Premier Doug Ford announced Ontario’s plan to expand the sale of beer and wine today. During the 2018 election campaign, Ford promised that beer and wine would be sold in convenience and grocery stores throughout the province. On social media, Ford suggested that the province would follow through on that promise.
The province ran into difficulties in fulfilling that promise, as The Beer Store has a 10-year agreement with the government, and its multinational owners have threatened legal action if the province doesn’t follow through on that agreement. Under the deal, The Beer Store is the only retailer that can sell beer and wine in grocery stores. However, in 2020, the province permitted restaurants to offer beer and wine with takeout food.