Liquor Retailing in Saskatchewan: Welcome to the New Normal

July 7, 2016, Regina. Today Minister of Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority Hon. Don McMorris provided all 700 plus permit holders in the province with the details of how the new world of liquor retailing will work in Saskatchewan. 

This new direction allows the government to collect the same amount of revenue through a new wholesale markup while correcting many inequities that have existed among the province’s various liquor retailers.  

The new retail model creates a level playing field for liquor retailers.  This means that all liquor retailers in the province will operate with one set of rules.  The SLGA “Commercial Liquor Permittee Manual” details the playing field rules and the how we will operate once the official implementation date occurs. 

These changes include:

·         One licence for all liquor retailers (Retail Store Permit).

·         One wholesale, unified price for all R.S.P’s.

·         The conversion of 40 public liquor stores to R.S.P.

·         Hours of operation, where and from whom you can buy from.

·         Equal access to any mainstream beer products and no restrictions to chilling.

·         SLGA wholesale ordering process and manual.

·         Details of the RFP process for currently available or upcoming permits. 

These change will see commercial permittees like restaurants, sports facilities and convention centers able to purchase products from any liquor retailer, rather than the current requirement that they purchase exclusively from SLGA liquor stores and franchises. 

“This completely changes the liquor retailing world that we live in” said Jim Bence, President and CEO of the Saskatchewan Hotel and Hospitality Association (SHHA).  “There are now 700 options for the consumer to choose from when they want to buy alcohol. This will create significant opportunity for creative operators to offer a much greater selection, quicker availability and very competitive pricing of product.” 

“This day has been decades in the making” said SHHA Chair Glenn Weir.  “We are very excited to play on this new level playing field and do what we do best, compete. When business is allowed to compete fairly for customers, the consumer ultimately wins every time.” 

Implementation date has not yet been set but will likely be in the fall of this year. 

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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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.

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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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