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Joint Initiatives

Being responsible in the liquor industry involves a shared responsibility between government and industry. A key part of this is working together to develop and share best practices within Alberta and across other jurisdictions.

AGLCs major partners in responsible liquor service include:

Key initiatives and programs include:

Alberta Alcohol Strategy

Albertans are concerned about the harmful effects of alcohol and the significant social and economic toll it takes on so many lives. In an effort to reduce that harm and encourage a culture of moderation, the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission, Alberta Health Services, and Alberta Health, in consultation with numerous government departments and community stakeholders, have developed the Alberta Alcohol Strategy (AAS)

Alberta Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
Cross-Ministry Committee

The AGLC is a member of the FASD Cross Ministry Committee.

The FASD-CMC works in
co-operation with provincial and community organizations and regional groups to provide a comprehensive and co-ordinated provincial response to the issue.

In 2014, the AGLC approved a mandatory signage policy for Class A and D licensed premises to raise awareness of risks associated with drinking alcohol during pregnancy.


Alberta Safer Bars Council

This provincial advisory group provides input to the AGLC on policy development and implementation of best practices in an effort to reduce violent incidents in and around licensed establishments. Members represent a range of liquor industry stakeholders, such as licensees, law enforcement, municipalities and related government ministries/agencies. They have extensive knowledge, diverse perspectives and valuable experience on liquor related violence.

Best Bar None (BBN)

Best Bar None is a voluntary program, aiming to reduce alcohol-related harms by raising the operating standards of licensed premises as well as building positive relationships among the licensees, law enforcement, industry partners and community groups. The program uses a system of accreditation, assessment and awards to engage nightspots in responsible management and safe operations.

Roundtable on Violence In and Around Licensed Premises

In November 2005 and March 2006, the AGLC (then Alberta Gaming) and Alberta Solicitor General and Public Security hosted two roundtable meetings in Edmonton and Calgary. More than 80 participants gathered to explore the issue of violence within the context of bars, nightclubs and other licensed premises.


The AGLC is a member of the Provincial Impaired Driving Committee that was established in April 1997. Committee members work together to develop new strategies to combat a problem that threatens the safety of everyone travelling on Alberta's roadways.

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