Onex, Union Offer To Buy LCBO For 11 Billion: Report

CTV Toronto | Posted 10.09.2014 | Canada Business

A consortium led by Ontario’s largest union is offering to buy a majority stake in the LCBO for $11 billion, CTV News has learned. The Ontario Pu...

LCBO Campaign Against Pregnant Women Drinking Called 'Offensive'

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 09.18.2014 | Canada Living

An LCBO ad campaign urging pregnant women against drinking resulted in negative press for the crown corporation. The campaign, called "Love Your B...

Raise A Glass To Fine Ontario Wines

Hon. David C. Onley | Posted 08.10.2014 | Canada
Hon. David C. Onley

Today, viticulture is thriving in Ontario, with more than 180 wineries responsible for just over 70 per cent of total Canadian wine production, contributing an estimated $3.3 billion to the province's economy in 2011, many thousands of direct and indirect jobs, as well as $644 million in tourism and tourism employment, according to the Ontario Winery and Grower Alliance of Ontario.

Why I Don't Support The Deregulation Of Alcohol In Ontario

Samuel Getachew | Posted 06.01.2014 | Canada
Samuel Getachew

Beer Store President Ted Moroz recently came out against deregulation, warning that "alcohol prices will increase if the provincial government deregulates the sale of booze". He added, "Drinkers should expect to pay an average of $10 more for a two-four if corner stores are allowed to sell suds".

Liquor Coming To Ontario's Grocery Stores: Report

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 04.01.2014 | Canada Business

Ontario’s Liberal government is planning to allow liquor sales in grocery stores — but only through the existing liquor monopoly. Finance Minis...

Competition Bureau Eyeing The Beer Store

The Globe and Mail | Posted 12.24.2013 | Canada Business

The federal Competition Bureau says it is studying the differences in the beer industry in Quebec and in Ontario, casting an eye on Ontario’s big-br...

Mac's vs. LCBO

CP | Alexandra Posadzki, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.09.2013 | Canada Business

TORONTO - Mac's Convenience Stores Inc. is promising to invest $54 million dollars to build 27 new convenience stores in Ontario if it is granted the ...

Restaurants To LCBO: We Want The 'Diplomat' Discount

CP | Dean Beeby, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.29.2013 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - Ontario's restaurant owners want the province's liquor agency to give them the same deep discounts it gives to the diplomatic community.The L...

Feds Get 49 Per Cent Discount On Booze

CP | Dean Beeby, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.19.2013 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - Ontario's liquor board has sweetened an already sweet deal for the federal government and foreign diplomats as it chops the prices they pay f...

Is Ontario's Liquor Monopoly Targeting Kids?

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 06.26.2013 | Canada Business

Some Ontario parents are accusing the LCBO, the province's monopoly liquor retailer, of having found a sneaky back-door way to advertise to kids: Get ...

Booze In Ontario Convenience Stores?

CP | Maria Babbage, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.26.2013 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa isn't shutting the door to selling alcohol in convenience stores — a move the governing Liberals ha...

No LCBO Strike! Let's Contemplate This With Music

HuffPost Canada Music | Sarah Kurchak | Posted 05.17.2013 | Canada Music

Citizens of Ontario, rejoice! The LCBO strike has been averted. With that haunting specter no longer looming over our heads, we are free to go fort...

Death to the LCBO

VICE | Posted 07.17.2013 | Canada Politics

Canadian-style liquor store setups are exceedingly rare. There are almost no countries that require you to purchase spirits in the manner that we are accustomed to. In Communist China, it's a free-for-all. Almost nobody does it like we do, Canada. We're an outlier. We're a weirdo.


CP | Posted 07.16.2013 | Canada Business

TORONTO -- The Liquor Control Board of Ontario has reached a tentative agreement with its workers, just hours ahead of a midnight strike deadline. ...

Will an LCBO Strike Spark a Private Party?

Samuel Mosonyi | Posted 07.16.2013 | Canada Politics
Samuel Mosonyi

The looming LCBO strike threat has suddenly gotten all sorts of Ontarians anxious about a potentially dry next few days (or weeks). LCBO workers, who are represented by the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU), voted 95 per cent in favour of striking, and the deadline is approaching. Yet a strike is in no one's best interests. Now, this entire scenario would change if the availability of alcohol were to be completely diminished. This inconvenience may cause citizens to want an alternative to the LCBO in the event it is rendered incapable by a strike.

Better Stock Up Now, Ontario

CBC | Posted 07.10.2013 | Canada Politics

The Liquor Control Board of Ontario is encouraging people to stock up early for the first holiday weekend of the summer as unionized employees prepare...

Ontario May Go Dry On May 17

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.24.2013 | Canada Business

TORONTO - Unionized employees of the Liquor Control Board of Ontario say they're prepared to walk off the job next month if they can't reach a fair co...

LCBO Workers Vote In Favour Of Strike

CBC | Posted 06.10.2013 | Canada Politics

Unionized LCBO workers have voted overwhelmingly in favour of striking if contract negotiations break down. The contract for 7,000 worker...

Great B.C. Wines Coming to an LCBO Near You

Natalie MacLean | Posted 03.24.2013 | Canada Living
Natalie MacLean

A number of spectacular wines from British Columbia are hitting LCBO store shelves this month with the January 19 Vintages Release. Here are some you'll see on the shelves.

Ontario Grocers Get Their Drink On

CP | Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.02.2013 | Canada Business

TORONTO - Ontario's Liberal government moved Monday to counter a Progressive Conservative proposal to allow corner stores to sell alcohol by announcin...

A Win(e)-Win(e) Solution for the LCBO

Benjamin Dachis | Posted 02.20.2013 | Canada Business
Benjamin Dachis

Political leaders are again debating what to do with the LCBO. Some want to privatize it. Some want to retain the status quo. Rather than rely on the yearly profits from a single corporation, the government should auction off the right to operate alcohol wholesale operations and retail stores to the highest bidder. This would not be a full privatization, but effectively a franchising.

Will B.C. Wine Laws Intoxicate Ontario?

Erin and Courtney Henderson | Posted 02.17.2013 | Canada Living
Erin and Courtney Henderson

Each time we go to our favourite wine shop in B.C., we'd leave a little bit exhilarated and a little bit saddened. Consoling ourselves over a bottle of a new found gem, we would fantasize about the wine shop we would run back home in Ontario if given the chance, and wonder aloud if our province would ever get with the program as BC had? Fast forward to a few weeks ago, when the Wine Council of Ontario invited us to a briefing to discuss that very possibility. For the last few years, WCO has been conducting studies on the value of opening Ontario's wine market to independent entrepreneurs. Of course, wine and alcohol can be a contentious and divisive issue.

10 Go-With-Everything Wines To Serve Guests

The Huffington Post Canada | Sarah Kelsey | Posted 03.11.2013 | Canada Style

One of the most stressful elements of throwing a party -- outside of the preparation -- is trying to figure out what wine to serve guests. If you're d...

Ontario PCs Would Consider Bringing Booze To Corner Stores

CP | Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.08.2012 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - The Conservatives called on the Liberal government Wednesday to halt a planned expansion of Liquor Control Board of Ontario outlets and let ...

Ontario's Liquor Monopoly Plans Massive Expansion

CityNews | Posted 10.03.2012 | Canada Business

Amid booming booze sales across the province, the LCBO plans to launch its largest expansion ever with 70 new stores set to open in the next two years...