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We’re working hard to make life easier for restaurant and bar owners. The laws that apply to your industry are well overdue for an update. The good news is that we’ve convinced the government to take action! The recent modernization of alcohol permits is just one example of what we’ve accomplished so far, but there is still work to be done.
Restaurant no-shows: a bad habit that needs to be broken
No-shows are common in the restaurant industry: a customer reserves a table in your restaurant, but fails to show up. This bad habit has turned into a costly problem, so we took the issue on and are pushing the government to allow restaurants to charge a no-show fee.
A welcome modernization of alcohol permits
Thanks to our advocacy work, in February 2018 the government introduced Bill 170, which contains several measures intended to streamline the alcohol permit system. The bill was adopted on June 12, 2018.
A few provisions that are relevant to you:
Beginning on July 1, 2018:
By June 12, 2020:
The effective date for the following measures has yet to be determined:
We are advocating for a business-friendly culture shift within the Régie des alcools, des courses et des jeux to make your future interactions with the Régie smoother.
One step closer to a single permit
For many years, you have had to hold an alcohol permit for every room or terrace in your restaurant or bar. Thanks to our efforts, we’re closer than ever to our goal of one permit per establishment. As of October 1, 2017, the Régie des alcools, des courses et des jeux issues one permit in each category that applies to your business.
Consider for example a restaurant that serves alcohol with a meal, but also serves alcohol without a meal in its bar area. This configuration used to require five alcohol permits, but now requires just two: one for the restaurant area and one for the bar area.
|Area of the establishment||Permits previously required||Permits required as of October 1, 2017|
|Dining room 1||1|
|Dining room 2||1|
(with meal service)
|Bar area of|
dining room 1
|Bar area of|
dining room 2
|Total permits required||5||2|
Lend your voice to this fight! Call your CFIB Counsellor; your experiences are a great help to us during negotiations with the government.