Sections 3(b), 7 to 9, 33 to 35, 36(e) and 36(f) of The Liquor Retail Modernization Act, SS 2016, c 4, are proclaimed into force October 2, 2017. According to the government description, the amendments:
create a single “retail store permit” for all retailers of beverage alcohol in the province, and remove previous provisions that set out separate rules and requirements for privately operated liquor retail outlets, formerly referred to as franchises and off-sales.
Former Liquor and Gaming Authority (SLGA) retail stores, franchises and full off-sale holders are deemed to be holders of the new retail store permit. This Act also contains transitional provisions related to the transfer of existing SLGA liquor stores to a subsidiary of the Authority. The subsidiary is deemed to be the holder of a retail store permit with respect to those stores.
The changes also make a number of administrative updates to the Act, including: