The Province is encouraging Ontarians to support local craft breweries and wineries by expanding made-in-Ontario options the LCBO.
Additionally, the Province is pausing tax increases for beer and wine, which was scheduled to take effect in the spring of 2020.
“Buying local not only supports Ontario’s wineries, breweries, cideries, distilleries and other local producers, but it also means getting a quality product to enjoy responsibly,” Rod Phillips, Minister of Finance, said in a news release.
“Our alcohol sector told us they are being negatively impacted by the measures that have been necessary to contain COVID-19. That’s why our government is taking steps to help these local businesses continue providing good jobs for people in Ontario and producing the products consumers enjoy,” he continued.
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The Province has also temporarily allowed licensed restaurants and bars to sell alcohol with food takeout and delivery orders between the hours of 9 a.m. and 11 p.m., as well as selling spirits at a lower price when purchased with food takeout and delivery orders.
Further, restaurants will be temporarily permitted to extend or create outdoor patio spaces to accommodate more customers when restaurants are permitted to reopen.
As well, cideries will be temporarily be permitted to sell directly to customers without having five acres of planted fruit.
“Our province is home to some of the best breweries and wineries in the world who produce top quality craft beers and world-class wines. Now more than ever, I encourage you to support Ontario’s many great craft producers by choosing and responsibly enjoying local,” Ernie Hardeman, Ontario’s Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, said in the same release.