I own a licensed establishment. Is it my responsibility to make sure my staff have this training?

Yes, each licensee is responsible for making sure that all employees who serve or sell liquor, as well as managers and security personnel, have successfully completed an approved responsible service program. Some licensees protect themselves by keeping copies of every employee’s proof of certification (i.e. cards) in employee files.

Effective January 2, 2017, approved responsible service programs include Smart Choices, Serving It Safe and It’s Good Business. Smart Choices cards will have an expiry date. Serving It Safe and It’s Good Business cards do not have an expiry date, but will expire on January 1, 2022.