MANITOBA RESTAURANT AND FOODSERVICES ASSOCIATION FRONT AND CENTER FOR NEW ALCOHOL DELIVERY LEGISLATION

The Manitoba Restaurant and Foodservices Association (MRFA) is proud to have played an instrumental part in bringing innovative new liquor delivery legislation to restaurants and patrons in Manitoba.

Yesterday, Crown Services Minister Jeff Wharton announced that the Manitoba government has introduced new legislation that would amend the Liquor, Gaming, and Cannabis Control Act (LGCCA) to allow more options for consumers by allowing liquor to be sold with take-out and delivery meal service by licensed establishments.

“We are excited to see advancement of this legislation because it is a socially responsible concept that allows for patrons to enjoy a fuller dining experience delivered to their home,” says Shaun Jeffrey, Executive Director of the MRFA.

As the growing trend of food delivery continues to rise, Manitoba takes the lead with this new legislation as the only province in Canada to offer liquor delivery and take-out from restaurants.

Jeffrey says the MRFA is poised to provide key insights to government during the implementation process to ensure the roll-out of this first-of-its-kind legislation is safe and effective for all stakeholders involved.

This legislation is the accumulation of years of consultation between multiple stakeholders with the provincial government and LGCA, the provincial regulator. The MRFA and its members have been an integral voice in the discussion on bringing this legislation to fruition.

 

Read the Province’s press release below:

The Manitoba government introduced legislation that would amend The Liquor, Gaming, and Cannabis Control Act (LGCCA) to allow more options for consumers by allowing liquor to be sold with take-out and delivery meal service by licensed establishments, Crown Services Minister Jeff Wharton announced today.

“For several years, restaurant owners have expressed interest in selling wine, beer and single-serve beverages through food take-out or delivery service,” said 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 in-dining service menu prices, which will link wine and beer retail to the licensees’ meal service.

The amendment also considers social responsibility in serving alcohol, drivers delivering alcoholic beverages will be required to be 18 years of age or older, be certified by the LGCCA’s Smart Choices responsible sales and service program, and conduct mandatory identification checks.

Several private wine stores have indicated they see this as an opportunity to sell more wine to their corporate restaurant customers, noted Wharton, which will also support their economic viability.

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.

Wharton noted this is another step to reduce red tape and to provide more choice and convenience for the consumer and greater opportunities and flexibility for businesses.