Posted July 12, 2018

Beer is coming to corner and big box stores, confirms Ontario Throne Speech

Toronto – The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, today delivered the Speech from the Throne at Queen’s Park in Toronto.

The speech confirmed that Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservative government will extend sales of beer and wine to convenience stores, more grocery stores, and big box stores.

“Your new government will respect consumers and trust adults to make the responsible choices that work best for them. That’s why it will expand the sale of beer and wine to convenience stores, grocery stores and big-box stores,” the Lieutenant Governor said.

The prospect of beer in corner stores was made by Ford as one of his campaign promises.

There are more than 7,500 convenience stores in Ontario, according to the Ontario Convenience Store Association, of which 50% are family-owned.

Details were not available for timelines or scope.

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