Review delivers flexible new liquor manufacturing policies focused on growth, innovation and efficiency
The Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission (AGLC) is making changes to its manufacturing policies following a comprehensive policy review that resulted in 39 recommendations.
Effective immediately, the AGLC will:
- Eliminate the minimum production capacity requirements to make it easier to begin a manufacturing business and increase the diversification of products being produced in Alberta.
- Expand the types of products that can be produced in Alberta to allow manufacturers to be as efficient as possible in responding to consumer trends.
- Allow off-sales outlets to be operated at the location that best suits individual business needs to provide manufacturers with flexibility in their operations.
Bill Robinson, AGLC's President and Chief Executive Officer, said “This is what our stakeholders have told us they would like to see changed. We’re pleased to respond with policies that are relevant to the industry and will create opportunities for further growth.”
Criminal records checks for liquor licence and registration applicants - November 21, 2013
Starting January 1, 2014 all liquor applicants for a liquor licence (Classes A to E) or liquor agency registration will be required to submit their own criminal records checks as part of their applications. This requirement also applies to prospective new managers of licensed premises.
Conducting proper criminal records checks is vital to ensuring the integrity of the industry. The AGLC is introducing this step at application phase for liquor licence/registration applicants to ensure proper identity verification.
For more information, please contact the AGLC Licensing section at 780-447-8600.
Increasing compliance and keeping liquor away from minors, main goals as AGLC improves enforcement and social responsibility initiatives.
St. Albert… In its commitment to the responsible sale and service of liquor, the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission is bolstering its enforcement of the Under 25 policy. The AGLC is also being more stringent with industry workers who are found in violation of liquor legislation and related policies by requiring them to re-take the ProServe training.
“It is a shared responsibility of the AGLC and the industry to make sure Albertans have full confidence that our liquor model is providing them with safe and responsible service. This is about showing Albertans we are delivering on these expectations, while providing choices they can trust.”
Bill Robinson, President and Chief Executive Officer,
Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission
The Under 25 policy and ProServe are both part of AGLC’s ongoing efforts to reduce liquor-related harms and create environments of responsible liquor sale, service and consumption, which include:
- Education and training for industry workers such as ProServe and ProTect.
- Engagement with industry and stakeholders through Alberta Safer Bars Council and Best Bar None.
- Public awareness campaigns such as Enjoy Responsibly and Every Drink Counts.
- Legislative and policy measures such as minimum drink prices and limits on happy hours.
A part of the AGLC’s mandate is to ensure the province’s liquor industry operates effectively, with integrity and in a socially responsible manner. Strengthening compliance programs and increasing the accountability of liquor industry workers, will help sustain a responsible liquor industry that meets the expectations of Albertans.
Edmonton... 57 bars, clubs, pubs and lounges received Best Bar None accreditation for their commitment to safety and responsible service of liquor. The venues that went above and beyond to ensure a safer and more enjoyable night out for their patrons also won trophies at a ceremony held in Edmonton on November 13.
This year’s winners are:
- Bar/lounge: On the Rocks Restaurant, Bar and Live Music
- Hotel/restaurant lounge: The Duke of Argyll Pub – Four Points by Sheraton South
- Pub: Hudsons Canadian Tap House (South Common)
- Large pub: Hudsons Canadian Tap House(Downtown)
- Club: The Ranch Roadhouse.