ONTARIO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE CALLS FOR MODERNIZATION OF ALCOHOL SALES

Jul 22, 2019

By Gavin Day

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The Ford Government has made it clear of their desire to relax alcohol sales in the province. They’ve advocated for sales in corner stores at the expense of existing agreement with The Beer Store.

Ontario’s chamber of commerce is entering the debate by saying the province should expand online alcohol sales, cut taxes for some wine producers and bolster efforts to curb social harms as it liberalizes booze laws.

A new report says the province has policies and regulations that it needs to modernize.

They also say the province should also cut taxes on Ontario wine and cider that would align it with those who make craft beer.

The report comes on the same day another study suggests alcohol-related health problems are posing a growing burden on Ontario emergency rooms.

Published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, the study finds more than 765,000 ER visits for conditions associated with alcohol in the period from 2003-2016.

In that study, ER visits by women in Ontario rose by 86 percent compared with 53 percent for men.

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