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For nearly 25 years, AGLC has been recognized as a regulatory leader in Alberta’s gaming, liquor and now cannabis industries. AGLC continues to seek stakeholder feedback and implement improvements to ensure policies are meeting industry’s needs.
AGLC’s continued dedication to reviewing and updating policies demonstrates 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 achievements over recent years.
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More flexibility for commercial bingo
Recent amendments to the Commercial Bingo Handbook will provide licenced charities with eased regulations and additional flexibility. The amendments include:
- Aligning background check requirements for key positions to other registered gaming workers.
- Discontinuing the need for audio/video recording equipment to be supplied purchased, repaired, and/or modified by a registered gaming supplier.
- Reducing the required recording requirements for all areas except cashier stations.
These changes also include the removal of duplicate or redundant policies from several subsections.
Expedited licensing process for liquor agencies
Following recent amendments to the Liquor Agency Handbook, liquor agency registration applicants are no longer required to submit business plans with their application for registration. Updating policy by removing this requirement reduces administrative burden and expedites the licensing process and potentially saves costs for applicants.
Complimentary sealed liquor samples for consumption
To support additional promotional opportunities for liquor manufacturers and agencies, amended policy now enables complimentary sealed liquor samples for consumption at home. Consumers can be provided only:
- one complimentary sealed 355 mL sample of beer, cider or refreshment beverage;
- a 200 mL sample of wine; or
- a 50 mL sample of spirits.
In conjunction with AGLC’s commitment to social responsibility, provisions for staff training, municipal approval, serving size regulations, as well as a single sample limit and specific rules around consuming samples are outlined as part of this policy.
Liquor manufacturers to store finished product
AGLC has amended policy to accommodate Class E licensees (manufacturers) to store finished product off-site from the manufacturing facility. This amendment will assist liquor manufacturers in operating more efficiently and provide additional capacity to store finished goods. Off-site storage must be secure, located in Alberta and authorized by AGLC inspectors.
Simplified licensing for limousines and large format bikes
Following a consultation with police services across Alberta, AGLC simplified licensing processes for limousines and large format bikes. Through this process, AGLC heard that paper liquor licences are sufficient and that liquor licence identifier decals are no longer required for licensed vehicles.
Farmers and seasonal markets eligible for liquor licenses
Permanent or seasonal farmers’ and artisan markets are now eligible for liquor licensing, within a defined liquor service area.
Hotels may now provide complimentary alcoholic beverages
Hotel operators that wish to offer unique liquor service experiences to their guests as an enhancement to their hotel stays may now provide complimentary alcoholic beverages for hotel guests and all-inclusive hotel packages. Amendments create new business opportunities for the industry, as it emerges from the challenging circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic and weakened economy, and reduces red tape.
Liquor and cannabis retailers and establishments to open Christmas Day
AGLC created the opportunity for licensees of retail liquor and cannabis outlets and minors-prohibited establishments to open on Christmas Day. With this policy amendment, licensees can make business decisions that best support their business and their consumers’ interests.
Domestic breweries have more options to store and distribute products
Domestic breweries are able to use any authorized beer warehouse to store and distribute their products, not just the central warehouse privately operated by Connect Logistics.
Reduced requirements for liquor delivery service records
AGLC has reduced requirements related to Class D liquor delivery service records. Previously, licensees were required to record information when liquor deliveries were made to individuals who appeared under 25 years old, and they were required to complete Delivery Order Slips listing required information for each order and keep the slip for at least one year.
More support for small liquor manufacturers
Implemented a small brewer markup to support small liquor manufacturers. Small liquor manufacturers with an Annual Worldwide Production (AWP) of 50,000hL or less of beer are eligible to apply for a reduced markup program.
Increased opportunities for charities
Clarified policy related to “aid of the distressed” to increase opportunities for charitable organizations to utilise gaming proceeds to bring aid to the distressed.
More opportunities for charitable groups to fundraise
Increased the total ticket value for small raffles from $10,000 to $20,000, creating more opportunity for charitable groups to fundraise.
Reduced licence fees for bingo events and pull-tickets
Reduced bingo event licence fees and pull-ticket licence fees.
Customers to make their own beer, wine and ciders on-site
Created a licence class supporting Ferment on Premises opportunities for customers to make their own beer, wine and ciders on-site within licensed facilities (also known as U-Brew / U-Vin).
Liquor manufactures may infuse liquor to create specialty drinks
Amended policy to provide opportunities for liquor manufacturers to infuse liquor with flavouring agents like herbs, spices and fruit to create specialty drinks and cocktails.