Alcohol and Gaming Regulation and Public Protection Act

Outlines the duties and powers of the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario and how wine, spirits and beer are taxed.


This legislation outlines the purpose of the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario and how responsibility is delegated to various positions among the commission.

This legislation also outlines the structure of tax on alcoholic beverages including procedures for overpayment and penalties.


To protect consumers from unfair or deceptive practices in in the alcohol, gaming and horse racing sectors.

What we've heard

9 Improve it

2 Eliminate it


Brad Ariss (a manager / supervisor)

Created 8 months 1 day ago

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There are still horse and buggy laws regulating the transportation of alcohol on the weekend. There is a tragic underrepresentation of Ontario Craft Beer and Spirits in the LCBO. The organization favours international companies over local producers. The AGCO cherry picks the regulations they choose to enforce. The Master Framework Agreement between the state and The Beer Store should be tossed out immediately. The taxation in Ontario is ungodly. This regulation is a joke on a global scale and hurts local business while keeping consumer prices high with an abysmal selection of product.

4th Line Theatre (a manager / supervisor)

Created 8 months 1 week ago

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As a summer festival with 39-42 events per summer at a venue that is rented in summer months only, my theatre organization must apply for multiple Special Occasion Permits (SOPs) in order to sell alcohol at our venue. Alcohol sales are a major revenue generator for our not-for-profit charitable institution, not to mention are much-appreciated by our patrons on the hot days in July and August and so, of course, we jump through all of the hoops in order to comply with AGCO requirements. As LCBO managers are responsible for processing special occasion permits, it is a great stress for the LCBO employees each year when I ask them to process multiple special occasion permits (not to mention - it is very costly! $75 per permit and each permit covers 3-6 days). It is a stress to LCBO employees because they do not do this for anyone else and it confuses them. A few times, we have had LCBO employees give misinformation (and I can't blame them for this!) which has caused issues on AGCO's side and resulted in an audit of the applications and a review process which were rushed (by me, calling AGCO and the LCBO multiple times) in order to get out SOPs in time for our summer festival. AGCO employees always seem very annoyed and frustrated and make me feel like we are asking too much of them when I call for advice or clarifications. They do not even seem to understand their own system. Why do I feel like I am causing problems for LCBO and AGCO employees each year, when I am simply jumping through their organizations' hoops in order to serve alcohol at 39-42 summer festival events?

In order to receive these SOPs each year, I have to get letters from the local Fire Chief, police service, health unit, permit officer and have to provide multiple quotes for venue services (portable toilet units, for example) in order to get festival designation and have to ask township council to pass a motion stating our festival is an event of significance in our township. All of this, in order to then go through the complicated process of applying for multiple SOPs. There must be other festivals that do not operate on land they own who need multiple SOPs in order to serve alcohol?? Are we the only ones?

I begin this onerous process in January each year for a festival which begins in June. There must be a better way?

Natasha Willis (a manager / supervisor)

Created 8 months 3 weeks ago

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The LCBO/government monopoly is an outdated relic from Prohibition. The Beer Store's selection is an embarrassment to our province and craft-beer enthusiasts.

Ontario must allow privatized sales and open up the sale of alcohol and cannabis to business owners. The LCBO's current selection of alcohol and spirits is abysmal compared to other modernized countries. I can only imagine the disaster that will ensue with cannabis legalization. End the outdated monopoly now.

Suzanne Olsen (retired)

Created 9 months 2 days ago

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Alcohol is too regulated should be available for local festivals easier.

Steve Korbey

Created 9 months 6 days ago

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Ontario needs to modernize its laws. A European approach would help, with alcohol permitted on the street and sold more widely, being regulated on a local basis. Licensing hours should be determined locally according to local needs.
Wine beers and spirits should be sold more conveniently and be in the hands of private retailers.
Young people of sixteen and older should be allowed wine or beer with a meal, and the licensing age set at eighteen.
The Smartserve program etc should be reviewed to ensure licensees are not penalized for acts beyond their control ie after patrons have left their establishment.
Public intoxication and drunk driving etc should penalized harshly.
Responsible use of alcohol and drugs should be taught at school.

Thomas Wilson (a business owner)

Created 9 months 1 week ago

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The current system is very very complicated and is not equally balanced against levels of alcohol. Most international jurisdictions levy alcohol tax according to alcohol content and bulk volume. A tank of beer owes less than a tank of spirits. The tax is levied when the fermentation is complete, not when the packaged product is sold (much later). This system generates taxes sooner for government and recognizes social impact based on alcohol content. Beer and cider is more readily available and taxed less than wine and spirits, which are more strictly controlled. This ensures a healthy domestic industry that is fairly taxed and trade compliant while improving domestic economic impact versus foreign imports that contribute no economic impact, direct or indirect. UNDER THE CURRENT SYSTEM ONTARIO IMPORTS MOST OF THE ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES SOLD TO ONTARIO CONSUMERS. MOST INTERNATIONAL JURISDICTIONS PRODUCE 70 - 80% OF THE ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES THEY REAIL.

MikeH (a business owner)

Created 9 months 2 weeks ago

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Ontario needs 'mom & pop' liquor stores. Our LCBO currently is doing a horrible job curating alcoholic beverages from smaller Microbreweries and distilleries from around the world and Ontario. There isn't enough room on their shelves to support the retail space for unique beverages, nor is there shelving fee fair for producers. Likewise to the beer store that is now owned a handful of corporations- not even Canadian.


Created 9 months 2 weeks ago

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You have NEVER enforced this regulation. NEVER> So - either consult openly with stakeholders and bring it into the 21st century, or eliminate it. Virtually every brewing company and establishment engages in unfair and illegal business practises and you have NEVER done anything about it. You need a person to come in and file a complaint, rather than enforce the law. Ridiculous. Taxes are not collected and the public gets screwed.

Eliminate the monopoly the big foreign brewers have with the Beer Store - do not just dress up some initiative that does nothing, like what happened last election... instead allow local real craft brewers to sell each others beer and to establish a chain of retail stores free of majority ownership from big, foreign brewers to daily compete. Will mean jobs, tax dollars and fair market. Do NOT give me some BS about Nafta, or ombudsman, thats nonsense. Look to the REST OF THE PLANET for successful examples of growing local breweries vs the unfair, lunacy we have. Its not 1820, we're not run by the Church, and Ontarians can be trusted to buy a beer at a store that is not run by the government or Big Brewers.

MikeH (a business owner)

Created 9 months 2 weeks ago

Richard Sharp

Created 9 months 2 weeks ago

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It's an archaic system. Some of the alcohol laws don't allow businesses and consumers the freedoms and responsibilities that they are entitled to have. For example, why can't a brewery sell take-home bottles from another brewery? The rules for opening a new brewery are based on archaic definitions. Looking at Belgium, for example, where blenderies can operate (using wort for a third party that they ferment in-house in foeders or barrels) is something that should be allowed and taxed accordingly. The rules for mead - growing honey on premises - are simply ridiculous. And let's not talk about the skewed taxes for spirits and cider....