Two paths merge
The development of liquor and gambling in Manitoba took different paths up until 2014, when the Manitoba Liquor Control Commission (MLCC), the Manitoba Gaming Control Commission (MGCC), and Manitoba Lotteries Corporation were reorganized.
On April 1, 2014 the new Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries Corporation began distributing and selling liquor and gambling products in the province. The new Liquor and Gaming Authority of Manitoba (LGA) became responsible for regulating liquor and gambling. This “one operator, one regulator” model offered to reduce red tape and streamline operations at a cost savings to the Province of Manitoba.
Before this, the sale and regulation of liquor were both conducted by the MLCC. Meanwhile, the sale of gambling products was separate from the regulation of gambling through Manitoba Lotteries and the MGCC respectively.
Compared to gambling, liquor has been legally available for much longer in the province, and has therefore seen more developments along with society over that time. For a full regulatory history of liquor and gambling, please visit the LGA.