The Canadian Liquor boards are independent monopolies, controlled by their provincial governments. Each jurisdiction operates its own business, although they must follow federal rules for product and packaging standards. 

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Provincal Liquor Boards

British Columbia Liquor Distribution Branch (LDB)

 In British Columbia, the Liquor Distribution Branch (LDB), under the authority of the Liquor Distribution Act, has the sole right to purchase beverage alcohol, both in and out of the province. It is responsible for the importation, distribution, wholesaling and retailing of beverage alcohol, and operates government liquor stores and distribution centres in the province. Another branch within the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General, the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch (LCLB), enforces the Liquor Control and Licensing Act. 

The LCLB is responsible for the licensing, monitoring and enforcement of the Act and regulations related to private liquor stores, restaurants, pubs and manufacturers. The LDB operates a province-wide beverage alcohol retail and wholesale business within a mixed public-private model. It now operates 197 government liquor stores, two distribution centres, in Vancouver and Kamloops; and a head office facility in Vancouver. 

B.C.’s beverage alcohol retail model includes government liquor stores, licensee retail stores, rural agency stores, British Columbia manufacturer stores, independent wine stores and duty-free stores, for a total of 686 liquor retail outlets. British Columbia's population exceeds 4,600,000. 

The LDB operates a province-wide beverage alcohol retail and wholesale business within a mixed public-private model. It now operates 197 government liquor stores, two distribution centres, in Vancouver and Kamloops; and a head office facility in Vancouver. B.C.’s beverage alcohol retail model includes government liquor stores, licensee retail stores, rural agency stores, British Columbia manufacturer stores, independent wine stores and duty-free stores, for a total of 1,390 liquor retail outlets.

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Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission (AGLC)

The Alberta government privatized liquor retailing in September 1993. The private sector retails, warehouses and distributes liquor in Alberta. The Government of Alberta, through the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission (AGLC), continues to regulate the industry, issue liquor licences, and collect revenues from the sale of liquor. Almost 80 per cent of Albertans are satisfied with the conduct of Alberta's liquor business. There are more than 2,000 retail liquor outlets in the province. Manufacturers ship their products to privately operated warehouses approved by the AGLC. Liquor licensees order their stock directly from this warehouse. 

 Alberta's population exceeds 4,000,000.

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Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority (SLGA)

The Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority (SLGA) is a Treasury Board Crown Corporation responsible for the distribution, control and regulation of liquor and gaming across the province. SLGA also has more than 190 franchise outlets throughout the province.There are more than 700 liquor outlets in more than 400 communities across the province. SLGA operates 79 liquor stores in 64 communities across. In addition, SLGA has granted 188 small businesses in Saskatchewan a franchise to sell beverage alcohol on its behalf. There are also 453 permitted hotels and brew pubs in Saskatchewan that can sell beverage alcohol foroff-site consumption.

Saskatchewan's population exceeds 1,000,000.

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Société des alcools du Québec (SAQ)

The SAQ is a government corporation that sells alcoholic beverages throughout the province of Quebec. A growing company, it currently employs nearly 6,000 persons and manages more than 800 points of sale including its network of 403 outlet and six depots. Annual gross sales exceed $2.5 billion, some $1,5 billion of which comes from the stores of its outlet network.

The SAQ also operates large warehouses with a combined capacity of 4.3 million cases and a fleet of 230 transport and delivery vehicles. It supplies 22,800 holders of alcoholic beverage sales licenses (hotels, restaurants, bars, etc.) and 277 food wholesalers who, in turn, serve the needs of 8,400 grocers. In 2004-2005, the SAQ sold 7,633 products from more than 2,400 producers in some 45 countries.

Quebec's population exceeds 8,100,000.


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Manitoba Liquor AND LOTTERIES (MBLL)

The mission of the MBLL is to promote the safe, healthy and responsible use of beverage alcohol products, thereby generating revenues for the Province. There are 176 agency liquor outlets, 50 MBLL-controlled outlets, and four duty free outlets.

Manitoba's population exceeds 1,200,000.

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Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO)

The LCBO is the largest single purchaser of beverage alcohol in the world, purchasing fine wine, spirits and beer from more than 60 countries for Ontario consumers and licensees. Through its integrated distribution and retail network, over 6,500 quality products are available in more than 600 LCBO retail stores across the province.

Ontario's population exceeds 13,600,000

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Prince Edward Island Liquor Control Commission (PEILCC)

P.E.I. is joined to New Brunswick by the world's longest bridge. It can also be reached by ferry from Nova Scotia.

There are 19 Board-controlled liquor outlets and one Agency outlet.

P.E.I.'s permanent resident population exceeds 140,000, with a much larger population during peak tourism months.

 

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New Brunswick Liquor Commission (ANBL)

Alcool NB Liquor is a Provincial Crown Corporation responsible for the purchase, importation, distribution, and retailing of all beverage alcohol in the Province of New Brunswick. There are 51 Board operated liquor outlets, 71 Agency outlets, 11 Cottage Wineries, Manufacturer's Agencies and Micro-Breweries, and three Duty Free/Land outlets in the province.

New Brunswick's population exceeds 750,000.

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Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation (NSLC)

The NSLC, a provincial Crown Corporation, is Canada's fourth largest retailer of beverage alcohol, offers almost 3,000 beer, wine and spirit products through 108 retail stores, 23 Agency stores and four Private Wine and Specialty stores.

Nova Scotia's population exceeds 900,000.

 

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Newfoundland Liquor Corporation (NLC)

Canada's most easterly province, Newfoundland is an island off the coast of Nova Scotia, accessible by boat or air.

Newfoundland's population exceeds 520,000.

 

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Yukon Liquor Corporatio

The Yukon Liquor Corporation controls the purchase and sale of all beverage alcohol products to balance the need: to maintain the health and safety of Yukoners; to provide alcohol products to those who desire it; and to provide a reliable source of revenue for the Yukon Government. There are six retail stores in the Yukon.

The Yukon Territory's population exceeds 30,000.

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NWT Liquor Commission

The NWT Liquor Commission does not have a web site, however you can browse the Northwest Territories' government web site here.

The Northwest Territories' population exceeds 40,000.

 

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Nunavut Liquor Commission

The Nunavut Liquor Commission does not have a web site, however you can browse the Government of Nunavut web site here. 

Nunavut Territory's population exceeds 30,000.

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