Sending Samples to Ontario

For the submission and pre-submission processes, the LCBO require detailed information about your product(s). This information is also necessary to properly get your products through Canada Customs. The LCBO also have a department that reviews all alcohol based products when entering the Ontario market for any reason whatsoever, including LCBO department evaluation and laboratory analysis.

What is Required for Sending to Ontario?

  1. Submission Template (SQT)
    We have designed the SQT as a tool for all types of products.
    -This information is used so we have all information necessary in completing the necessary LCBO online submission system.
    -Our SQT is also used as a QUOTE sheet for sending samples to Canada.
    -You may download a fresh copy to your computer via this link.
    -A SQT must be produced for every product being submitted and/or for samples sent to Ontario. Once complete, you can send back to us for review and data entry for submission.

    When sending samples, the SQT must be placed on your letterhead and signed.
  2. Canada Customs Invoice (CCI) Form
    – By law, any products coming to Canada must have a complete CCI Form.
    – You may enter all products being shipped on one CCI form.
    – A CCI Form is only necessary when shipping the physical product.
    – This form was designed by the Government of Canada.
    – You may download an editable PDF form via this link.
  3. Proforma Invoice + Misc
    – You may send also your standard invoices, etc…

NOTE: For 1,2,3 all quotes must be equal to the actual quote you would sell to the LCBO. YOU CAN NOT simply assign a nominal amount to save on duties, etc, otherwise the product(s) will be stopped and questioned by Canada Customs and/or LCBO Customs Approval Department.

NOTE: NEVER use standard post. Always use a tracking carrier such as DHL, FEDEX, …


Main Office:
Lacey Cellars
2288 Kawartha Hts Blvd
Peterborough, ON
CA K9K 1P4
+1 416 690 2557 Main
+1 416 946 1403 Fax

4. Once Samples are Sent:

Once samples are sent, please forward via fax and/or email SQT(s), CCI and Tracking Web Site with Tracking Information in the event that the samples are halted in Customs and/or LCBO Quote Approval Department.

About Ontario


Ontario is a province of Canada located in the east-central part of Canada.It is the largest province by population and second largest in total area. It is home to Canada’s most populous city, Toronto, the capital city of Ontario, and Ottawa, the national capital of Canada.

Toronto is at the heart of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), and is part of a densely populated region in Southern Ontario known as the Golden Horseshoe, which is home to over 8.1 million residents—approximately 25% of Canada’s population.

The economy of Ontario is a rich and diversified economy. Ontario is the largest economy in Canada, its GDP being nearly twice that of neighbouring Quebec, the second largest economy providing Canada’s GDP with approximately 40% of the total GDP. The Ontarian economy is highly influenced, and run by the service sector, though manufacturing (50%+ of Canada) also plays an important role. Canada’s main financial district and stock exchange is in Toronto, while the main info-tech industries of Canada are located in Ottawa and Waterloo.

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Agent Appointment

Below is a Draft letter to be signed and printed (PDF) on company letterhead. Please feel free to copy and paste from below, or contact us.

DATE: 2021-04-17

To: Liquor Control Board of Ontario
55 Lakeshore Blvd East
Toronto, ON M5E 1A4

Re: Appointment of Exclusive Agent

We wish to be a Supplier of Liquor Products to you for resale by the LCBO. We acknowledge that we have received and read your manual entitled “LCBO Product Management Policies and Procedures.”

We hereby authorize the following person to be our exclusive Agent with respect to the sale of the following Liquor Products to Liquor Control Board of Ontario effective the day of April 17, 2021

Exclusive Agent Information:

Martin Lacey Agencies Ltd
2288 Kawartha Hts
Peterborough, Ontario
Canada K9K 1P4
+1 416 690 2557 (main)
+1 416 946 1403 (fax)

Description of Products: