Managing your convenience store or grocery store licence

Find out how to change, renew or transfer an existing convenience store or grocery store licence.

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Key Elements

iAGCO

Applications will open on June 17th. You will need an account to apply on our self-service online portal, iAGCO.

Annual Fees

Convenience Store Licence: $500

Grocery Store Licence: $3,250

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Overview

Existing grocery store licence holders: If you currently hold an active beer and cider grocery store licence or a beer and wine grocery store licence, please visit the Existing grocery retailers page to learn more about what’s changing.


Once you have been issued a licence, it is your responsibility to operate your store and sell alcohol responsibly in accordance with the Liquor Licence and Control Act, 2019, the regulations, standards and requirements established by the Registrar and any conditions attached to your licence. Failure to do so may result in regulatory action such as a warning, monetary penalty, suspension, or revocation of your licence.

Renewal of your licence

The AGCO will remind you by your preferred contact method (email or mail) 60 days before your licence expires. You must apply to renew your licence and submit the right fee before this expiry date. You must apply to renew your licence through the iAGCO portal.

If we have received your application and payment of fees by the expiry date of your licence, you may continue operating until you receive your renewed licence.

Important: Expired licences cannot be renewed.

If the AGCO does not receive your renewal application and payment of fees by the expiry date on your convenience or grocery licence, your licence will expire. It will not be valid anymore.

You’ll have to apply for a new licence.

You may not sell alcohol in your store without a valid licence.

To renew your licence, the AGCO will need confirmation that:

  • If you’ve changed owners, you’ve reported it to the AGCO (if you haven’t, you’ll need to apply for a licence transfer first)

Renew your licence

Transfer of licence

Your licence is issued for a specific convenience or grocery store location. You are responsible for the ongoing compliance with the requirements of the licence. A transfer of licence is required if a different person wishes to acquire the licence.

Transfer of licence to a different person

You can apply to transfer your licence to someone else provided that the regulatory requirements are met, subject to the approval of the AGCO. You’ll need to apply to transfer the licence to a different person. The following documents may be required:

  • Personal Disclosure information for individuals associated with the business entity that have or will have decision-making authority and/or supervisory responsibility with respect to the sale of beer, wine, cider and ready-to-drink beverages in the convenience store or the grocery stores including sole proprietors, partners in partnership, and officers and directors of a corporation.
  • Business Name Registration

Transfer application

Keeping the AGCO informed

You are required to notify the AGCO of any changes to your business, including changes to the ownership and/or management. Further documentation may be required, depending on the situation. Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • If a new individual(s) becomes associated with the business entity that has or will have decision-making authority and/or supervisory responsibility with respect to the sale of alcohol, you are required to notify the AGCO of the change in ownership structure, and new individuals must provide Personal Disclosure information.

Surrendering your licence / closing or selling your business

If you decide to close your business or if you no longer want to sell alcohol, you must surrender your licence to the AGCO and submit a Voluntary Surrender of Licence through iAGCO.

Surrender your licence