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Nightlife safety program comes to Wood Buffalo

The region’s bars, pubs, clubs, lounges and casinos are invited to participate in Best Bar None, an accreditation and awards program aimed at improving public safety and rewarding higher customer service in the city’s nightlife industry.

“Everyone in the community has a role to play in helping to curb liquorrelated harm and violence. With its proactive approach to addressing harmful behavior and a focus on providing more enjoyable entertainment environments, we are excited to launch Best Bar None in Wood Buffalo.”
- Bob Couture, Executive Director, Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo Community and Protective Services

Already operating in 120 accredited establishments in Edmonton, Calgary and Grande Prairie, the Best Bar None program aims to reduce alcohol-related problems by:

  • encouraging businesses to adopt best practices related to customer safety and responsible service of alcohol
  • giving businesses the tools to be better prepared for any violent incidents
  • building positive relationships between the industry, enforcement agencies, governments and community.

“Best Bar None is a great opportunity for liquor licensed establishments to adopt some of the industry’s best practices and learn how to be more proactive in their operations. Since launching in Edmonton in 2010, it’s been a great success in Alberta. I encourage all eligible venues to take part in the program and show their patrons their commitment to great customer service and safety.”
- Bill Robinson, President and Chief Executive Officer, Alberta Gaming, Liquor & Cannabis

The program is a partnership between the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Alberta Gaming, Liquor & Cannabis (AGLC) and the community’s hospitality industry.