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The Northwest Territories Liquor and Cannabis Commission (NTLCC) regulates the distribution of alcohol and cannabis to ensure NWT residents have safe and legal access to alcohol and cannabis.


Social Responsibility

Social responsibility initiatives are designed to create awareness about responsible drinking practices:

  • The Check 25 Program strengthens controls in place concerning service to minors. Our customers should be prepared to be asked for proof of identification should they appear to be under the age of 25.
  • “No Alcohol during Pregnancy” and “We can all help prevent FASD” campaigns are promoted in NTLCC liquor stores and licensed establishments to heighten awareness of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).
  • “Moderation is always in good taste” promotes consumption in moderation.
  • Warning Labels are affixed to all alcoholic beverage containers sold to the public. These labels provide an alcohol consumption and pregnancy warning, and alcohol consumption and the operation of motor vehicle warning.
  • The booklet “Be Prepared to Talk to Your Children About Alcohol”, was created in conjunction with Educ’ Alcool, Quebec. The booklet is supplied to medical clinics, schools, and drug and alcohol committees throughout the Northwest Territories.
  • Canada's Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines: Drinking is a personal choice. If you choose to drink, these guidelines can help you decide when, where, why and how.

Liquor Revolving Fund

The Liquor Revolving Fund was established under the Liquor Act and provides working capital to finance the operations of the Liquor Licensing Board, the Northwest Territories Liquor and Cannabis Commission (NTLCC), and the administration and enforcement of the Act. Together, the Board, Commission, and Liquor Licensing and Enforcement are funded by the sale of cannabis and alcoholic beverages.

While the NTLCC is responsible for the purchase, warehousing, distribution and sale of all alcoholic beverages in the Northwest Territories, the Liquor Licensing Board is responsible for the issuance of all types of liquor permits and the Liquor Licensing and Enforcement provides support to the Board, is responsible for the enforcement of liquor-related regulations and restrictions, and assists communities in respect of matters arising under the Act.