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Liquor Outlets:

How many liquor outlets are there in Saskatchewan?
How much can liquor retailers charge for alcohol products?
Can I search for products online?
I can't find the product I'm looking for at my local retailer. Is there any other way to get it?

Do SLGA liquor store prices displayed include all taxes?

Why do online inventory counts sometimes differ from stores?

Does SLGA sell gift cards?

Does SLGA ship products?


Special Occasion Liquor Permits:

When do I need a permit to serve beverage alcohol?

What types of permits are available?

Where do I get a permit?

What are my obligations and responsibilities?

Where can I buy the alcohol for my event?

Can unused alcohol be returned?

How long does it take to get a permit?

Can I serve homemade beer and/or wine?


Commercial Liquor Permits:

Where can I find more information about commercial liquor permits (including liquor-permitted bars and restaurants, U-Brew/U-Vin operations and home delivery?

Where can I find more information about advertising beverage alcohol?


Responsible Use:

What responsible use initiatives does SLGA participate in?


Importing Beverage Alcohol From Abroad:

I'm returning to Saskatchewan from abroad. How much alcohol can I bring back?

How much alcohol can I bring into Saskatchewan beyond the CBSA's duty free allowance?

How much is the mark-up, federal duty and tax?

I'm planning to move to Saskatchewan. Do I have to pay duty on my personal collection of alcohol?


Specials:

How can I find out about specials at SLGA liquor stores?


Employment:

How do I apply for a job in a liquor store?

What other job opportunities are there at SLGA?


Technical:

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Liquor Outlets:

How many liquor outlets are there in Saskatchewan?
There are approximately 700 liquor retailers in Saskatchewan that sell alcohol for off-premise consumption. Retailers include large standalone operations in larger centres, smaller businesses integrated within an unrelated business in rural communities and others that operate in conjunction with a liquor-permitted restaurant, hotel beverage room, brew pub, etc. (Previously these retailers were referred to as rural franchises, off-sale outlets, private stores and SLGA stores).

The majority of retailers in Saskatchewan are privately owned and operated. Click here for SLGA liquor store locations.

 

 

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How much can liquor retailers charge for alcohol products?
All liquor retailers are free to price their products as they determine appropriate for their business, subject to minimum social reference pricing.

 

 

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Can I search for products online?
Saskliquor.com allows you to search for products online and find out which SLGA stores carry the product. Product search

 

 

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I can't find the product I'm looking for at my local retailer. Is there any other way to get it?
It is a business decision for liquor retailers whether or not they choose to special order products for customers, both for one-time orders and for new regular listings. There may also be the ability for consumers to special order products directly through SLGA. In such cases, SLGA will contact suppliers directly to see if they will fulfill the order. There is a minimum order of one case and all applicable markups and taxes apply. Please call (306)787-6558 for more information.

 

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Do SLGA liquor store prices displayed include all taxes?
Yes. The price displayed in SLGA liquor stores includes all applicable taxes and deposits.

 

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Why do online inventory counts sometimes differ from stores?
Inventory information is updated once each day and therefore may not reflect actual in-store inventory at all times.

 

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Does SLGA sell gift cards?
Gift cards are available at all SLGA liquor stores in any denomination. Learn more

 

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Does SLGA ship products?
No. Within Saskatchewan, there are private companies licensed to deliver alcohol. SLGA does not ship products to individuals outside the province.

 

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Special Occasion Liquor Permits:

When do I need a permit to serve beverage alcohol?
Special occasion permits are required for anyone serving alcohol at a special event, such as a wedding, cabaret or fundraiser that is held in a location other than a private place. A permit is required regardless if alcohol is served free of charge or if it is sold.

For more information, contact SLGA's Liquor Licensing Branch at 1(800) 667-7565 or (306) 787-5563. Send e-mail

 

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What types of permits are available?
SLGA offers several types of Special Occasion Permits for different occasions and circumstances. Learn more

 

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Where do I get a permit?
If you are planning to serve alcohol at your wedding, cabaret or other event, you require alcohol. The fastest way to get your special occasion permit is to apply online. Certain types of permits require review by SLGA's head office in Regina, including outdoor and large events.

 

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What are my obligations and responsibilities?
As the holder of a liquor permit, you must follow The Alcohol and Gaming Regulation Act, 1997 and the Alcohol Control Regulations, 2013, as well as the specific Terms and Conditions that apply to your permit.

As the permit holder, you may also be held liable should anyone at your event be injured. This includes during the event itself, as well as injuries that may occur after the event. For example, if a guest at the event becomes intoxicated and attempts to drive himself home, you may be held liable for any damages he causes to himself or other people.

Party Alcohol Liability Insurance is available from many Saskatchewan insurance brokers.

 

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Where can I buy the alcohol for my event?
All alcohol served at the event must be purchased from a Saskatchewan liquor retailer. All receipts for purchased alcohol must be attached to the permit in order to make the permit valid. "Bring Your Own Alcohol" events are not allowed.

 

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Can unused alcohol be returned?
Yes. Permittees can return any unopened spirit and wine bottles and sealed, full beer cases that were purchased from a SLGA store for the event provided they provide the original sales receipt.

 

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How long does it take to get a permit?
All applicants for special occasion permits should apply at least 10 days in advance of the scheduled function to ensure adequate time for processing. Some times of year are busier than others for special occasion permits which may affect processing times. A 20 per cent discount to the permit fee is also applied when the application is submitted online at least 10 days in advance of the event.

 

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Can I serve homemade beer and/or wine?
No homemade beverage alcohol of any kind is permitted at a function for which a special occasion permit is issued.

 

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Commercial Liquor Permits:

Where can I find more information about commercial liquor permits?
For more information about commercial liquor permits or to download the necessary application forms, please visit the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority's regulatory website or contact SLGA's Liquor Licensing Branch at: 1(800) 667-7565 or (306)787-5563.

 

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Where can I find more information about advertising beverage alcohol?

SLGA's Beverage Alcohol Advertising Standards are available online.
View standards

 

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Responsible Use:

What responsible use initiatives does SLGA participate in?
SLGA provides guidance and support to various social responsibility initiatives. SLGA continues to maintain a role in anti-drinking and driving initiatives and initiatives aimed at educating the public on the dangers of serving alcohol during pregnancy. Learn more

 

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Importing Beverage Alcohol From Abroad:

I'm returning to Saskatchewan from abroad. How much alcohol can I bring back?
If you are 19 years of age, the federal Canada Borders Services Agency (CBSA) may grant you a personal exemption on the duties and taxes charged for alcoholic beverages you bring back. For more information about qualifying for the personal exemption and the amount of alcohol eligible under the duty free allowance, go to the CBSA's website.

 

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How much alcohol can I bring into Saskatchewan beyond the CBSA's duty free allowance?
Travelers returning to Saskatchewan from abroad can import three litres of spirits, nine litres of wine and 24.6 litres of beer, coolers or any combination thereof (over and above the federally established duty-free allowance) per person of legal drinking age. On any quantity above the duty-free limit, the Canada Border Services Agency will collect SLGA's markup, federal duty and GST.

 

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How much is the mark-up, federal duty and tax?

  • Saskatchewan provincial mark-up rates collected by CBSA on products imported by travelers returning to Saskatchewan from abroad:
  • o Spirits 47 cents per ounce
    o Wines 12 cents per ounce
    o Coolers and ciders 7 cents per ounce
    o Beer 6 cents per ounce

  • Federal duty is:
  • o Spirits $11.93 per litre of pure alcohol
    o Wines 63 cents per litre
    o Ciders 63 cents per litre
    o Coolers 30.1 cents per litre
    o Beer $31.84 per 100 litres

  • The GST is five per cent of the value of the product (in Canadian dollars) plus the federal duty.

 

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I'm planning to move to Saskatchewan. Do I have to pay duty on my personal collection of alcohol?
All alcohol imported from abroad to Saskatchewan in excess of the CBSA's personal exemption is subject to SLGA's markup, federal duty and GST. (Please note, when moving to Saskatchewan from abroad, CBSA may require you to provide written authorization from SLGA permitting you to import your personal collection of alcohol. To receive authorization, contact SLGA at: (306)787-4238 or submit a request in writing via e-mail.

 

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Specials:

How can I find out about specials at SLGA liquor stores?
Products with limited-time offers as well as products with limited allocations can be found at www.saskliquor.com.

 

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Employment:

How do I apply for a job in a liquor store?
To apply for a position at a SLGA Retail store, you can apply directly to the store where you would like to work.

 

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What other job opportunities are there at SLGA?
SLGA advertises vacancies on Saskatchewan's Public Service Commission Web site www.careers.gov.sk.ca and/or in Saskatchewan's two major daily newspapers.

You are also welcome to forward your resume without waiting for a specific advertisement either by regular mail (Box 5054, Regina, Sask., S4P 3M3) or electronically (preferred method).

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Technical:

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