Amendments to Liquor Control Act Repeal Prohibition Era Plebiscite Requirement

Finance and Treasury Board

September 11, 2018 1:15 PM

Amendments to the Liquor Control Act will mean less red tape for new wineries, craft breweries, distilleries and lounges, and the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation (NSLC).

The amendments introduced in the House of Assembly today, Sept. 11, will remove the requirement to hold plebiscites in communities where the sale of alcohol is restricted.

“This change to the act will allow businesses to better plan and make timely decisions when opening a new establishment,” said Karen Casey, Minister of Finance and Treasury Board. “Removing the plebiscite requirement will shorten the time it takes to get the appropriate licence or permit by months, even up to a year.”

The requirement for a plebiscite on alcohol dates back to prohibition. Currently, when the NSLC or business that manufactures or serves alcohol wants to open in a dry community, a plebiscite needs to be held before the business can proceed.

The amendments will bring Nova Scotia in line with the rest of the country, as it is the last jurisdiction in Canada to require liquor plebiscites.

Requirements to obtain licences and permits and to follow municipal zoning bylaws remain unchanged.


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     Amendments to the Liquor Control Act will mean less red

tape for new wineries, craft breweries, distilleries and

lounges, and the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation.

     The amendments introduced in the House of Assembly today,

(September 11th) will remove the requirement to hold plebiscites

in communities where the sale of alcohol is restricted.

     The amendments will bring Nova Scotia in line with the rest

of the country, as it is the last jurisdiction in Canada to

require liquor plebiscites.

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