WINNIPEG — The Manitoba government has introduced legislation that would amend The Liquor, Gaming, and Cannabis Control Act (LGCCA) to allow liquor to be sold with take-out and delivery meal service by licensed establishments.
“For several years, restaurant owners have expressed interest in selling wine, beer and single-serve beverages through food take-out or delivery service,” says Crown Services Minister Jeff Wharton. “This is a win-win for businesses and customers as restaurants will now be able to expand their business and offer an additional service to customers.”
Liquor delivery and take-out orders would be linked to meal orders and offered by licensed establishments whose primary business is food, such as restaurants. Liquor pricing will be the same as dine-in menu prices, which will link wine and beer retail to the licensees’ meal service.
The amendment also requires drivers delivering alcoholic beverages to be 18 years of age or older, be certified by the Liquor, Gaming and Cannabis Authority of Manitoba’s Smart Choices responsible sales and service program and conduct mandatory identification checks.
The proposed legislation would also amend The Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries Corporation Act to remove the current reference to ‘beer’ under the distributor section, which limits distribution for private distributors, and replaces it with ‘beverage alcohol categories.’ This will allow third parties to dispense a wider variety of product to licensed vendors, including private wine stores and hotel beer vendors, by agreement with Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries.