Released on June 6, 2016The Government of Saskatchewan introduced The Liquor Retail Modernization Act, 2016 today to help create a level playing field for all liquor retailers in the province.
“Saskatchewan’s current retail liquor system is an uneven playing field that does not put the consumer first,” Minister responsible for the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority (SLGA) Don McMorris said. “This legislation will even the playing field and usher in the most significant changes that our liquor retailing system has seen in the last 50 years.”
The focus of the amendments is the creation of a single permit for all businesses that retail beverage alcohol in the province. The new retail store permit will apply to existing SLGA stores, rural franchises, private liquor stores and off-sale outlets as well as new operators entering the market.
In November 2015, Government announced changes that will see an expanded private liquor retail system in Saskatchewan. This will include the conversion of 40 government liquor stores to private opportunities and the addition of 12 new retail opportunities.
“These 52 retail opportunities will be awarded through a competitive Request for Proposal process which will be announced in the coming weeks,” McMorris said. “Once implemented, this new liquor retail system will offer consumers more choice, convenience and competitive pricing.”
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Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority