Changes coming to New Brunswick liquor rules

Published December 9, 2020

Acting on the recommendations of Restaurants Canada, the Government of New Brunswick has proposed changes to the province’s liquor rules to:

  • permanently allow alcohol (spirits, wine, beer and draft) to be sold with takeout and delivery orders, including through third-party delivery services; and
  • allow customers to reseal a bottle of wine to take home.

Once passed, the amendments will also introduce mandatory server training, as is required in most Canadian provinces, and help ensure the safety of minors by doubling the fine for selling or serving liquor to minors to $480.

As recommended by Restaurants Canada, the Government of New Brunswick will cover the costs of mandatory server training for all current liquor servers employed in the province.

The amendments will also add to the list of offences that may restrict the issuance of a liquor licence including certain Criminal Code convictions related to organized crime, as well as convictions related to the sale, distribution and production of cannabis under the Cannabis Act and the Cannabis Control Act.

If you have any questions or would like more information, you can get in touch with Luc Erjavec, Restaurants Canada Vice President, Atlantic Canada, at

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