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Is it a Crime to Drink in Public?

Canadian liquor laws are constructed provincially and not federally. However, the Government of Canada considers a beverage alcoholic in nature if it contains 1.1% or more alcohol by volume. The type of liquor you are consuming is irrelevant, it’s where you are drinking it and how it affects you that matters. In the province of Ontario drinking in public and public intoxication are serious offences. It is a crime to have an open container in a public space, and that charge comes with a fine. Similarly, if you are caught in a state of public intoxication you will also be fined and detained until sober. Moreover, the Alcohol and Gaming Regulation Act is an Ontario provincial law that prohibits being drunk in a public place. With the exception of Quebec, it is a violation of provincial acts and municipal bylaws to drink in public in most Canadian provinces. You are,…

8 Apr 2015