Canadian Pizza Magazine

Move to private retail liquor sales in Saskatchewan positive, says Restaurants Canada

By Canadian Pizza   

News liquor saskatchewan

Regina – Restaurants Canada applauds the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority’s plan to move to a private retail system for liquor sales.

The announcement comes as welcome news to bar and restaurant owners, given that Saskatchewan scored D+ on Restaurants Canada’s recent Raise The Bar report card on provincial liquor policy, and puts the province on track for a better grade in 2016, Restaurants Canada said in a news release.

The Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority changes include:

  • 40 government-owned liquor stores will be converted to private ownership, and an additional 12 new stores will be added.
  • All retailers will have the same wholesale prices and operating hours, and can sell any type of chilled product to public and commercial entities.
  • Licensed restaurants and bars will have access to a greater choice of products.
  • Licensed restaurants and bars will not have access to wholesale pricing.

“This is the most significant change in retailing of liquor in this province since Prohibition,” said Restaurants Canada Vice-President Manitoba/Saskatchewan Dwayne Marling. “That’s a big improvement for our members and their customers. Our next step is to table wholesale pricing for restaurants. Given this impressive first step, we are optimistic this can happen.”


Print this page


Stories continue below