The Alberta Model

The Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission's (AGLC) role - through our 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 2010, a total of 23,633 liquor products were registered with the AGLC, with 15,963 products available across the province. There were 1,268 stores open as of March31, 2010. The private sector operates the retailing, warehousing, and distribution of liquor and the AGLC licenses and regulates the industry. The province receives in excess of $715 million annually from liquor operations.


The Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission

The Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission (AGLC) operates under the authority of the Gaming and Liquor Act. There structure includes:

  • A Board consisting of seven members appointed by the government and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO). The Board reports directly to the Solicitor General and Minister of Public Security. The Board approves gaming and liquor policy to ensure Alberta's gaming and liquor industries are well regulated and managed on behalf of the people of the province. The Board ensures the powers and duties of the AGLC are appropriately carried out through the CEO. Board member’s other than the CEO also conduct hearings and make decisions respecting licenses and registrations.
  • Management is responsible for the ongoing operations of the organization. The CEO directs the operations of the AGLC and is supported by a seven member executive team. The CEO is also an ex-officia member of the Board. this structure facilitates clear lines of communication and ensures policy implementation is consistent with the Board direction.

Quick Facts

Legislation and Regulations

The Alberta Liquor and Gaming Act

The Alberta Liquor and Gaming Regulation

Policy Documents

The AGLC develops and enforces the policies and procedures that govern liquor activities in Alberta-its compliance activities help maintain the vital integrity and security of liquor activities in our province.

Retail Liquor Store Operating Guidelines

Liquor Licensee Handbook

General Merchandise Liquor Stores Operating Guidelines

Liquor Suppliers, Liquor Agencies and Liquor Representatives Operating Guidelines

Liquor Laws & you Pamphlet

Licensed Premises Guidelines:Collecting, Using and Disclosing Personal Information of Patrons

Liquor Mark-Up Rates Schedule

Liquor Mark-Up Review

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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