The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) is responsible for administering the Liquor Licence Act (LLA) that covers most aspects of Ontario's beverage alcohol laws. These laws provide the regulatory requirements for responsible sale and service of beverage alcohol in the province. The AGCO is also responsible for overseeing the administration of Special Occasion Permits (SOPs).
The Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO), which is responsible for the retail sale of beverage alcohol at Ontario government stores, issues SOPs on behalf of the AGCO. The Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO), which is responsible for the retail sale of beverage alcohol at Ontario government stores, issues SOPs on behalf of the AGCO.
Liquor Licence Act Regulatory Changes Now in Effect as of June 2011.
A series of amendments to Ontario’s liquor laws (Regulation 719 of the Liquor Licence Act) are now in effect. More detailed information is available here.
Smoking now banned on outdoor patios in Ontario
The Ontario government has announced a ban on smoking at outdoor patio bars and restaurants, whether covered or not. This law became effective January 1, 2015.
A restaurant or bar patio is defined as an area:
• The public can access to eat food or drink beverages, for a fee or at no cost.
• Where food or drinks are served, sold or offered by employees.
• That is not a private home.
Regulations under the Smoke-Free Ontario Act prohibits smoking tobacco in all enclosed workplaces and enclosed public places as well as other designated places in Ontario. Read more here.
Alcohol & Gaming Commission of Ontario
You & the Liquor Laws
Responsible Service Tip Sheets
A Guide for Staff of Liquor Sales Licensed Establishments
You and the Liquor Laws Plus — A Guide for Owners and Managers of Liquor Sales Licensed Establishments
Smart Serve Ontario - Responsible Alcohol Service Beverage Training