While young people province-wide perked up at the opportunity of free college and university tuition for lower-income students, the newly commissioned provincial budget noted an advance of a lesser productive past time. Imagine. You’ve been at home all day, nursing your last brewski. You are tipsy and can’t drive to the LCBO in order to continue your marathon of beverage consumption. Never fear! The Liquor Control Board of Ontario is rolling out a home delivery severice that allows you to order booze from the comfort of your own couch.

“The LCBO is moving forward by creating a best-in-class e-commerce open marketplace…. It will provide consumers with access to a wider variety of products, as well as the flexibility to order online and pick up products in store or have them delivered to their home,” reads a statement in the 2016 Liberal Budget PDF. It looks like Kathleen Wynne is on the fast track to bringing the LCBO expansion beyond the grocery store and into your home even easier.

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Both China and the UK have employed the use of e-commerce platforms to offer alcoholic beverages, the latter of which expanded by 42% last year. Canada’s advance towards this form of booze distribution would beat the USA to the punch, which has yet to embrace liquor orders via the web.

It’s currently unknown whether or not this service works in tandem with the LCBO’s private order system, which brings rarer beverages in store up to a lengthy six months depending on the product’s point of origin. Penned by Ontario’s Minister of Finance and MPP of Mississauga South Charles Sousa, the budget aims tackle an LCBO home delivery service by mid-2016.


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