Mandatory Signage Requirement
The Liquor Licence Act requires certain premises to post signs warning women that drinking alcohol during pregnancy can cause Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.
The warning sign must be at least 8 by 10 inches in size, to be printed in landscape format (horizontally). It must be prominently displayed in all locations where beverage alcohol is sold or where customers brew their own wine or beer for take home consumption. Failure to comply with the signage requirements may result in administrative action by the AGCO.
The following types of premises must post the warning sign:
- Restaurants and bars licensed to sell beverage alcohol (wine, beer and spirits);
- LCBO stores and other retail stores authorized to sell beverage alcohol
(i.e., The Beer Store; wine, beer and spirits manufacturers´ stores, including occasional extensions of on-site winery retail stores within farmers’ markets; grocery stores authorized to sell liquor to the public); and
- Licensed ferment on premise facilities.
To download the mandatory warning sign in English or French, please click on one of the links below and set your printer options for landscape mode:
If you have questions about your obligation under the Liquor Licence Act, please contact the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario at 416-326-8700 or toll free at 1-800-522-2876.