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Mandatory Signage

Warning Regarding Consumption
of Alcohol During Pregnancy

Ontario - Mandatory Signage Requirement
Effective February 1, 2005

As of February 1, 2005, the Liquor Licence Act requires certain premises to post signs warning women that drinking alcohol during pregnancy can cause Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.

The warning sign must be at least 8 by 10 inches in size, to be printed in landscape format (horizontally). It must be prominently displayed in all locations where beverage alcohol is sold or where customers brew their own wine or beer for take home consumption. Failure to comply with the signage requirements is an offence under the Liquor Licence Act.

The following types of premises must post the warning sign:

  • Restaurants and bars licensed to sell beverage alcohol (wine, beer and spirits);

  • LCBO stores and other retail stores authorized to sell beverage alcohol
    (i.e., The Beer Store and wine, beer and spirits manufacturers’ stores); and

  • Licensed brew-on-premise facilities.

This document provides the mandatory English sign referred to in Regulation 718, Subsection 26.1(1). The sign can be displayed in colour or black and white.  A French sign may also be displayed in colour or in black and white.

To download the warning sign, please click on one of the links below and set your printer options for landscape mode:

English sign:
Black and White  
French sign:
Black and White  

If you have questions about your obligation under the Liquor Licence Act,
please contact the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario
at 416-326-8700 or toll free at 1-800-522-2876.