Manitobans may soon be able to purchase their alcohol with their groceries after the Manitoba government introduced amendments to the Liquor, Gaming and Cannabis Control Act and the Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries Corporation Act that would enable retail store operators to be licensed to sell liquor as part of a five-year pilot project.
The proposed amendments would create the necessary conditions for a five-year liquor retail pilot project that would be set out in regulation including:
• when the five-year period begins;
• eligible pilot project participants;
• proximity and number of pilot project stores; and
• display requirements for liquor.
Under the proposed amendments, Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries would be able to enter into liquor retail agreements with operators provided the terms of the project are met.
In addition, the definition of a liquor store would be condensed and clarified to mean the premises or that part of the premises specified in a liquor store license where the retail sale of liquor is authorized. The change would provide flexibility when determining who is eligible for a liquor store license and expands eligibility to meet the needs of a pilot project agreement holder.
Participating retailers would have to purchase liquor from Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries.