Milk, bread and beer
Ontario is slowly following the lead of Québec in slackening its alcohol restrictions.
That is good news for people in Eastern Ontario, where since the summer more and more grocery stores have been selling beer and cider.
One of those outlets is the Foodland store in Vankleek Hill, where a large variety of alcoholic drinks awaits customers.
Ultimately, beer, wine and cider will be available in up to 450 grocery stores in Ontario.
This is in addition to more than 450 Beer Stores and more than 660 LCBO stores across Ontario.
Firm regulations govern the sale of beer, wine and cider in all locations across the province.
The price of beer, wine and cider is the same across all retailers (grocery stores, the LCBO, the Beer Store, wineries and on-site manufacturers’ stores).
Grocery stores must use strict controls and follow mandatory rules when selling beer, wine and cider. These conditions are part of the government's commitment to ensure that alcohol is sold in a socially responsible manner.
The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario regulates the stores and will ensure that beer, wine and cider are not sold to anyone under Ontario's legal drinking age of 19 or to intoxicated adults, are sold by fully trained staff who ensure Ontario's standards for social responsibility are always met, are sold during standard hours of sale and are only available in a designated section of each store.