Brunch boozing hours vary by province. A Toronto councillor wants Ontario to catch up

What time is mimosa o’clock? That depends on where you are in Canada.

When you can order a drink with brunch varies by province — and Ontario has the latest start time for serving alcohol in eateries.

A Toronto city councillor wants to change that, on weekends at least.

Coun. Paula Fletcher put a motion forward to city council that would allow restaurants or “primary eating establishments” to serve diners alcohol earlier on weekend mornings.

“They can’t serve a glass of wine with your omelette — or whatever you’re having for breakfast — until 11 o’clock,” Fletcher said.

If the motion passes on Tuesday, city council would request the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario to change serving hours to 9 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, up from 11 a.m. Last call would remain at 2 a.m.

Here’s when you can order a drink with your meal — and when you have to stop — in each of the provinces. (Bars are excluded in the data.)

A chart depicting the various alcohol serving time for restaurants, by province. Brice Hall/National Post

New Brunswick

6 a.m. to 2 a.m.


8 a.m. to 3 a.m.

British Columbia

9 a.m. to 4 a.m.


9 a.m. to 2 a.m.


9 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Newfoundland and Labrador

9 a.m. to 2 a.m.


9 a.m. to 2 a.m.


9:30 a.m. to 2 a.m.


10 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Nova Scotia

10 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Northwest Territories

10 a.m. to 2 a.m.


10 a.m. to 2 a.m.


11 a.m. to 2 a.m.




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