Liquor Retailing in Saskatchewan: UPDATE

Implementation Date

Please be advised that the level playing field and the new wholesale price will be implemented on October 9, 2016.  This will be the first date all Retail Store Permittees (RSPs) will be able to order product from the SLGA distribution centre at the new wholesale price. Specific information about the ordering process will be provided in advance of October 9 implementation date.

 Regional Meetings

SLGA will be arranging a number of regional meetings in September to review all aspects of the new Retail Store Permit, Ordering from the Distribution Centre, Special Occasion Permits, etc.  Stay tuned for dates and locations near you. 


Work is underway to finalize the new outbound transportation contract.  SLGA will be in contact with each RSP prior to implementation to discuss delivery frequency and dates. 

We are looking forward to continued discussions regarding the new liquor retailing system at the upcoming regional meetings.  In the meantime, please refer to the attached FAQ document, Retail Store Permittee Chapter, Wholesale Order Manual, and new wholesale price List that was sent out earlier in July.  For your convenience, they are linked below for your reference. 

For Further information contact Jim Bence at 306 - 291 - 3031

Click here to view "SLGA Retail and Wholesale Price Estimates"

Click here to view "Retail Store Permit Chapter"

Click here to view "Wholesale Pricing Structure"

Click here to view "RSP's - July 2016 Update"

Click here to view the "Wholesale Ordering Manual"


By: Daniel Hirschkorn Saskatoon Immigration & Employment Consulting Service Inc. (SIECSI)              

As many employers are familiar with, timelines for applications for temporary foreign workers (L.M.I.A., Labour Market Impact Assessments) submitted to Service Canada for approvals in Saskatchewan remain long.  Taking as long as 18 weeks is not unheard of with some taking even longer.  It is extremely important to point out that one must ensure that at least one ad remains running until a final decision is made on the file. This can create challenges at times as many websites won’t allow ads to run for longer than two or three months.

Fortunately for those seeking summer workers from the Solomon Islands there has been an agreement by Service Canada to process these LMIA applications within 10 business days. And as we all heard at the SHHA convention at the Delta Bessborough Hotel in Saskatoon in May of this year, $1000 will be offered by the government of the Solomon Islands to those employers specifically pursuing these workers.

Changes that are expected in the coming months include some significant changes in the requirements to obtain Canadian Citizenship. Much of the changes that were created in June of 2014 will be undone with the proposed amendments that has so far passed third reading in the House as of June 3, 2016.

The Temporary Foreign Worker program, often a lifeline for many businesses in smaller centres, is again under review. With positive input from industry we can only hope the changes that are forthcoming will be aimed to benefit employers and not further restrict the number of T.F.W.’s that an employer can employ at one time.  

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Government of Saskatchewan Announces Mandatory Server Intervention Training

By June 30, 2016, all owners and managers will be required to have completed the training and new hires must take the training within 30 days of beginning employment.

By June 30, 2017, there must be at least one person on each shift who has completed the training.

By June 30, 2018, all employees involved in the sale and service of alcohol must have completed SIRS.

Responsible Service is Smart Customer Service

Serve It Right Saskatchewan (SIRS) is the official provincial responsible service of alcohol program. It provides consistent training for the sale and service of alcohol, helping commercial and special occasion permit holders to ensure that alcohol-related activities are conducted with integrity and in a socially responsible manner.

Training includes:

ways to identify intoxication

handling situations involving minors

effective approaches to discontinue or refuse to sell or serve alcohol

understanding your legal responsibilities and liabilities


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