As part of its broader package of measures to support Ontarians and businesses that have been significantly impacted by the outbreak of COVID-19, the Government of Ontario amended Regulation 719 under the Liquor Licence Act (LLA) to temporarily allow liquor sales licensees (i.e., licensed bars and restaurants) to sell beer, wine and spirits as...

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As the industry prepares for the resumption of racing, the AGCO would like to provide an update to trainers, assistant trainers, owners and veterinarians looking to add a horse to the Exercise Induced Pulmonary Haemorrhage (EIPH) Program in Ontario.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and in support of the industry as it prepares for the...

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WHEREAS standardbred horse racing was shut down in the Province of Ontario on March 20, 2020, thoroughbred racing was scheduled to commence on April 18, 2020 at Woodbine Racetrack and May 26, 2020 at Fort Erie Race Track, and quarter horse racing was scheduled to commence on May 10, 2020 at Ajax Downs Racetrack, but delayed as a result...

On May 20, 2020, the Registrar announced a number of Temporary Rule Amendments to address pre-racing activities associated with the return to racing. These amendments were based on the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario’s (AGCO...

The Government of Ontario announced that as of May 16, 2020, some seasonal services and activities are permitted to open, including golf courses. If you are a golf course operator with a liquor sales licensed clubhouse restaurant, you are permitted to sell alcohol with food takeout orders between the hours of 9 a.m. and 11 p.m.

Golf...

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The Ontario Government announced its plans to lift the provincial emergency order on horse racing, effective May 19, 2020.

To prepare for the return to racing, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) is actively reviewing Ontario’s horse racing rules and regulations to ensure responsible measures are taken to help...

As part of the Government of Ontario’s continued efforts to support businesses significantly impacted by the outbreak of COVID-19, the government has approved a change affecting liquor sales licensees that comes into effect today.

Regulation 719 under the Liquor Licence Act (LLA) has been amended to reduce the minimum price of...

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As part of its broader package of measures to support Ontarians and businesses that have been significantly impacted by the outbreak of COVID-19, the Government of Ontario is making it easier for cideries to sell directly to consumers.

Effective immediately, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) has temporarily removed...

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The AGCO remains committed to helping organizations that are licensed to conduct charitable lotteries in Ontario throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and its aftermath. The AGCO understands that charitable priorities and operational circumstances are changing due to the evolving health and safety situation.

Flexibility on Use of Lottery...
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On March 20, 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the AGCO authorized a temporary extension that allowed retail stores including authorized grocery stores, Manufacturer’s Retail Stores, LCBO stores including Convenience Outlets, and Brewers Retail Inc. stores (The Beer Store) to sell alcohol from 7:00am to 11:00pm. This extension was set...

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The period of free enrollment to the Smart Serve Responsible Alcohol Sales and Service Training Program has now ended. The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) and Smart Serve partnered to offer free enrollment to the program in April to quickly increase the availability of certified delivery drivers and support the hospitality...

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On April 7, the AGCO announced it would temporarily pause issuing cannabis Retail Store Authorizations (RSA) during the period of the Government of Ontario’s emergency order on business closures. Since then, the AGCO has been working with the government on ways to support the emergency order and its public health objectives while also...

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On March 18, 2020, we advised you that the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) would be extending by three months the term of all the active liquor, gaming and cannabis licences, authorizations and registrations it has issued. This measure was put in place as a support to the people and businesses regulated by the AGCO who are...

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On March 17, 2020 the Premier of Ontario declared a state of emergency in Ontario and ordered the closure of non-essential businesses in the province.  Authorized cannabis retail stores were initially deemed essential businesses. On April 3, 2020 a revised list was issued, further reducing the number of essential businesses. Cannabis retail...

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On March 26, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) announced new measures introduced by the Government of Ontario temporarily allowing liquor licensed establishments to sell beer, wine and spirits as part of food orders for takeout or delivery. 

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On Friday, April 3, the Government of Ontario further extended measures to help contain the spread of COVID-19 and protect public health. The government has revised its list of essential services and is requiring all other businesses to close by 11:59 pm on Saturday April 4. This closure will be in effect for 14 days, with the possibility of an...

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The Ontario government has issued an emergency order under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act to prohibit organized public events and social gatherings of more than five people with the exception of Funerals which are...

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On March 17, 2020 the Premier of Ontario declared a state of emergency in Ontario and ordered that all bars and restaurants in the province close, except for offering takeout and delivery of food.  On March 23, the Government of Ontario included as an essential service restaurants and other food facilities that prepare and serve food, but only...

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This message is to help charitable organizations that are licensed to operate charitable lottery schemes in Ontario understand their options in light of the societal impact of COVID-19. These are truly exceptional times that are affecting all aspects of our lives. We wish to offer as much guidance and support as we can to all those who rely on...

This message is to help municipalities that license charitable lottery schemes in Ontario understand their options in light of the societal impact of COVID-19. These are truly exceptional times that are affecting all aspects of our lives. We wish to offer as much guidance and support as we can to all those who rely on the AGCO’s services...

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