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Sale of liquor in grocery stores approved by City Council

"Over the last few years, we have undertaken extensive public and stakeholder consultation regarding updates to the City's liquor policies," said Kaye Krishna, General Manager, Development, Buildings and Licensing.

April 18 2018 –

At a public hearing last night, City Council voted to approve zoning bylaw amendments that will permit the sale of liquor in grocery stores.

Highlights

  • A new retail definition, "Grocery Store with Liquor Store," will replace the previous definition of a grocery store, which included drug stores.
  • Drug stores will not be permitted to sell liquor.
  • Qualifying grocery stores to sell liquor in their store via a store-within-a-store model.
  • Specific policies and guidelines will be reported to Council in early May.
  • If approved, City staff anticipate accepting applications as of May 14.

"Over the last few years, we have undertaken extensive public and stakeholder consultation regarding updates to the City's liquor policies," said Kaye Krishna, General Manager, Development, Buildings and Licensing. "These amendments not only balance the public's request, but also bring our liquor bylaws in line with provincial regulations."

The City's liquor policy

The approval of these bylaw amendments are the next step to implementing the City's liquor policy recommendations, which were approved by Council in June 2017.

Learn more about our liquor policy.