Manitoba’s new Liquor and Gaming Control Act becomes law. The new legislation and regulations balance consumer choice and business flexibility within a framework of public safety and social responsibility. The majority of changes affect Manitoba liquor laws that were created in 1956. Minimal revisions were made in gaming, and mostly included language clarifications and updating descriptions of gaming events and activities to make them relevant to today’s standards. For an overview of key changes, click here.
On April 1, 2014, the Manitoba Gaming Control Commission (MGCC) and the Manitoba Liquor Control Commission’s Regulatory Services Division combined to become a single regulatory agency: the Liquor and Gaming Authority of Manitoba (LGA).
Since 1997, two independent organizations, the Manitoba Gaming Control Commission (MGCC) and the Manitoba Lotteries Corporation (MLC), had been responsible for the regulatory and operational aspects of gaming in Manitoba. This significant regulatory shift was aimed at avoiding any perception of conflict in the province’s gaming environment. The MGCC was responsible for licensing, registration, inspections, investigations and policy advisory, while the MLC handled operations and marketing.