Effective January 2, 2017 Smart Choices is a new responsible service training program that will replace both It’s Good Business, Serving it Safe and the Problem Gambling Assistance Program, which will no longer be offered.
While responsible service training has been a requirement for restaurants, lounges and other liquor services licensees for over two decades, this is a new requirement for retailers, including beer vendors, liquor vendors, specialty wine stores, Liquor Marts and duty-free stores.
Smart Choices focuses on current laws, safety requirements and responsible strategies when serving or selling liquor. Smart Choices also includes problem gambling awareness information.
You must be 18 to serve or sell liquor in Manitoba, therefore the program is offered only to people 18 years of age or older.