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RFP Open for First Five Retail Liquor Store Permits

Released on July 7, 2016

RFP for Permits in Regina and Saskatoon Closes August 8 - Timeline Released for Remaining RFPs

The application process for retail liquor store permits in the communities of Regina and Saskatoon began today.  Successful proponents will be selected through a Request for Proposal (RFP) process.  There are two opportunities available in Regina and three in Saskatoon.

“This is a big first step as we transition to an expanded private retail liquor system,” Minister responsible for the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority Don McMorris said.  “Today’s announcement covers the first of 50 retail opportunities available in communities throughout Saskatchewan.”

In November 2015, government announced changes that will see an expanded private liquor retail system in Saskatchewan.  This includes the conversion of 40 existing government liquor stores to private opportunities as well as the addition of 11 new retail opportunities.  Conversion of the 51st permit in Melfort will take place in 2019 when its current lease expires.

The RFP documents outline details relating to criteria, process, timelines and other relevant information pertaining to obtaining a retail store permit and can be found at  The successful proponents must also meet the standard terms required to obtain a commercial liquor permit.

“We have had a lot of interest in these new opportunities since first making this announcement last fall,” McMorris said.  “Once fully implemented, we will have a retail liquor system that provides consumers with more choice, more convenience and more competitive pricing.”

Deadline to apply for the Regina and Saskatoon opportunities is August 8.  Any questions about the RFP requirements, process or guidelines should be submitted by email (only) to

The RFPs relating to the remaining communities will be announced publicly and released in stages over the coming weeks to ensure timely and efficient processing of applications.


For more information, contact:

David Morris
Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority
Phone: 306-787-1721

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