What it means for the Community:
Greater public safety
Like any good host, Manitoba wants to provide a safe environment for family, friends and visitors. We already have the toughest impaired driving laws in Canada, and the highest ratio of liquor inspectors to licensed premises. Now we’re intensifying our focus on emerging issues and the most persistent alcohol-related problems.
The MLCC is searching for a suitable location for a new satellite Inspections office and is in the process of hiring additional liquor inspectors in an effort to enhance its presence in downtown Winnipeg by 2012. These resources are intended to help build more effective partnerships with police and licensed premises.
Fines for public disorder involving alcohol have more than doubled to $655.65 – the highest set fine for disorderly conduct in Canada.
Changes to the Liquor Control Act make it clear that bar owners are responsible for the actions of patrons outside their premises, as well as inside. They are just as liable if patrons are rowdy or disorderly in the immediate vicinity, such as on the sidewalk or in the parking lot.
If a licensed premises erupts in violence, excessive intoxication or overcrowding, liquor inspectors and police can immediately close the operation for up to 12 hours.
Serving It Safe - Manitoba's mandatory responsible service training program for bar owners, operators, bartenders, servers, and security personnel - has been elevated from a regulation to a legislated requirement. The change permanently recognizes the importance of mandatory training.
The MLCC now has the authority to conduct a safety evaluation in a licensed premises whenever it becomes aware of a safety concern. Under previous rules, the MLCC could only conduct an evaluation when an act of violence resulted in injury or death.
The MLCC can also order specific changes in security devices such as metal detectors, surveillance cameras and ID scanning equipment. These changes could include requirements to protect the privacy of patrons and employees.
In all Liquor Marts, portable defibrillators have been installed and staff trained in their use.
The MLCC is a leader among liquor jurisdictions in social responsibility programming. Now this mandate is set out in law under the amended Liquor Control Act.
In keeping with this renewed commitment to social responsibility, the MLCC has introduced non-alcoholic beverages in Liquor Marts and is exploring the sale of taxi-fare cards.
The MLCC is also building on its award-winning FASD campaign, Be With Child—Without Alcohol, and will conduct an impact analysis on the use of energy drinks mixed with alcohol.