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Socially Responsible Retailing Requirements for Grocers Selling Beer

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Socially Responsible Retailing Requirements for Grocers Selling Beer

Ministry of Finance

Ontario is introducing beer sales in up to 450 grocery stores across the province, starting with 58 locations in December 2015. 

The authorized stores are a mix of independent and large grocers in communities across Ontario. Criteria were set to ensure fairness and geographic distribution.  

All stores will adhere to regulations ensuring the socially responsible sale of alcohol, including:

  • The sale of beer is limited to standard hours: Monday to Saturday: 9 am to 11pm and Sunday: 11am to 6pm
  • Beer is located in a single designated section of the store 
  • Beer sold in grocery stores cannot exceed 7.1 per cent alcohol by volume  
  • Beer will be sold in up to six-packs, up to 750 mL per container 
  • All staff selling and handling beer in grocery stores must be a minimum of 18 years of age 
  • Like at the LCBO, all staff must be fully trained and will be responsible for ensuring that customers under the age of 19 and intoxicated adults do not purchase beer 
  • Uniform and minimum pricing for beer
  • Restrictions on promotional activities to ensure fair and responsible merchandising  
The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) will oversee these and other regulations.

Grocery stores now authorized to sell beer across four regions are:

Greater Toronto Area

Grocery StoreCityAddress

Sobeys

Aurora

15500 Bayview Ave.

Loblaws

Etobicoke

380 The East Mall 

Real Canadian Superstore 

Georgetown

171 Guelph St.

Real Canadian Superstore 

Milton

1050 Kennedy Circle, Milton

Michael-Angelo's 

Mississauga

4099 Erin Mills Pkwy 

Loblaws

Mississauga

5010 Glen Erin Dr. 

Real Canadian Superstore 

Newmarket

18120 Yonge St. 

Metro

Newmarket

16640 Yonge St. 

Longo's

Oakville

3455 Wyecroft Rd. 

FreshCo

Oakville

2501 Third Line

Longo's

Oakville

469 Cornwall Rd.

Real Canadian Superstore 

Oshawa

1385 Harmony Rd. N. 

Metro

Pickering

1822 Whites Rd. 

Sobeys

Oshawa

11700 Yonge St. 

Coppa's Fresh Market 

Toronto

4750 Dufferin St.

Galleria Supermarket 

Toronto

865 York Mills Rd.

Real Canadian Superstore 

Toronto

51 Gerry Fitzgerald Dr.

Real Canadian Superstore 

Toronto

2549 Weston Rd.

Loblaws 

Toronto

17 Leslie St.

Loblaws 

Toronto

50 Musgrave St.

Coppa's Fresh Market 

Vaughan

3300 Rutherford Rd.

Galleria Supermarket 

Vaughan

7040 Yonge St.

FreshCo

Vaughan

800 Steeles Ave W.

Farm Boy 

Whitby

360 Taunton Rd.

West


Grocery StoreCityAddress

Zehrs 

Cambridge

400 Conestoga Blvd.

Metro 

Guelph

500 Edinburgh Rd. S.

Sobeys

Hamilton (Ancaster)

977 Golf Links Rd.

FreshCo 

Hamilton

700 Queenston Rd.

Fortinos 

Hamilton

65 Mall Rd.

Food Basics 

Hamilton

505 Rymal Rd. E.

Starsky Fine Foods 

Hamilton

685 Queenston Rd.

Real Canadian Superstore 

Kitchener 

875 Highland Rd. W.

Farm Boy 

London  

1415 Beaverbrook Ave.

Walmart Supercentre 

London  

1280 Fanshawe Park Rd.

Real Canadian Superstore 

London  

1205 Oxford St. 

Food Basics

London  

509 Commissioners Rd. W. 

Food Basics

Niagara Falls

3770 Montrose Rd.

Sobeys

Paris

307 Grand River St. N.

Real Canadian Superstore 

Windsor

4371 Walker Rd. 

East

Grocery StoreCityAddress

Sobeys

Kanata

700 Terry Fox Dr.

Sobeys

Kanata

840 March Rd.

Loblaws 

Kingston

1100 Princess St.

La Mantia's Country Market 

Lindsay

50 William St. S.

Metro   

Nepean

3201 Strandherd Dr.

Food Basics 

Orillia

975 West Ridge Blvd. 

Farm Boy 

Ottawa (Orleans)

2030 Tenth Line

Loblaws 

Ottawa

1980 Baseline Rd.

Real Canadian Superstore 

Ottawa

760 Eagleson Rd. 

Sobeys

Ottawa

193 Metcalfe St. 

Sobeys

Peterborough 

1200 Lansdowne St. W.

Sobeys

Peterborough 

501 Towerhill Rd.

Brown's Your Independent Grocer 

Stittsville

1251 Main St.

North

Grocery StoreCityAddress

Pino's Get Fresh 

Sault Ste. Marie

219 Trunk Rd.

Walmart Supercentre 

Sudbury

2416 Long Lake Rd.

Walmart Supercentre 

Sudbury

1349 Lasalle Blvd. 

Real Canadian Superstore 

Thunder Bay

971 Carrick St. 

Safeway

Thunder Bay

115 Arthur St. W.

Safeway

Thunder Bay

1015 Dawson Rd.

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  • Jessica Martin

    Minister's Office

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  • Scott Blodgett

    Ministry of Finance

    scott.blodgett@ontario.ca

    416-325-0324

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