The Manitoba Gaming Control Commission(MGCC)
We’re Under Construction
The Manitoba Liquor Control Commission’s Regulatory Services Division and the Manitoba Gaming Control Commission are coming together to create the Liquor and Gaming Authority of Manitoba (LGA). The LGA will be a one-stop shop for citizens, businesses and charities for liquor and gaming licences and permits. Keep an eye on our progress here.
Establishing the Liquor and Gaming Authority - Bill 43 Passed
Bill 43, the Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries Corporation Act and Liquor and Gaming Control Act, was passed by the Committee on Social and Economic Development on October 15, 2013. The Bill is pending approval by the Legislature and Royal Assent, likely to occur in December 2013. In the meantime, work continues to develop the Order-in-Council regulations and the Liquor and Gaming Authority (LGA) board regulations with the intent to seek proclamation for April 1, 2014.
This new piece of legislation brings together The Gaming Control Act, the regulatory and citizen input aspects of The Liquor Control Act and the Gaming Control Local Option (VLT) Act. Under the proposed Act, the LGA will regulate the sale, service and manufacturing of liquor, gaming events, equipment and people who are involved in gaming. The LGA will be mandated to encourage responsible consumption of liquor and responsible participation in gaming, conduct research and obtain public input related to its mandate. As well, the LGA will provide information and advice to the minister.
Bill 43 is available here and a copy of the news release is available on the Province of Manitoba News Release site.
2012/13 Annual Report Released
The MGCC’s 2012/13 annual report details our operational activities and corporate performance results. It also highlights interesting aspects of the MGCC's role and responsibilities. This year marks the fifth and final year of our current strategic planning cycle, and it also sets the stage for our new directions as we become the Liquor and Gaming Authority of Manitoba. Click here to view our annual report for a detailed glimpse of the 2012/13 year.
Public Consultations Summary Released
Public consultations led by the Liquor and Gaming Regulatory Consultation Committee were held across Manitoba in fall 2012. Manitobans were invited to provide their ideas on reducing red tape, enhancing consumer choice, and ensuring public safety and social responsibility as Manitoba’s liquor and gaming regulatory functions are amalgamating. Manitobans’ input was greatly appreciated and will shape the new regulatory regime.
The Public Consultations Summary For a New Liquor and Gaming Regulatory Framework in Manitoba is available here.
To view the Public Consultations website, please click here.
Looking for Liquor Licence or Permit Information?
The MGCC and the Manitoba Liquor Control Commission (MLCC) Regulatory Services Division will continue to provide our respective services to you, our stakeholders, while we transition into the Liquor and Gaming Authority of Manitoba (LGA).
All liquor licence and permit questions should be directed to the MLCC’s Regulatory Services Division. Information on liquor licences and permits can be found here.
The MLCC Licensing Department offers assistance in all liquor licensing matters within the Province of Manitoba. The department provides guidance on the process of applying and maintaining liquor licence(s), day-to-day operations, requirements and social responsibilities in licensed establishments. The Permit Department is responsible for issuing occasional permits, which are temporary approvals to serve liquor at social functions.
To contact the MLCC’s Regulatory Services Division, call:
- Licensing Department: 204-474-5619
- Permits Department: 204-474-5666 or toll-free 1-888-898-6522
Click here to apply for an Occasional Permit online
Changes to Raffle Terms and Conditions
Effective January 1, 2013, the MGCC’s Board of Commissioners will remove Raffle Term and Condition 4.02. There will no longer be limits or restrictions on the number of major raffles held by any organization in a year and the value of the prize(s) offered. The MGCC will continue to ensure the eligibility of organizations, acceptability of the proposed use of funds, integrity of the scheme and suppliers, if any, and protection of the players.
Click here for more information on raffles.
Contests are very popular promotional tools used to generate interest in products and services offered by businesses and other organizations. The MGCC is often asked what the “rules” are for contests. Real promotional contests are not regulated by the MGCC, but there can be a fine line between a promotional contest and a raffle, which is a form of gambling.
For more information visit our webpage on promotional contests or have a quick look at an excellent article by Drew Mitchell of Thompson Dorfman Sweatman entitled No Purchase Necessary - The Pitfalls of PromotionalContests.
MGCC Licence Listings
If you are a player and want to find a bingo or Texas Hold’em event in your area or if you are a charitable organization looking for some raffle market information before you apply for your licence, you can find listings of MGCC licensed events here.