Bar Services (Under Revision)

Approved Administrative Committee 321.1



1. The purpose of this Policy is to state the regulations of the University relating to the purchase, sale, serving and consumption of alcoholic beverages on campus, in premises for which a liquor licence has been issued to the University by the Liquor Licence Board of Ontario. 2. This Policy should be read in conjunction with Procedure No. Conventions and Catering 11-3 and Procedure No. Finance 16-7.


3. Unless a Special Occasion Permit has been obtained, it is prohibited to purchase, sell, serve or consume alcoholic beverages on campus in areas other than those specified on the liquor licence issued to the University, except if such areas are either rooms in student residences or private offices where alcoholic beverages are offered free of charge to a limited number of guests.

4. The purchase, sale, serving and consumption of alcoholic beverages in licensed premises on campus are subject to the Liquor Licence Act of Ontario and the Regulations thereto.

5. Alcoholic beverages may be sold and/ or served on campus only by employees of the University.

6. Any financial transaction, including the payment of salaries and taxes, as well as the purchase and sale of alcoholic beverages, must be carried out by the University according to the existing accounting systems.

7. In order to ensure adequate supervision at all times when alcoholic beverages are sold, served or consumed at receptions held on campus, the Superintendent of the Protection Division, Physical Plant Services, or his representative, must be notified of the date and location of such receptions in advance.


8. Any non-compliance with the Liquor Licence Act and Regulations of Ontario is subject to a heavy fine and to the possible loss of the licence held by the University. It is most important that all concerned be aware of their responsibilities in this regard. They are requested, therefore, to read the two annexes to this Policy attentively. Annex A states the regulations issued for universities by the Liquor Licence Board of Ontario. Annex B contains the provisions of the Liquor Licence Act dealing with beer-drinking contests and civil liability.


9. This Policy applies to all areas on campus that are listed as licensed premises on the liquor licence issued to the University.


10. The purchase, sale and serving of alcoholic beverages on campus must be arranged through Conventions and Catering Services. The Manager of said Services is responsible for the applications of this Policy and is assisted in his task by the Bar Supervisor.


11. No exception may be made to this Policy without the written consent of the Vice-Rector, Administration.

Published October 8, 1975


Bar Services
Services – Bars

(Conventions and Food Services)


(1) Post Secondary educational facility may, within the limitations of the Liquor Licence Act and Regulations and as prescribed by the Board, establish the days and hours when alcoholic beverages may be served in licensed premises.

(2) Where liquor is sold or served in Dining Halls and/or cafeterias, there shall be a sufficient defined area, conveniently located for the serving of meals where no liquor is sold or served.

(3) When a gymnasium or other recreational area is used as a Lounge or Dining Lounge, it must be suitably furnished with tables, chairs, etc. and when used a Dining Lounge, food must be made available. Bleachers or tier seating is not permitted and the licensed rooms must not be used in conjunction with any athletic event in the same area.

(4) Under no circumstances is staff in licensed areas to be paid on a percentage of sales basis. Caterers or students may staff and operate liquor serving bars only when salary is paid for their services.

(5) Licensed premises will not include theatres, foyers of theaters, hallways, rotundas, classrooms, lecture rooms or Board rooms and shall be confined to a completely enclosed area as defined on plans approved by the Board.

(6) Special Occasion Permits may be obtained for the use of outside groups or organizations using the facilities of the University for any educational or study purpose. Applications for the Special Occasion Permits must be made through the administrative office of the University ninety (90) days in advance of the event by writing to the Registrar of the Liquor Licence Board.

(7) Any seminar where there are academic subjects taught to bona fide students or visiting students, or faculty, or staff of other Universities will be considered as a University subject and those attending may use all of the licensed facilities providing they are given proper identification cards entitling them to use the licensed premises.

(8) In cafeterias, the area for the sale and service of alcoholic beverages shall be separate from the sale and service of food.

(9) Food of the snack variety may be served in all premises licensed as a lounge

(10) Entertainment in licensed rooms must be approved by the Board. Application forms for this purpose are provided by the Board, upon request.


It has been brought to the attention of the Liquor Licence Board that beer drinking contests and various forms of demonstrations involving consumption of alcoholic beverages have been conducted at some Colleges and Universities in the Province. These contests and displays contravene the provisions of the Liquor Licence Act and its Regulations, and therefore, must cease forthwith.

Section 68 of the Liquor Licence Act, Chapter 250, (R.S.O. 1970) is quoted hereunder for your information.


“Where any person or his servant or agent sells liquor to or for a person whose condition is such that the consumption of liquor would apparently intoxicate him or increase his intoxication so that he would be in danger of causing injury to his person or injury or damage to the person or property of others, if the person to or for whom the liquor is sold while so intoxicated,

a) Commits suicide or meets death by accident, an action under THE FATAL ACCIDENTS ACT lies against the person who or whose servant or agent sold the liquor; or

b) Causes injury or damage to the person or property of another person, such other person is entitled to recover an amount to compensate him for his injury or damage from the person who or whose servant or agent sold the liquor”