Mayor Tory Proposes New License for Cafes That Would Become Liquor Houses

Tory Mayor John Tory is proposing a new arrangement allowing cafés to have liquor licenses longer than the usual three-year lifetime with the ability to extend up to five years if required. If city…

Mayor Tory Proposes New License for Cafes That Would Become Liquor Houses

Tory Mayor John Tory is proposing a new arrangement allowing cafés to have liquor licenses longer than the usual three-year lifetime with the ability to extend up to five years if required. If city council approves the proposal by February 22, restaurants currently wishing to expand beyond a three-year licensing could do so for up to five years.

If council approves the measure, it would mark a new evolution in Canada’s vast liquor industry, with many of the country’s beer and liquor distributors having been purchased by liquor companies since privatization in the 1990s.

“In 2001, it made no sense at all for stores that owned beer, liquor, wine and malt to be forced to acquire more than 100 of the most commonly made beer, wine and malt products,” Mr. Tory wrote in a letter to the city’s mayor and executive committee.

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