Liquor licence: Quebec wants to relax the rules

Permis d’alcool: Québec veut assouplir les règles

QUÉBEC | The government Legault will allow restaurants to deliver the alcohol through third parties such as Uber Eats and their guests can take a drink without having to eat.

Responding to the demands of the restaurant industry, Québec has deposited on Thursday of amendments to bill 61, which will enable the entrepreneurs to adopt new practices in the sale and service of alcohol, in the context of the COVID-19.

In this case, the delivery of alcohol with food of a conservator may be made by an intermediary. Quebec has also enable the alcoholic beverages intended to be transported or shipped may have a different price than those in the dining room.

The minister of Economy, Pierre Fitzgibbon, stressed in a press release that the “modernization” of some of the laws related to the Régie des alcools, des courses et des jeux was made necessary” and that the new measures will help to revitalize the activities of this industry badly affected by the measures taken to limit the spread of the COVID-19.

In the amendments, we also wish to allow that customers can consume alcohol without a meal must be served. Thus, the restaurateurs will be able to continue to sell alcohol, despite the end of the service.

The government Legault also reduce the price of the liquor licence is seasonal and offers regulatory relief in terms of advertising.

The reception has been positive

The canadian Federation of independent business (CFIB) welcomed the amendments, but asked Thursday to parliamentarians “to achieve these measures by adopting a draft law before the end of the session.”

The Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec also expressed satisfaction at the measures, even if she asks for more. “These [changes] will benefit greatly in the areas of catering and tourism, which have, in fact, need it now,” said Charles Billion, president and ceo of the FCCQ.

His organization believes that Quebec can also change the regulations in force, which does not allow a producer to sell his product on the spot if it is higher than a rate of 20 % alcohol.

“This is really a very good step forward for the restaurant industry in Quebec, said of his side, the vice-president, federal Affairs and Quebec, in Restaurants of Canada, David Lefebvre.

“To be able to take a drink without a meal and liquor delivery by a third party, let’s say that these are long-standing requests and the culmination of several years of work,” he added, stressing that there was “no reason that mps will vote against these amendments.”

For his part, the deputy prime minister Geneviève Guilbault has argued that the amendments demonstrate the commitment of the government Legault “to support restaurants affected by the current crisis and facilitating the economic recovery of this key sector, in addition to being beneficial for consumers”.

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