The Government of Manitoba has introduced legislation that would allow liquor to be sold with take-out orders and through delivery meal services.

Crown Services Minister Jeff Wharton said that many restaurant owners have expressed interest in selling wine, beer, and single-serve beverages through take-out or delivery services.

“This is a win-win for businesses and customers as restaurants will now be able to expand their business and offer an additional service to customers.”

Liquor delivery and take-out orders would be linked to meal orders and offered by licensed restaurants. The liquor would cost the same as an in-dining service.

The changes would also consider social responsibility in serving alcohol. Drivers delivering alcohol will have to be 18 or older, be certified by the LGCCA’s Smart Choices responsible sales and service program, and conduct mandatory I.D. checks.

Wharton also noted that several private wine stores have indicated that they see this as an opportunity to sell more wine to their corporate restaurant customers, which will support their economic viability.

The proposed legislation would also change the Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries Corporation Act to remove the current reference to “beer’ under the distributor section, which limits distribution for private distributors and change it to “beverage alcohol categories.” The change will allow third parties to dispense a wider range of products to vendors.

Wharton added that this is a step to reduce red tape and to provide Manitobans with more choice and convenience, and create greater opportunities and flexibility for businesses.