Mandatory Signage Requirement
The Liquor Licence Act requires certain premises to display a sign that cautions women who are pregnant that consuming alcohol during pregnancy is the cause of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. The warning sign must be in English (and may also be in French), at least 8 by 10 inches in size, and prominently displayed in all locations where alcohol is sold or where customers make their own wine or beer. Failure to comply with the signage requirements in premises licensed or authorized by the AGCO may result in administrative action by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO).
The following types of premises licensed or authorized by the AGCO must prominently display the warning sign in location(s) that are visible to patrons:
- Restaurants, bars and other businesses licensed to sell alcohol (wine, beer and spirits)
- Retail stores authorized to sell alcohol (i.e., Wine, beer and spirits manufacturers´ stores, including occasional extensions of on-site winery retail stores within farmers’ markets; grocery stores authorized to sell alcohol to the public)
- Licensed ferment on premise facilities.
If you have questions about this requirement, please contact the AGCO 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 licensed or authorized by the AGCO is not meeting this signage requirement, please visit iAGCO Online Services to submit a complaint.
The Liquor Licence Act also requires LCBO stores (including Convenience Outlets) and The Beer Store to comply with this signage requirement. As compliance with the signage requirement at these stores does not fall under the AGCO’s regulatory authority, please direct any questions or comments related to Sandy’s Law signage at the LCBO or The Beer Store.