Local Option

Most Manitoba municipalities allow all types of liquor sales and services licensees to operate in their communities. However, a municipality can restrict or partially restrict liquor sales or service. Under the new liquor laws, a plebiscite held with a municipal election is required to put local liquor restrictions in place.

This process is defined in Part 10 of The Liquor and Gaming Control Act, which states:

  • The plebiscite may be initiated by municipal council resolution or by a petition signed by at least 20 percent of the municipal electorate.
  • The plebiscite must be held with a municipal election, and the resolution or petition to initiate the plebiscite must be filed no later than 90 days before the election.
  • The wording for the resolution or petition and for the plebiscite has to be approved by the LGA to ensure consistency and fair voting.
2014 Municipal Amalgamations

The LGA is aware that the coming municipal amalgamations will bring together some communities that are under a combination of restricted, partially restricted and unrestricted liquor sales and service. The LGA has notified all amalgamating municipalities whether they will be affected. We urge affected municipalities to consider how liquor should be sold and served within their modernized municipal boundaries.

Effective January 1, 2015, the LGA will consider new amalgamated municipalities to permit all forms of liquor sales and service, unless a plebiscite to limit liquor sales or service is held in the October general municipal election. To initiate a plebiscite, a council or electorate must file their resolution or petition with the LGA by July 25, 2014.