Western Convenience Stores Association Asks Saskatchewan Government to Open Up Beer Sales


REGINA, SK – As part of a government mandated review of Saskatchewan’s alcohol retailing system, the Western Convenience Stores Association (WCSA) has submitted a proposal recommending that convenience stores in the province be allowed to start selling beer and wine.

As reported by CBC News, the WCSA believes that “modernization of liquor retailing in Saskatchewan is long overdue,” and that expanding sales beyond¬† government-run liquor stores and select hotel off-sale outlets to include private corner stores should be part of that modernization.

The group also notes that as in Ontario – where the Ontario Convenience Stores Association has been pushing for similar changes – the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority (SLGA) already allows privately-owned franchise stores to operate in smaller communities that don’t have a SLGA store nearby, showing that it is a safe and viable option for beer and wine sales in the province.

For more details, see the full submission on the WCSA website.

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