Existing grocery retailers

Find information on this page about existing Beer and Wine and Beer and Cider Grocery Store Licences.

What’s changing

As part of the Government of Ontario’s efforts to expand Ontario’s alcohol retail market, active beer and cider grocery store licences and beer and wine grocery store licences will be transitioned to a grocery store licence on August 1, 2024. You do not need to apply for a new licence. This transition will happen automatically. You must follow the rules that applied to your beer and cider grocery store licence or beer and wine grocery store licence until July 31, 2024 with one exception; before August 1, 2024, you can, however, keep liquor that you will be allowed to sell on August 1, 2024.

While the official transition remains set for August 1, regulatory changes will permit the sale of ready-to-drink (RTD) beverages as of July 18, 2024.

Visit the selling alcohol in convenience and grocery stores page to learn more about grocery store licences.

Managing your current licence

If your current licence expires before August 1, 2024,  please proceed with your renewal as usual, online using iAGCO. 

Apply

Find information on this page about selling beer and cider, or beer and wine in grocery stores.  

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Manage

Find information on this page about managing your beer and cider grocery store licence, or beer and wine grocery store licence.  

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Wine boutique sales agent endorsement

Learn how to apply for a wine boutique sales agent endorsement.

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