May 5, 2020
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 the requirement for cideries to have five acres of planted fruit in order to qualify for a retail store at their cidery.
Under this temporary policy change, cideries may qualify for a retail store without having five acres of planted fruit. Manufacturers with an on-site retail store authorized by the AGCO may also sell their products online.
An applicant cidery must hold a Manufacturer’s Licence issued by the Registrar and must meet all other applicable eligibility criteria and requirements, including the requirement that the proposed store be located on the same parcel of land as the applicant’s production site.
Interested cideries may apply to the AGCO for an on-site fruit winery retail store authorization through iAGCO, the AGCO’s online portal.
The AGCO remains committed to protecting public safety and ensuring that alcohol is sold, served and consumed in a responsible manner. Authorization holders must continue to meet all other existing requirements in the Liquor Licence Act, Liquor Control Act and regulations.
The AGCO continues to work closely with the Government of Ontario to find ways of supporting Ontarians and the sectors we regulate. Please continue to check the AGCO website for any updates or changes.
For more information contact:
AGCO Customer Service
Toll free in Ontario: 1-800-522-2876
Or via the iAGCO online portal