The LGCA has extended the coming renewal deadline for Smart Choices. If your Smart Choices certification expires in 2022, it will be treated as valid until December 31, 2022. You will not receive a new card. You must complete Smart Choices before December 31, 2022 to recertify.

Smart Choices is Manitoba's responsible service certification program. All staff who serve, sell or deliver liquor, and security and managers in licensed service and retail establishments must take Smart Choices before starting to work in a licensed establishment.

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. Smart Choices certification is valid for 5 years.

The goal of the Smart Choices Responsible Service Certification is to increase public safety. Smart Choices focuses on current laws, safety requirements and responsible strategies when serving or selling liquor. Smart Choices also includes problem gambling awareness information. This training helps people who sell and serve liquor, and those who offer gambling in their establishments, understand the legal requirements and put in place responsible strategies to reduce risks and harm.