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Party Liabilities

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If you serve, supply, provide or any other way make alcohol available and the person(s) you serve become intoxicated and subsequently injure themselves or someone else, according to the Liquor License Act, the server (supplier, provider etc.) can be held civilly liable for the injured persons. The injured person(s) can claim financial awards, commensurate with the injuries they have sustained.

It is illegal:

  • To serve persons under 19 years
  • To serve persons to intoxication
  • To serve an intoxicated person
  • To drink alcohol in a public place
  • As a server, you are responsible for the safety of the intoxicated person until they sober up
  • Your responsibility extends to the safety of others

Occupiers Liability Act of Ontario

If you host (plan, organize, sponsor etc.) an event on indoor or outdoor premises (property) that you have responsibility for, if someone is injured on the property, according to the Occupiers Liability Act of Ontario, you can be held civilly liable for the injured person(s). The injured person(s) can claim damage awards commensurate with the injuries they have sustained.

Occupiers Liability Act

  1. Occupier is anyone who controls the premise and has the power to admit or exclude entrants.
  2. Occupier must take steps to ensure that all entrants are reasonably safe while on the premises.
  3. If you rent a hall (or other premise) you are a co-occupier.
  4. We've include a Party Smart booklet to help you plan your party.

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  1. Set the ground rules with your teen before the party. Let your teen know what you expect. It is important to stress shared responsibility for hosting the party. This will give both of you a good opportunity to express feelings and concerns.
  2. A parent should be at home during the party. Carefully decide what part of the house will be used for the party. Pick out a spot where the guest will be most comfortable and where you can maintain adequate supervision.
  3. A parent can bring in snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. Not only will your presence help keep the party running smoothly, but it will also give you an opportunity to meet your teen's friends.
  4. Teens frequently party at home when their parents are away. If you must be away make arrangements for quality supervision to ensure protection for you and your teens.
  5. Be alert to signs of alcohol or drug use by teens. Guests who try to bring in alcohol or other drugs, or who otherwise refuse to cooperate with your expectations, should be asked to leave. Be willing to call the police if unwanted guests refuse to leave.
  6. Notify the parents of any teen who arrives at the party drunk or under the influence of any other drug to ensure the teens' safe transportation home. Do not let anyone drive under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.
  7. Notify the police when planning a large party. This will help the police protect you, your guests, and your neighbours. Discuss with the police an agreeable plan for guest parking.
  8. Notify your neighbours that there will be a party. Encourage your teen to call or to send a note to close neighbours telling them about the party.
  9. Limit party attendance and times. Small groups are easier to handle. Make a guest list and send out invitations beforehand. Party-crashing should not be allowed. Setting time limits for the party enable teens to be home at a reasonable time. Avoid open-hour parties. It is difficult for parents and teens to keep control over this kind of party.
  10. Guests should not be allowed to come and go. This will discourage teens from leaving the party to drink or use other drugs elsewhere and returning.


It is illegal to offer alcohol to guests under the legal drinking age or to allow guests to use drugs in your home. You may be brought to court on criminal charges and/or have to pay monetary damages in a civil lawsuit if you furnish alcohol or drugs to minors

Also Remember:

Parents and teenagers should understand beforehand that the above party guidelines are in effect at all parties. Parties can occur spontaneously. Spontaneous and "open house" parties are more difficult to control than planned parties. If, despite all precautions, things get out of hand, do not hesitate to call the police department for help.
We've include a Party Smart booklet to help you plan your party.



Alcohol and Gaming Commision of Ontario (for Special Occasion Permits and other information)

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