I am moving to Alberta – can I bring my collection of liquor with me?
Yes, you may bring your personal collection of liquor with you to Alberta. Please note that specific reporting requirements and applicable charges are associated with bringing in liquor products into the province. This guide offers more information about the requirements related to moves with personal liquor products.
What is the AGLC’s role is licensing “safe grad” parties?
The AGLC does not licence ‘safe grad’ after-parties.
In April 2011, the AGLC advised all liquor retail outlets, including hotel off-sales, not to issue Special Event liquor licences for functions such as bush parties, or after hour 'safe grad' parties.
Special Event licences are issued to bona fide graduation banquets and dances for the provision of liquor service and consumption to those individuals at least 18 years of age.
Special Event licencees have the same responsibilities as other liquor licencees regarding safe and responsible liquor service, hours of service, limiting service to adults, 18 and older and preventing liquor service to intoxicated patrons. AGLC inspectors are responsible for inspecting licensed premises and events. The AGLC is consistent with other provincial jurisdictions regarding the prevention of liquor service to minors.
Are minors allowed to perform as entertainers in minors prohibited premises?
Anyone under the age of 18 is prohibited from working in a Class A Minors
Prohibited premises in any capacity, including as an entertainer. Minors are permitted to perform in licensed premises where minors are allowed, such as restaurants, recreational facilities and cultural or music clubs.
role does the provincial government play in Alberta's privatized
The AGLC administers
and enforces the Gaming and Liquor Act and Regulation, including
maintaining liquor policy, and collects the government’s
flat mark-up on beverage alcohol.
and distribution of liquor is privatized. Suppliers and agents
must register with the AGLC, and are responsible for all aspects
of ordering, consolidation, shipping, and marketing.
Any liquor products
sold in Alberta must be registered with the AGLC. More information
is available from Connect
Logistics Services Ltd.
is the legal drinking age in Alberta?
18 years of age.
hosting an event at which liquor will be served. How do I get
a liquor licence?
Information on special
event liquor licences is available on the Special
Events Liquor Licences page of this Web site.
do I purchase liquor that is not available in Alberta?
If you have discovered a wine, beer or any liquor product while travelling, visit www.liquorconnect.com to view a list of available products in Alberta, or to learn how to get the product in Alberta with the help of a local retailer or liquor agent.
Can I bring liquor back from my vacation outside Alberta?
Adult Albertans who travel to other provinces can bring home liquor of any kind for personal consumption. There are no limits on quantity or frequency as long as the liquor accompanies the individual and is for the individual's personal use. Read more on personal importation of liquor from other provinces.
An adult may bring back from another country no more than 45.45 litres of liquor in any 90 day period. Federal duty, provincial mark-up and GST will be payable on alcohol over the returning resident's personal exemption.
For more information on importing liquor into Canada, visit the Canada Border Services Agency.
Can I serve out-of-province liquor at a wedding?
Special Event Licences required for wedding receptions state that the licence must be displayed at the event and that receipts must be attached proving that the liquor was legally purchased in the province of Alberta. For example, you cannot serve liquor purchased outside Alberta at your wedding reception, it can be only be consumed in your private residence.
liquor be purchased online in Alberta?
Yes. AGLC policy
allows licensed retail liquor stores to advertise their products
on the Internet and allows customers to place orders on-line.
These orders must be delivered by the retailer or a Class D licensee
(e.g., delivery service). The licensee is responsible for not
selling/delivering to minors or intoxicated persons.
AGLC policy does
not allow 'virtual' or 'e-commerce'-only liquor stores. All licensees
must have a physical store location.
Visit LiquorConnect.com to see which Alberta retailers offer online order services.
are minimum drink prices?
Minimum drink prices
are rules designed to make Alberta's drinking establishments
safer for staff and patrons. These rules eliminate cheap drink
specials, regulate the duration of ‘happy hours’ and
limit last-call drink orders in licensed premises. The then (2008) Solicitor
General and Minister of Public Security Fred Lindsay explained
these rules “...are not meant to interfere with responsible
patrons – they are designed to limit the liquor consumption
of those drinkers who don’t wish to set their own limits.”
1, 2008, the following Minimum drink prices were enacted:
|Spirits and liqueurs
$ 0.35/oz. ($1.75/5
$ 0.16/oz. ($3.20/20
|Beer, cider or coolers
in cans or bottles
$ 2.75/12 oz. bottle
may reduce the regular menu price of drinks, but drinks
can not be sold for less than the regular menu price after
8 p.m. At no time, even during ‘happy hours’,
can a drink be sold for less than the new minimum price.
maximum number and size of drinks that may be sold or served
to a patron after 1 a.m. is limited to two standard servings
per order – one standard serving is one ounce per
highball or one bottle or can of beer. Also, a patron can’t
have more than two drinks in their possession after 1 a.m.
minimum drink prices apply to private events?
There are two types
of Special Event liquor licences that deal with private events
such as weddings, community parties or team fundraisers:
- Private Resale Licence: Allows a licensee
to sell liquor to guests at a private event.
The event organizers are free to set whatever price for liquor
they feel is appropriate.
- Private Non-Sale Licence: Allows a licensee
to provide free liquor to guests at a private
event. The licensee is not allowed to charge any money for
There are a number
of other conditions that licensees must follow in regard to hosting
a licensed event. These conditions are printed on the back of
the licence. Special Events licences can be purchased at most
retail liquor stores. The person who is purchasing the licence
must choose between Private Resale and Private
Non-Sale at the time of purchase.
We are considering having a “toonie bar” for
our wedding reception at a community hall. Do the new
rules for minimum drink prices apply to us?
|A: The minimum drink
price policies that went into effect in Alberta on August
1, 2008 do not apply to liquor sales or service under a Special
Event liquor licence.
staff working at a licensed establishment consume liquor while
Licensee staff may not consume liquor or be under the influence of liquor or drugs while on duty. However, it is acceptable for staff to consume an alcoholic beverage after their shift ends, and for the Board-approved manager/owner of the licensed premises to consume an alcoholic beverage while entertaining a client. For more information, please read section 5.3.18 of the Liquor
can I find information on the different types of liquor licences
required in Alberta?
Go to the AGLC's Liquor
I serve homemade wine at my wedding/reception?
No. Under legislation,
homemade wine, cider, and/or beer may not be served or consumed
at any licensed function. Homemade products can only be legally
served in a private residence.
Are U-Brews and U-Vins permitted in Alberta?
Current legislation in Alberta does not allow for U-Brews (self-making beer
stores) or U-Vins (self-wine making stores) in Alberta. The Gaming and Liquor Act does permit an adult to make up to 460 litres of beer
or wine in the adult’s residence for personal consumption. The legislation is very specific in that the beer and wine must be produced in the adult’s residence.
am interested in importing and distributing liquor products into
Alberta. How do I go about this?
Only AGLC registered
liquor agencies are authorized to import a supplier’s product.
You may contact the AGLC at 780-447-8600 (in Alberta, dial 310-0000
for toll free access) to receive a Liquor Agency Information
Package, which contains:
- information outlining the requirements for the registration
of a liquor agency
- current legislation governing liquor products
- policy guidelines on liquor advertising and product promotions
- Canadian labelling requirements (followed in Alberta)
- quality and health standards
- New Product Information Form (used to register a new product)
- how to calculate the wholesale price of your products, and
- how the warehouse is operated and the associated charges
To become a registered
liquor agency in Alberta, the applicant must have a Canadian
company and be incorporated in Alberta. If the company is outside
Alberta, you must obtain extra-provincial registration or be
registered under the Business Corporations Act of Alberta. There
is a $200 non-refundable fee to register a liquor agency.
I work for a registered liquor agency. Where can I find AGLC's
- New Product Registration Form and/or
- AGLC's Price Change Request Form?
There are three options:
- A hard copy of either form can be mailed or faxed to you by calling 780-447-8833
- Electronic versions of the forms can be sent via email to you. Please submit a request to:
a) firstname.lastname@example.org for the New Product Information Form or to
b) email@example.com for the Price Change Request Form
- Internet Account – you can set up an internet account to receive access to the electronic copies of these forms on our website.
I work for a registered liquor agency or a licensed liquor establishment. Is there a way I can review price changes on your website?
Yes, you can set up an Internet Account to gain access to that information at this link.
can I return liquor bottles?
All liquor containers
can be returned for a full deposit at any bottle depot. There
are more than two hundred bottle depots located throughout Alberta.
Visit the Beverage Container
Management Board website to get the addresses and hours
of operation for all bottle depots.
is Bring your own Bottle or BYOW?
with liquor and food service industry stakeholders, changes have
been made to provincial liquor laws and policies to permit patrons
to bring their own wine to participating restaurants, remove
partially consumed wine from a restaurant, and to permit commercial
catering companies to be licensed to serve/sell liquor at public
and private events.
about BYOW is available on the Responsible
Liquor Service page of this web site and BYOW
interested in working for AGLC. Where can I send my resume?
Please check our Employment
Opportunities page. You may fax your resume to 780-447-8918,
or mail your resume to:
Alberta Gaming and Liquor
50 Corriveau Avenue
St. Albert AB T8N 3T5
Please ensure that
you quote the competition number on your resume.
Can nude entertainment occur in liquor licensed premises?
Nude entertainment in liquor licensed premises can occur under the guidelines of the nude entertainment policy found under Section 5.11 of the Liquor Licensee Handbook.
The specific classes of liquor licence that are allowed to host nude entertainment are:
- Class A Minors Prohibited licensed premises (e.g., bars, nightclubs, pubs, etc.);
- Class C licensed premises (e.g., private clubs); and
- Class A Minors Allowed licensed premises (e.g., restaurants).
For this particular class of licence, nude entertainment is allowed in the premises under two conditions:
- nude entertainment is occurring in a banquet room for a private function; or
- there is a licence endorsement prohibiting minors during the hours the nude entertainment is taking place.