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Canada: Commissioner advocates for increased competition in alcohol beverage

 |  August 13, 2019

In an open letter to the Honourable Rod Phillips, Minister of Finance of Ontario, the Commissioner of Competition, Matthew Boswell, wrote that Ontario’s recent review of the province’s liquor policy provides an opportunity to increase competition in an important sector.

Current liquor policy in Ontario limits the number of retailers, and makes price competition more difficult, while also hampering some producers from breaking into new markets.

The Competition Bureau supports the recommendations, made by a special advisor appointed by the government of Ontario, that could provide retailers equal opportunity to sell their products, encourage price competition, and support proper wholesale pricing. The Ontario special advisor outlined his recommendations in the report, “The Case for Change: Increasing Choice and Expanding Opportunity in Ontario’s Alcohol Sector.”

Full Content: Benzinga, Competition Bureau

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