The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) issues licences that allow a manufacturer of alcohol to sell its products to the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) for sale or distribution in its system or by other approved means.
It is important to keep in mind that the AGCO’s licence is NOT a licence to manufacture beverage alcohol. The Excise Act and the Excise Act, 2001 (administered by the Canada Revenue Agency) require that a person obtain a licence under those federal statutes prior to producing or packaging wine, beer and/or spirits in Canada. Visit the Canada Revenue Agency’s website for more information or you may telephone them at 1-866-667-9851.
All alcohol-related transactions with the AGCO can now be completed online through the iAGCO web-based portal.
The services being introduced in this new phase online will also continue to be offered through the traditional, paper-based transactions for a transition period of approximately one year. At the end of the transition period, all transactions will be offered online only. Please note that processing times may be longer if an application is submitted by paper.
Transactions introduced online during the first phase of online services are not offered through the traditional paper-based, and can be found through the iAGCO portal online.
New licence term options are now available when applying for and renewing licences or authorizations. Licensees are now able to select a two or four year term duration, with fees payable to match the length of the term. For a description of the new fee structure, please visit the Alcohol Licensing Fees page.
Please note that your licence renewal application will not be processed if your establishment owes money to the Ministry of Finance (retail sales tax). It is your responsibility to contact the Ministry of Finance at 1-866-668-8297 to determine if you owe any money. If you do, you must make arrangements to pay the outstanding amount.
If your manufacturer’s licence has expired, you must complete and submit a new manufacturer’s licence application. This will result in you receiving a new licence number.
Manufacturer´s licences are issued to individuals, business partnerships or corporations, for operation at a specific location. The owner - as licensed with the AGCO - is responsible for the ongoing operation of the licence.
Changes in ownership (commonly referred to as licence transfers) must be approved by the AGCO. An application must be submitted for approval before the change is made.
Licence transfers fall into two general categories:
- a 100% change in ownership from that currently registered with the AGCO; or
- a partial change in ownership from that currently registered with the AGCO.