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Timeline for Change

Changes to the Liquor Control Act have set the wheels in motion for an array of improvements to Manitoba’s hospitality experience. The MLCC is consulting with the hospitality industry to develop guidelines and ensure smooth implementation.

The changes come into effect in stages:

  • The first set of improvements took effect on June 16, 2011, when legislation changes received royal assent.
  • The second set took effect on July 1, 2011.
  • The third set took effect on November 1, 2011 and beyond.
  • Some initiatives will occur throughout 2012.

To learn more about an initiative, click on the bold type in the table below:


As of June 16, 2011

MLCC given the legislative authority to:

Planning is underway to:

Planning is underway for:

  • Brew pub regulations and licensing requirements

Legislative changes have set in law:

Planning is underway for:

Legislative changes have made it illegal to:


Planning is underway for:

Legislative changes have:

Planning is underway for:

Summmer 2011

MLCC invited grocery stores to express their interest in hosting Liquor Mart Express stores

Optional service hours have been expanded for socials, charity fundraisers and weddings

Standardized Sunday hours now in effect

Modernized rules for food-to-liquor ratio

Outdoor advertising now allowed for licensee promotions

Tougher fines for disorderly conduct now in effect

Bar owners now responsible for disorderly conduct outside their premises

Inspectors and police gain authority to close down a premises when public risk is imminent

MLCC gains more authority to address safety concerns in licensed premises

Mandatory Licensing Board hearings for every violation involving underage drinking

Quarterly food-to-liquor reports no longer required to be submitted to MLCC

Fall 2011

The first Liquor Mart Express will open in the Arrivals terminal of the new James A. Richardson International Airport in Winnipeg

As of November 1, 2011:

Planning continues for coolers and ciders to be sold through select retail beer vendors

Portable defibrillators now installed in all Liquor Marts


As of November 1, 2011:

2012 and Beyond


Coolers and ciders available at select beer vendors

Inspections office to open in downtown Winnipeg

New ID requirements for young adults are now enforced

Online application process for social permits will be available through

Interactive business portal on