The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) is responsible for administering the Liquor Licence and Control Act, 2019 (LLCA), which together with its regulations and the standards and requirements established by the Registrar establish the licensing and regulatory regime for most aspects relating to the sale, service and delivery of liquor in Ontario.
Among its responsibilities in the liquor sector, the AGCO licenses and regulates premises that sell or serve liquor to the public for on-site consumption. This includes premises such as bars, restaurants, lounges and night clubs, although there are no restrictions in the LLCA on the type of business that can apply for a Liquor Sales Licence. Not all liquor sales licensees are eligible to offer takeout or delivery of liquor with food.
The AGCO also issues various types of endorsements that allow liquor sales licensees to sell and serve liquor under specific conditions. Endorsements are essentially additional permissions to a Liquor Sales Licence. Licensees may hold more than one endorsement but endorsements are only valid when combined with an active licence.
This portal is intended for those applying for or already have a Liquor Sales Licence.
Use the resources below to help you apply for a licence or to better understand your obligations under the LLCA.