You Might Be Able to Purchase Alcohol at Farmers Markets in the Future

 

Ever wish you could have your favourite drinks delivered to your front door in Mississauga? Or wish that you could pick up some local wine or craft beer at a farmers market? That wish might soon come true!

Recently, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) released a new report titled: Refreshing the Sale of Beverage Alcohol in Ontario.

The report outlines how the sale of alcoholic beverages can be modernized to be more convenient for consumers.

Ontarians want to see a more modern, convenient beverage alcohol retail system and we are closer than ever to substantive reforms to how alcohol is distributed, bought, and sold in Ontario,” says Rocco Rossi, the President and CEO of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce. “By removing barriers and levelling the playing field, the province can unleash the potential of the beverage alcohol sector, support regional economic development, meet the needs of today’s consumer, and generate greater tax revenue to fund the public services on which Ontarians rely.”

Despite many residents supporting the move for modernization, the OCC claims that reform is difficult due to legislation and regulation involved.

The report outlined several recommendations for the province:

  • Modernizing sales by allowing beverage producers to sell their products online.
  • Reduce taxes on Ontario wines, align tax levels for craft cider to the same of craft beer, and apply a graduated fee to the current spirits basic tax.
  • Reduce the reports wineries and cideries have to complete monthly to a quarterly basis.
  • Allow spirits and craft beer producers with a retail store to sell their products at farmers’ markets.
  • Provide airports with an exemption to allow for the sale of alcohol 24-hours-a-day.

The report also concluded with information on public health considerations and advised that more programs should be given detailing the dangers of drinking alcohol irresponsibly. 

What are your thoughts on ordering drinks online?

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