Friday, November 15, 2019


- 1 - [Start of recorded material 00:00:00]Jeff: Good morning and thank you for tuning in today’s final webinar of theAGCO’s municipal webinar series. I’m Jeff Longhurst, the director of licensing and registration at the alcohol and gaming commission of Ontario and I’m pleased to be the moderator of today’s session. I’d like to begin by introducing my colleagues of the AGCO who you willbe hearing from today. We’ll start first with our senior manager of liquoreligibility, Rebecca Castillo, we have [Tanya Thake] one of our seniorcompliance officials and our senior manager of strategic policy AlisonCazalet.Today’s webinar is the fourth in a four part series, the first webinarhighlighted the different roles that the AGCO municipality’s play in theregulation of alcohol and gaming in Ontario. Our second webinar focusedon charitable gaming in Ontario and the third webinar focused on thenewly emerging cannabis industry. If you were unable to participate in any of these prior webinars, or would like a refresher on the informationprovided, all three of these webinars are available on our website, whichis you’ll be learning about liquor regulation in Ontario. Weencourage you to submit your questions throughout the session thismorning and we’ll do our best to answer them by the end of the session. If we do run out of time then we will respond to those questions by email.Note that you’ll be able to submit questions using the portal, which youare now listening to and viewing this session. Today’s webinar is beingrecorded and following today’s broadcast a closed caption recording of this session will be made available on the AGCO’s website again at If you’re experiencing any technical difficulties throughout this broadcastplease email In addition we have sent outconference call information for those of you who would just like to dialin by phone. Please note that this conference line will only allow you to listen to the audio portion of the session. We will not be taking questionsby phone but those who are participating on the conference call, we inviteyou to send us an email with your questions by emailing us at as you can see we have a full agenda for you today. We’ll provideyou with a quick overview of the regulatory framework after which you’llhear about tools used for compliance, municipally significant specialoccasion permits and how the liquor industry is modernizing. We’ll endthe session by answering the questions that we’ve received through thewebcast.
- 2 -So with that I’ll turn it over to Rebecca Castillo, AGCO senior managerof liquor eligibility, to provide a brief overview of the regulatoryframework.Rebecca:Great, thank you Jeff. I am very happy to be here this morning. So to getstarted, the AGCO is responsible for administrating the liquor licence actand specific sections of the liquor control act. We licence and regulateestablishments that sell and serve liquor to the public, so this includesbars, restaurants, lounges and night clubs. I’d also like to add we alsoregulate liquor manufacturers and onsite retail store authorizations. So what’s important for the folks here in terms of the municipalrequirements for a new liquor sales licence is there are some informationthat we require from municipalities. So when anyone is applying for a new liquor sales licence or they want to add on a patio or they want to increase capacity to their liquor licence, we require some forms for youand some feedback. The first thing that we required is the municipalinformation form and we require municipal agency letters also known as compliance letters from the fire, building and health departments.Here on our screen you’ll see a sample of what our municipal informationform looks like. This is a template that we do have on our website but wealso welcome any other information that you provide on your letter head. This form will indicate whether or not the municipality is wet, damp or dry. Even though we recognize that most of Ontario is considered wet,we also use this form really as a way to notify municipalities or have theapplicant notify that someone is applying for a liquor licence in yourmunicipality.Agency letter approvals, this is the sample of the agency let ter approvals;I think I’ve already spoken about that. Again with this one we use this as a template but then you can also use your own letter head for giving us compliance letters for fire building and health. And here again is themunicipal information f orm as well for the municipalities to use.Okay, so now we’re going to move on to some other information that willbe helpful for municipal staff. One thing to remember, and just to advisefolks is that sometimes manufacturers can apply for a liquor sales licence,which is also known as a tied house licence, and again a tied houselicence is really just a manufacturer that is applying for a liquor saleslicence. So you would use the same form, the municipal information forthe tied house. In addition there is also going to be the same form, thewet, dry status, that you will use to support a manufacturer store that mayalso be applying for a retail store in your municipality.Another product that a manufacturer can apply for is something called theby the glass licence. And the by the glass licence allows manufacturers to sell and serve their own products for consumption. Again, this is only for by the glass and it allows guests to carry or consume wine or beer or spirits from around the manufacturing sit e and if in other areas where they’re manufacturing. So with this one we do not require the compliance

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