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Published on November 8th, 2017 | by OBN Staff

Ontario scores D- in provincial liquor policies report


Toronto – Restaurants Canada has released its 2017 Raise the Bar report – a review of prices, taxation, and rules on provincial liquor policies across Canada.

High prices, unfair taxation and outdated rules continue to frustrate Canada’s bar and restaurant owners, says Restaurants Canada. The report calls on the federal government to improve Excise tax and Interprovincial trade in addition to better wholesale pricing and delivery and ordering options.

“Ontario is the largest buyer of alcohol in the world, but bar and restaurant owners see none of the benefit and in fact fare worse than their counterparts in many other provinces,” says Steve Virtue, Restaurants Canada’s interim vice president, Ontario. “Through its liquor reforms over the past two years, the government has provided more incentive for consumers to stay home, rather than enjoy a night out at a bar or restaurant.”

Raise the Bar rankings:

ProvinceGrade
AlbertaB
QuebecB-
Nova ScotiaB-
P.E.I.B-
British ColumbiaC
ManitobaC
SaskatchewanC-
OntarioD+
New BrunswickD
NewfoundlandD-

Canada’s bars and licensed restaurants represent 48,000 businesses, directly employ 560,000 Canadians, and generate $8.2 billion a year in economic activity, 97% of which goes back to the community through wages, benefits, business purchases and charitable donations, according to Restaurants Canada.

View the report.

 

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