The Ontario government has appointed a panel to review the distribution and sale of beverage alcohol in the province, says Finance Minister Greg Sorbara.
“The current system is a patchwork of policies and agreements dating back to the 1920s and the end of prohibition,” Sobara said. “We’re reviewing major public assets and services to ensure they’re operating efficiently and delivering possible benefits to Ontarians.”
The review panel will examine the roles of all participants in Ontario’s beverage alcohol distribution and retail system, including the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO), the Brewers Retail Inc. and the retail wine stores owned by wineries. John Lacey, former vice-chair of the board of the LCBO, is chair of the panel.
The panel received five principles to guide the review, including ensuring responsible reuse and recycling practices. Other principles included safeguarding socially responsible consumption, maximizing value to taxpayers and promoting Ontario’s products.
The panel will review input from the public and stakeholders. The report, which should be submitted in the spring, will also be made public before any decisions are made.
For more information about the panel, visit www.beveragealcoholreview.on.ca.