(Nov. 10/15) If your business has a liquor license — or you’re considering one — Raise the Bar is for you! This is Canada’s first report card on provincial liquor policies, and part of our ongoing fight for better pricing, selection and regulations for Canada’s bars and restaurants.

We started Raising the Bar by asking our members about provincial liquor policies. Here’s what you told us:

97% want access to wholesale pricing
82% say their customers have complained about the high cost of drinks
78% are dissatisfied with their provincial liquor board
72% say the high cost of beverage alcohol hurts their business
70% don’t believe they get value for money from their local liquor/beer retailer

Clearly there’s work to do! We examined liquor systems in all 10 provinces and awarded grades based on: pricing and selection; licensing and regulation; customer sales; and political and regulatory activity. The end result? Alberta came in first with a B+. Newfoundland came in last with an F.

See where your province ranks, and what’s behind each grade:

Raise the Bar detailed report card

A snapshot of report card results 

Wacky, but true! Check out these outdated liquor laws


Join us!
It takes a strong, united industry to create change for the better. Join with your foodservice colleagues and become a Restaurants Canada member. We’re 30,000 strong, and growing!

Contact our membership team at 1 800 387 5649, ext. 4225 or membership@restaurantscanada.org to learn more about how we can help your business thrive. Or join online right now!

Talk to your provincial MPP, MLA or MNA.
Share our Raise the Bar report with your provincial representative and ask for his or her support for wholesale pricing and other improvements that will help your business succeed, grow and employ more people.

Spread the word.
Share our infographics on social media with the hashtag #RaiseTheBar.

Our increased scrutiny of liquor systems, combined with our lobbying efforts, are already resulting in positive changes. With your support we can do even more.

For more information about Raise the Bar, please contact Joyce Reynolds at 1-800-387-5649, ext. 4219 or jreynolds@restaurantscanada.org



  1. Mike says:

    I have a solution for your restaurant owners and inventory managers that are complaining about the prices of beverage alcohol and their lack of access to the bulk purchasing market. We are starting with beer specifically and then implementing changes in spirits and wine. If you wish, forward my address or have them contact me at 10395536 cc @ gmail . com for more appropriate acquisition pricing.

    Thank you,

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