Saying the province’s current retail liquor system is an uneven playing field that does not put the consumer first, Saskatchewan liquor and gaming minister Don McMorris is introducing The Liquor Retail Modernization Act to help create a level playing field for all liquor retailers in the province
McMorris says 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.
There have been many different rules for how liquor is sold by government stores, private stores, rural franchises and off-sale outlets.
The amended act would apply to purchasing alcohol for resale at a wholesale price, hours of operation, product selection and chilling of products.
The Saskatchewan Party government has already said it plans to sell 40 of 75 government-owned liquor stores and add 12 new private stores.