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Mandatory Signage Requirement

The Liquor Licence Act requires certain premises to post signs warning women that drinking alcohol during pregnancy can cause Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. The warning sign must be at least 8 by 10 inches in size, to be printed in landscape format (horizontally). It must be prominently displayed in all locations where alcohol is sold or where customers brew their own wine or beer for take home consumption. Failure to comply with the signage requirements may result in administrative action by the AGCO.

The following types of premises must post the warning sign:

  • Restaurants and bars licensed to sell alcohol (wine, beer and spirits);
  • LCBO stores and other retail stores authorized to sell alcohol (i.e., The Beer Store; wine, beer and spirits manufacturers´ stores, including occasional extensions of on-site winery retail stores within farmers’ markets; grocery stores authorized to sell liquor to the public); and
  • Licensed ferment on premise facilities.

If you have questions about this requirement, please contact the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario online via the iAGCO online portal, or by telephone: 416-326-8700, toll free in Ontario: 1-800-522-2876 

If you believe an establishment is not meeting this signage requirement, please visit Complaints and Inquiries.