Please note this information is subject to further conditions as per Ontario’s COVID-19 response framework.

Liquor Sales Licences and Special Occasion Permits

Temporary Extended Retail Sale Hours

To provide ongoing flexibility for customers and retail stores during the COVID-19 pandemic and until July 1, 2021, the temporary permissible hours for liquor retail sales are 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m

Permissible Hours for Delivery

Permissible hours for delivery of alcohol from liquor sales licensed establishments or retail stores in Ontario are:

  • Monday to Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Regular hours for licensed establishments

Hours for the sale and service of alcohol are:

  • Monday to Sunday 9 a.m. to 2 a.m.
  • New Year’s Eve (December 31st) 9 a.m. to 3 a.m.

All orders for liquor must be served before 2 a.m. (3 a.m. on New Year’s Eve). Many premises have last call at 1:45 a.m. to ensure all orders are delivered or served before 2 a.m. All signs of liquor must be cleared 45 minutes after the end time on the licence; for most this is by 2:45 a.m. (3:45 a.m. on New Year’s Eve). This includes the clearing of all glasses and bottles off the tables.

Some licence holders may have conditions on the Liquor Sales Licence that further limit the above-noted hours.

Liquor Sales Licences located at Eligible Airports

Liquor Sales Licensees located in restricted areas of certain airports in Ontario may sell and serve liquor at any time (except where hours are further limited by conditions on a licence).

These establishments must be located in what is called a “sterile area” beyond the passenger screening checkpoint of an airport. Eligible airports are those that are designated by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) as an Ontario Airport of Entry (AOE) as well as Airport of Entry/15 (AOE/15).

For questions about meeting the necessary requirements by an airport to be designated as AOE or AOE/15 please contact:

Canada Border Services Agency


Phone: 1-800-461-9999 (within Canada), or 1-204-983-3500 (outside Canada)


Manufacturer’s Limited Sales Licence (“By the Glass”)

Permissible hours for the sale and service of alcohol under a Manufacturer’s Limited Sales Licence are:

  • Monday to Sunday 9:00 a.m to 12:00 a.m.

Clock Changes

Spring Time Change

In the spring the clocks move forward one hour at 2:00 a.m., moving to 3:00 a.m. on the clock. At this time the sale of liquor must stop. The liquor sales licence holder has 45 minutes after this stop service time to clear all signs of service, even though the clock has gone forward one hour.

Autumn Time Change

In the autumn the clocks move back one hour at 2:00 a.m., to show 1:00 a.m. The liquor sales licence holder may turn the clock back one hour and continue to sell until 2:00 a.m. (new autumn time) at which time the sale of liquor must stop. The liquor sales licence holder has 45 minutes after stopping service to clear all signs of service.

Retail Sale Hours

Permissible hours of sale for all retail stores that may sell liquor in Ontario are:

  • Monday to Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

*Note that some grocery stores may have general hours of operation that are outside the permissible hours of alcohol sale (e.g. a 24 hour store) noted above, however they are only permitted to sell alcohol within the permissible hours. Some authorizations may have conditions that further limit the above noted permissible hours.

Farmers’ Markets

Permissible hours of sale for an occasional extension of an on-site winery retail store within a farmer’s market are the hours of sale of the farmer’s market.

Retail sales on Holidays

Retail stores that sell alcohol may be permitted to open on a holiday in accordance with the permissible hours of sale depending on the laws or by-laws applicable to the business, such as the Retail Business Holidays Act (RBHA) and municipal retail holiday by-laws.

Please note that the RBHA does not fall under the AGCO’s authority. Questions about the RBHA may be directed to the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services. More information about the RBHA can be found on the website.

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