There is a government-imposed moratorium (freeze) on new wine stores and new applications are not being accepted. The moratorium is indefinite. There is no wait list.
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Wine stores operate as a separate retail store and are not located at a winery.
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Current special wine store licensees can submit change jobs and renewals through the liquor and cannabis licensing portal.
For more information, visit online liquor licensing.
If you are a wine store licensee, you can apply for an extra endorsement that lets you sell your products at a tasting-focused food and beverage festival. With this endorsement, you can set up a temporary store at the event.
The festival must be licensed under a Special Event Permit (SEP) and must invite you to attend. Before each event, you must get an event-specific authorization to set up the temporary store.
If you are an independent wine store licensee, you can convert your licence to a Licensee Retail Store (LRS). The application deadline is 4:30 pm on Monday, 31 March, 2025. For more information, read Policy Directive 20-16.
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