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Ontario reduces fees for independent grocers

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Jeff Leal, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, at Galleria Supermarket in North Toronto.

The Ontario government is reducing the regulatory fee required to sell beer, cider and wine by $2,000 per year, representing a 66 per cent savings for qualified businesses.

The action is a first step in Ontario’s plan to reduce fees and other costs for small- and medium-sized businesses. Across the province, there are now up to 208 grocery stores authorized to sell beer and cider. This includes 44 independent grocers that are eligible for the fee reduction.

“We heard from the small business community that the fee to sell alcohol was too high for small grocers. So, we took action. Our independent grocers are a critical component of a prosperous province,” said Jeff Leal, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, and Minister Responsible for Small Business.

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