Effective August 8, the AGLC is pleased to announce that current restrictions on hours of service, consumption and entertainment on patios has been eliminated.
Liquor service on patios will now be the same as licensed premise hours. Patios will no longer be required to end by midnight followed by a one-hour consumption period. The AGLC will no longer mandate restrictions with regard to recorded music, DJ booths, and live entertainment.
For more information refer to... Patio Hours
Small brewers in Alberta will be able to invest and grow their business, thanks to a new grant that will support local entrepreneurship and economic diversification.
Beginning August 5, Alberta-based brewers who produce and sell no more than 300,000 hectolitres in Alberta annually will be eligible to participate in the Alberta Small Brewers Development Program.
In ongoing efforts to promote local jobs, economic development and trade consistency, the Government of Alberta is updating the markup for beer products sold throughout the province. The President of Treasury Board and Minister of Finance, Joe Ceci, has directed the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission board to set the beer markup to $1.25/L, regardless of the size of the company or location of production. The markup takes effect August 5. The change applies to beer only. For more information please refer to Liquor Markup
Sixty-two venues that follow top service standards were accredited with Best Bar None in 2016. From this group, nine venues also won awards for continuing to raise the bar on customer service and patron safety.
“The AGLC is proud of the Best Bar None participating venues. These establishments continue to raise the bar on service standards and redefine what being the ‘best’ in the hospitality industry means with respect to customer service and safety. Calgarians should take note - these are the places to visit for a fun, enjoyable night out.”
- Shane Loxterkamp, Vice President, Compliance and Social Responsibility.
The AGLC has eliminated the 8 p.m. limit on ‘happy hours’, allowing liquor establishments to offer reduced drink prices at any time during operating hours, provided the prices follow minimum drink pricing guidelines.
“The AGLC strives to make sure our policies support progressive business environments, are in the public interest, and, ultimately, help us deliver on our promise to provide choices Albertans can trust. We recognized the 8 p.m. limit on ‘happy hours’ was not meeting these objectives and, as a result, the limit was eliminated. The new policy responds to industry’s needs and is better aligned with our social responsibility mandate.”
- Bill Robinson, President and Chief Executive Officer
Liquor licensees, please refer to the policy bulletin for details of this policy amendment.
Blanket approval for early liquor service during the Calgary Stampede - June 2, 2016
Businesses on the parade route can contact the AGLC to request early liquor service hours of 7 a.m. for the Parade Day, July 8. Anyone holding a special event with the intention of serving alcohol must apply for a liquor licence. Hours for special events are determined on a case-by-case basis...more
Scratch ticket vending machine trial expands to grocery stores - May 27, 2016
Albertans over 18 can now try self-service technology at four Real Canadian Superstore® locations
The Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission (AGLC) and Western Canada Lottery Corporation (WCLC) want to find out whether Albertans 18 and over are interested in using self-service machines as an additional, convenient way to purchase scratch tickets...more