Ontario Restaurant Hotel & Motel Association

Ontario Restaurant Hotel & Motel Association

October 19, 2006 15:12 ET

ORHMA Supports Reforms to the Liquor Licence Act

Provides improved flexibility and sustainability for the hospitality industry

Attention: Business/Financial Editor, Food/Beverage Editor, News Editor, Travel/Tourism Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor TORONTO, ON--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 19, 2006) - The Ontario Restaurant Hotel & Motel Association (ORHMA) applauds the latest reforms to the Liquor Licence Act announced by the provincial government today as part of the Consumer Protection and Service Modernization Act. The Liquor Licence Act governs the licensing and regulating of the province's 17,000 bars, taverns, nightclubs and restaurants with a goal to promoting the responsible sale and service of beverage alcohol.

Said Terry Mundell, ORHMA President and CEO, "The industry has long been pressing for a review of the province's liquor legislation. On the whole, we believe this package of reforms will offer greater operational flexibility while reducing the administrative burden for our industry."

Key among the government's reforms is the ability to have previously unlicensed areas - such as hallways and washrooms - capable of being added to a liquor licence; implementing a system of fines as an alternative to licence suspensions for certain minor liquor infractions; and easing the administrative burden for the vast majority of responsible low-risk operators.

The ORHMA was one of the major groups instrumental in advising the government's Liquor Licence Act Advisory Group. Continued Mundell, "In recent years, our industry has experienced tough times. There are challenging times ahead. We are pleased that the government has listened and responded to recommendations put forward on behalf of the industry - recommendations that will help sustain us now and in the future. We look forward to our continued partnership with government in its goal to modernize Ontario's liquor laws."

At 4,100 members and over 11,000 establishments, the ORHMA is Canada's largest provincial, not-for-profit, hospitality industry association representing the interests of Ontario's foodservice and accommodation sectors. Hospitality industry sales in Ontario exceed $18 billion and directly employ 411,000 Ontarians. The ORHMA is dedicated to fostering a positive business environment for Ontario's hospitality industry while providing value-added services to its members.
/For further information: For further information, please contact Sonia Richards at (905) 361-0268, ext 322./ IN: FOOD, POLITICS, OTHER

Contact Information

  • Sonia Richards, Ontario Restaurant Hotel & Motel Association
    Primary Phone: 905-361-0268 ext. 322
    Toll-Free: 800-668-8906