Spirits

Posted February 26, 2016

Support for distillers, reduced regulatory barriers in Ontario Budget

Ontario – The 2016 Ontario Budget indicated new supporting measures for the province’s fast-growing craft distillers producing spirits.

Improvements include direct delivery to bars and restaurants, and for on-site distillery stores, reducing charges and allowing an exemption for promotional distribution.

Additionally, the Budget aims to modernize policies to reduce regulatory barriers for Ontario’s beverage alcohol manufacturing industry, including:

  • Reducing the administrative burden on businesses involved in liquor manufacturing and distribution
  • Allowing the sale of certain non-liquor products, such as artisanal foods, at manufacturers’ on-site retail stores, which will enhance the cultural and culinary experience at these stores
  • Removing local grape content requirements for wineries located outside Ontario’s three designated viticultural areas to level the playing field for all wine manufacturers in Ontario. In addition, the government will support Ontario’s growing craft spirits industry by allowing direct delivery to bars and restaurants, and for on-site distillery stores, reducing charges and allowing an exemption for promotional distribution.

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