The Liquor License Act (LLA), R.S.O. 1990, c. L.19 is primarily responsible for establishing licensing and the safe and responsible use of alcohol in Ontario. Additionally, the Act establishes the legal requirements for the sale, purchase, brewing, and consumption of alcohol in the province. Licensing and brewing are highly regulated, and compliance is largely achieved through orders and threats of revocation of permits. As such, most administrative or non-compliance matters are dealt with through administrative monetary fines. Anyone convicted on an offence under the LLA faces the possibility of a maximum fine of $100,000, up to a year in jail, or both. Corporations convicted under the Act face a maximum fine of $250,000. However, corporations involved in the sale of alcohol to a minor are liable to a fine of up to $500,000. Individuals convicted of selling alcohol to a minor may receive a fine of up to $200,000 or face imprisonment of up to one year, or both a fine and imprisonment.
There are over 130 charges prescribed for offences under the LLA and its corresponding regulations. To be able to effectively represent our clients, we will conduct a comprehensive review of the responsible-use provisions and the requirements of operating a licenses establishment when preparing a defense.