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Know the Law

Quick Tips on Responsible Service Every Licensee Must Know

In the province of Ontario you can legally serve alcohol at 18 years old, however, you must be at least 19 to legally drink alcohol.

Acceptable Forms of Identification (ID)
The only legally acceptable forms of identification are:

  • Ontario Driver's Licence
  • Canadian Passport
  • Canadian Citizenship Card
  • Canadian Armed Forces Card
  • Bring Your Identfication (BYID) card issued by the LCBO
  • Secure Indian Status Card (Canadian)
  • Permanent Resident Card (Canadian)
  • Any photo card issued under the Photo Card Act 2008

Note: To be legally acceptable all identification must be current and valid.

Hours of Alcohol Service

Liquor may be sold and served in Ontario during the following hours:

Licensed Establishments:

  • Monday to Sunday: 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
  • New Year's Eve (December 31): 11 a.m. to 3 a.m.

Special Occasion Permit Events:

  • Monday to Sunday: 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
  • New Year's Eve (December 31): 11 a.m. to 3 a.m.

Please note: Serving hours remain the same on federal, provincial, and municipal election days.

Mandatory Signs

The Sandy's Law sign, or the sign warning women about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, must be prominently posted in all licensed establishments.

The sign can be printed in black and white, or colour, and must be at least 8 X 10 inches in size.

Failure to post the sign as directed is an offence under the Liquor Licence Act.