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Modernization Efforts

For nearly 25 years, AGLC has been dedicated to modernizing Alberta’s gaming, liquor and now cannabis industries. It continues to seek stakeholder feedback to ensure policies are meeting industry’s needs.

AGLC’s modernization efforts demonstrate our deep commitment to a modern regulatory environment that supports consumer choice, innovation and economic growth. See below for a list of AGLC’s modernization efforts over the past two years.



January 6
CTCOG/RECTCOG Phase II (additional changes to the CTCOG and RECTOG). Included: Remove AGLC approval for registered gaming uniforms, no prior AGLC approval to host tournaments for table games, etc.

February 21
Entertainment Policies - reduced requirements for policies governing entertainment at licensed establishments

March 17
Class A Offsales



January 1
The Board approved an increase to casino advisor fees (not really red tape reduction but potentially “enhancing business opportunities” for advisors)

March 11
Amended Special Event Licensing policies (e.g., simplified security requirements, simplified food requirements)

April 1
Bingo Transition Strategy – transfers conduct and management for electronic bingo from AGLC to facility licensees (provides licensees with greater control over their bingo program)

June 6
Amended policy to accommodate cash deposits for lottery and vlt retailers as opposed to requiring Irrevocable Letters of Credit (ILOCs)

July 30
Host First Nations policies – simplified the process related to safety programs (written support from RCMP or police services no longer required for on-reserve community safety programs). Also permitted HFNs to use proceeds to cost-recover fundraising activities

July 31
Clarification of Public Resale SEL requirements (reminded stakeholders that fencing is not a requirement)

August 1
Accommodate entry fees for slot tournaments in casinos and RECs (stakeholders had asked for this)

September 10
Expanded non-cheque payment options for charities (now includes credit card, bank draft, EFTs, PADs) in addition to cheques

September 26
Made RTR changes to Casino Terms and Condition and Operating Guidelines (CTCOG) and Racing Entertainment Centre Terms and Conditions Operating Guidelines (RECTOG) – provided more flexibility to licensees and removed requirements (e.g., game managers no longer have to work opening and closing, removal of requirements related to Blackjack and Mini Baccarat tables)

November 4
Expanded the type of businesses that could apply for a Class B licence (e.g., funeral homes)

December 3
Alberta breweries able to use any authorized beer warehouse to store and distribute their products, not just the central warehouse privately operated by Connect Logistics

December 3
Reduced requirements related to Class D delivery service records for liquor



March 8 - Liquor Licences: Spas, Salons, Barbershops 
Liquor licensing in spas, salons and barbershops created an opportunity to enhance their customers’ esthetic experience.

March 15 - Gaming Proceeds
Amended the percentage of gaming proceeds that could be used to pay for facilities for certain groups where the need was identified. Changes made to the Charitable Gaming Policies Handbook.

March 21 - Liquor Tastings
Liquor tastings – allowed retail liquor stores to recover the cost of food

August 7
Clarified policy related to contract and collaboration manufacturing based on stakeholder input and made some adjustments to create business opportunities

October 17
Amended policy to permit liquor manufacturers to infuse liquor

October 19
Created a licence class supporting Ferment on Premises opportunities (also known as U-Brew / U-Vin.

November 14
Implemented a small brewer markup to support small liquor manufacturers

December 1
Clarified policy related to “aid of the distressed” to increase opportunities for charitable organizations to utilise use of proceeds for this item

December 1
Increased the total ticket value for small raffles from $10,000 to $20,000 creating more opportunity for…

December 1
Reduction of bingo event licence fees and pull ticket licence fees