The province said the initiative aims to support food and beverage establishments that have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Ontario’s vibrant hospitality industry and its workers have been hit hard by COVID-19 in communities across our province,” Ontario Attorney General Doug Downey said in a statement.
“We are building on the steps we took at the onset of the pandemic to support local restaurants, bars and other businesses by providing ongoing support to workers and small businesses facing these ongoing challenges.
In March, the Ford government introduced an emergency ordinance temporarily allowing licensed restaurants and bars to include alcohol in food delivery orders to help them.
The Ontario government confirmed in October that it was working on legislative changes to permanently allow the sale of beer, wine and spirits with take-out and delivery orders.
The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) previously said restaurants and bars would no longer be able to sell alcohol with take out orders after December 31.
In addition, the government has said it will also allow the service of alcohol on dockside boats by operators with licenses to sell alcohol. Identity verification, Smart Serve training, and non-sale or service to impaired persons will continue to apply.
There will also be a reduction in the prices of spirits consumed in food establishments to align with the reduced prices implemented in March.
The government also allows the AGCO to set the length of temporary patio extensions.
Third parties delivering to licensed restaurants are required by the government to have a delivery license.
Many restaurants and bars in Toronto and the Region of Peel rely on take-out and delivery as both indoor and outdoor dining is prohibited at the lockdown level.
“Local restaurants and bars are essential to community life in this province,” said Downey. “We are taking steps to provide Ontarians with more opportunities to directly support their local communities when and how public health guidelines permit.
The government is also removing restrictive rules to allow delivery of alcoholic beverages in food boxes and meal kits. Qualifying alcohol manufacturers are allowed to deliver their own products and charge a delivery fee.
Restaurants and bars can now also offer mixed cocktails and growlers with their deliveries or take out orders.
The province also allows eligible manufacturers to sell 100% Ontario spirits and wine at farmers’ markets.
– with staff files from CP24.com