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Following is a list of useful information and programs administered by the LCBO that involve direct sale to the public.
   
TRADE RESOURCES ONLINE
PRODUCT PACKAGING STANDARDS & GUIDELINES FOR CHEMICAL ANALYSIS
UPC STANDARDS
LCBO AGENCY STORE PROGRAM
SACRAMENTAL WINE VENDORS
ALCOHOL AND GAMING COMMISSION OF ONTARIO
 
UPC STANDARDS
 

The Canadian Association of Liquor Jurisdictions (CALJ) manual, Product Identification Standards for use in the Distribution of Beverage Alcohol, identifies the various types of bar code symbols used for beverage alcohol, their basic structure and the standards for their use. UPDATED May 2004.

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SACRAMENTAL WINE VENDORS
 

In order to meet the needs of various religious groups in Ontario, the LCBO appoints sacramental wine vendors to keep for sale, sell and deliver sacramental wine for use only in religious ceremonies conducted by persons (such as priests, ministers or rabbis) authorized to preside at such ceremonies in a regular place of worship such as a church, synagogue or temple. Sacramental wine vendor authorizations, awarded through an application process, often have a term of two year and an application fee of $100 (to offset LCBO administrative costs).

Sacramental wine (defined as wine only, spirit products of any kind, or liqueurs of any kind, are not permitted for importation or sale) is intended for use in religious ceremonies and may not be sold for use or consumption at any social events, including social events or occasions associated with or ancillary to religious ceremonies whether held on or off the premises of the place of worship. Social events include, without limitation, receptions outside of religious wedding, baptismal, first communion, bar mitzvah, bat mitzvah and ordination ceremonies.

Wine, spirits and other beverage alcohol used for social events must be obtained through a government store. Sacramental wine vendors are not permitted to advertise, promote or market the purchase, sale, keeping for sale or delivery of sacramental wine. Also, they are not permitted to sell sacramental wine that is carried on the LCBO's General List of products.

The business activities of sacramental wine vendors are subject to audit by the LCBO's General Audit Department and oversight by the Policy and Government Relations Department. Oversight can include inspections as well as end-use and spot audits of vendors and their customers to verify that sales are being made to authorized persons for authorized purposes.

Sacramental wine vendors arrange their own direct beverage alcohol importations into Ontario. Each month, they are required to pay a fee to the LCBO equal to 15 per cent of the gross sales of all sacramental wine sold in the previous calendar month. In addition, vendors in the program must remain compliant with certain restrictions regarding pricing, marketing and packaging, for example, ongoing compliance with the LCBO’s minimum price provisions.

 
ALCOHOL AND GAMING COMMISION OF ONTARIO
 

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) regulates the sale, service and consumption of beverage alcohol in licensed establishments to promote moderation and responsible use. It also ensures that casino and charitable gaming is conducted in the public interest, by people with integrity, and in a manner that is socially and financially responsible.

The Registrar of Alcohol and Gaming has the authority under the Liquor Licence Act for regulating and licensing of the following: liquor sales licences and endorsements, brew on premise facility licences, liquor delivery service licences, manufacturers' licences and manufacturer's representative licences.

AGCO is a quasi-judicial regulatory agency that reports to the Attorney General.


For more information on licensing:
Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario
90 Sheppard Avenue East
Suite 200-300
Toronto, Ontario
M2N 0A4
Tel: 416 326-8700
Toll-free in Ontario: 1-800-522-2876
Fax: 416 326-5555
Web site: www.agco.on.ca
E-mail: licensing@agco.on.ca

Business hours:
Monday to Friday
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

 
     
 
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