PCs introduce bill to allow restaurants to deliver beer and wine

October 29, 2019 at 11:47 am

Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Houston will today introduce legislation that allows customers to add beer or wine to their meal when they use food delivery services like Uber Eats and Skip the Dishes.

“More and more, customers are choosing to order meals to their homes,” said Houston. “This bill modernizes the laws so that customers can order a bottle of wine or beer with their meal the same way they would if they were eating at a restaurant.”

An amendment to the Liquor Control Act will extend “approved carriers” of liquor to include online food ordering and delivery services, or eating establishments that are licensed. This amendment would require the deliverer to verify that the customer is of legal age.

“We’ve heard from the restaurant community that this modernization is something that both customers and restaurant owners are looking for,” said Houston. “The government should not prohibit adults from ordering a beer or wine with their restaurant deliveries.”

Restaurants Canada applauded the Manitoba government’s recent decision to allow restaurants to deliver alcoholic beverages, stating that it will “improve operational realties” for foodservice businesses.

“Restaurateurs need to serve their customers the way they want to be served,” says Bill Pratt, President of Chef Inspired Restaurants. “Off premise sales have exploded and restaurateurs, customers and the NSLC are missing out by not allowing beer or wine to be sold with meals from these liquor licensed establishments.”

This legislation would cap the sale of liquor via delivery to 750 ml of wine or six cans/bottles of beer per entrée delivered.