REGINA, Nov. 20, 2012 /CNW/ - Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority
(SLGA) Minister Donna Harpauer announced more than 70 changes to the
liquor regulatory regime that address several long-standing concerns of
the province's $1.9-billion restaurant sector.
"This announcement is a great step in the right direction," said Dwayne
Marling, Manitoba-Saskatchewan Vice President for the Canadian
Restaurant and Foodservices Association (CRFA). "We have long called
for modernizing Saskatchewan's antiquated liquor system, and are
pleased government heeded the advice of the province's licensed
Positive changes include:
lengthening permit duration to three years;
allowing restaurants to operate off-sales in the same way as other
standardizing opening hours; and
reducing red tape.
Earlier this year, CRFA explained the need to modernize Saskatchewan's
liquor control system to both the Cabinet's red tape reduction
committee and Minister Harpauer - and government has acted on nearly
all concerns we presented.
"Changes to Saskatchewan's liquor system are long overdue and we thank
the government for the changes announced today," said Marling. "We look
forward to working with government and SLGA in rolling these changes
out as soon as possible for our patrons. We will continue to pursue
constructive dialogue with Minister Harpauer about other steps that can
be taken to modernize the system."
The restaurant and foodservices industry directly employs 32,600 people,
making it one of the top four private-sector employers in Saskatchewan.
More than half of these employees are young people under the age of 25.
CRFA is one of Canada's largest business associations, with more than
30,000 members representing restaurants, bars, caterers, institutions
and other foodservice providers. Canada's $65-billion restaurant
industry employs more than 1.1 million people in communities across the
SOURCE: Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association
For further information:
Dwayne Marling, 877-926-8557, cell. 204-688-8557 or firstname.lastname@example.org; Prasanthi Vasanthakumar, 1-800-387-5649, ext. 4254 or email@example.com