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What We Do: Alcohol

Retail Store Authorization

Manufacturer´s Retail Store Authorization

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) is responsible for the authorization of Manufacturer´s Retail Stores. This includes retail stores operated by licensed Manufacturers (i.e., On-Site Winery Retail Stores, Off-Site Winery Retail Stores, On-Site Brewery Retail Stores, On-Site Distillery Retail Stores) and Brewer's Retail Stores ("The Beer Store").

This authorization allows a manufacturer to operate a store for the retail sale of beverage alcohol made by that manufacturer which meets specified criteria. The eligibility criteria and requirements for each type of store are outlined in the Information Packages available below.

For more detailed information about a Manufacturer´s Retail Store Authorization and related applications, download our "Brewery Retail Store Information Guide", "Winery Retail Store Information Guide" or "Distillery Retail Store Information Guide" located at the end of this page, where you will also find all relevant application forms in PDF format.

Mandatory Server Training

Staff at on-site and off-site manufacturer retail stores who are involved in the sale, service, and/or sampling of alcohol must have successfully completed server training approved by the AGCO Board as of the start of work.

Application Process

In late spring 2017, the AGCO will begin rolling out online services in multiple phases and liquor manufacturers will be among the first to benefit.

Read the information bulletin for more details.

PDF Instructions

New and updated PDF forms on this site can be filled-in and saved locally to your PC. This updated feature preserves all of the information you have filled in, however, version 6.05 or later of Adobe Reader® is required.  Download Adobe Acrobat Reader®

Application Forms and Guides

Important Application Reminders

  • For PDF forms completed online or offline, please ensure ALL the input information has printed out on your application.
  • For PDF forms filled-in by hand, please ensure you PRINT legibly in ink.
  • Please ensure ALL required questions are completed. Incomplete, improperly completed or unsigned applications will be returned to applicant.
  • Do not email application forms. Mail application(s) along with ALL supporting documents to:

    Alcohol and Gaming Commission
    Licensing and Registration
    90 Sheppard Avenue East, Suite 200
    Toronto, Ontario M2N 0A4

Please read the "Instructions" portion of the application(s) for supporting document requirements.