Read it from the source HERE.

Ontario government introduces legislation terminating deal with Beer Store. STORY HERE

Chris Selley: Ontario government finally flexes some muscle on beer retail


LCBO Vintages

VINTAGES is the fine wine and premium spirits business unit of the LCBO.

VINTAGES’s goal is to introduce over 5,000 new and unique products through the LCBO’s 600+ store network plus hundreds more through their Classics Collection, Bordeaux Futures, Special Events, Latest Offers and via their Shop Online program.

VINTAGES’ Retail Programs

Every two weeks, VINTAGES introduces over 125 new products into stores.

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LCBO e-Commerce

In 2016, LCBO launched its new e-commerce site which offers a diverse local and international initial assortment of more than 5,000 beverage alcohol products to consumers regardless of where they live in Ontario.

Their goal is to eventually offer up to 16,000 different products from around the world.

Delivery options:

  • Directly to an LCBO store of their choosing for pick up. Free of charge.
  • Directly to their home by Canada Post for a flat-fee charge of $12 (plus tax) per order.
    * Online orders for home delivery will be made within 2 to 3 days. Online orders will be available for pick-up at any LCBO store within 4 to 12 days.

An option for online exclusives is available for products not available through the Private Ordering and Consignment programs.

We will add more here as the e-Commerce program continues to grow.