Before this past year, Manitoba’s liquor laws essentially dated back to the 1950s. We have now completely modernized these laws.
Not only was it time, but modernizing our liquor and gaming laws provided our government an opportunity to reduce red tape, provide more choices and improve customer service for Manitobans, and maintain a balance that ensures safety and social responsibility.
One of our new initiatives is the introduction of Liquor Mart Express kiosks in select grocery stores throughout the province. We recently opened the fifth such convenient location in the Superstore on Gateway and McLeod, right here in northeast Winnipeg.
This express kiosk is just over 1,000 square feet and stocks a selection of over 500 popular wines, beers and spirits, including products unique to Manitoba. It will be operated by Liquor Mart staff and will encourage responsible consumption while allowing customers the convenience of a one-stop shop for their groceries and alcohol purchases. The Gateway kiosk will operate from Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Another exciting development in our community is the redevelopment of the Northdale Shopping Centre Liquor Mart on Henderson Highway. The redesigned location will include Winnipeg’s second Bottle & Cork bulk wine facility. This allows Manitobans to conveniently mix and match their favourite wines in 12-bottle cases at a greatly reduced price.
Some of the biggest changes we’ve made to Manitoba liquor laws create exciting new opportunities. These include streamlining the number of liquor licences, adding flexibility for special events (such as opening bars and restaurants at 5 a.m. for Team Canada’s Olympic gold medal game), removing barriers to licensing small live entertainment venues, licensing opportunities for spas and salons, and making reporting and regulatory requirements easier for businesses.
By offering people more convenience and selection, while we also encourage responsible use, our government can continue to provide the services Manitobans are asking for.
If you have any questions about our new laws or on another topic, feel free to contact my office at 204-654-1857 or email us at Matt.Wiebe@yourmanitoba.ca