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The Alberta Model

Twenty-Five Years of the Alberta Model

The Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission's (AGLC) role - through its Board and management - is to administer the Gaming and Liquor Act and related legislation. The AGLC is responsible for regulating Alberta's charitable gaming activities and for conducting and managing provincial gaming activities. It also oversees the manufacture, importation, sale, purchase, possession, storage, transportation, use and consumption of liquor in Alberta. In managing its responsibilities, the AGLC continually assesses and balances revenue generation with the responsible provision of gaming and liquor.

Alberta's privatized liquor model allows Albertans access to a wide range of products. As of March 2016, more than 21,000 liquor products were available across the province. There were more than 1,300 stores open as of March 31, 2016. The private sector operates the retailing, warehousing, and distribution of liquor and the AGLC licenses and regulates the industry.

Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission
Gaming and Liquor Act

Warehouse and Distribution

  • The AGLC establishes policies and authorizes operators for the warehousing and distribution of liquor products in the province. The AGLC has an office at each of the warehouses to ensure that mark-up is collected on all products sold.

  • Connect Logistics Services Inc. warehouses and distributes spirits, wine, coolers and imported beer in Alberta. Its bonded warehouse in St. Albert receives product from more than 70 countries, takes orders from Alberta liquor licenses, than assembles and ships these orders to more than 320 communities in our province.

  • Brewers Distributor Ltd. warehouses and distributes beer products fro Molson and Labatt breweries from Edmonton and Calgary warehouses.

  • Big Rock Brewery manufactures and distributes beer from its plant/warehouse in Calgary and Sleemen Breweries Ltd. warehouses and distributes is products from a Calgary warehouse.

  • For more information please see the following: Warehouse Terms and Conditions

Container Recycling Costs

In addition to the refundable container deposit, a non-refundable recycling cost is assessed on almost every liquor container sold in Alberta. This cost is included in the wholesale price paid by each liquor licensee and is, therefore, passed along to the end consumer.

Further detailed information about recycling costs, please refer to the Alberta Beverage Container Recycling Corporation’s website at:

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