Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation

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Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation
Crown corporation
IndustryRetail (Department & Discount)
FoundedMay 1, 1930
HeadquartersHalifax, Nova Scotia
ProductsBeverage alcohol, cannabis (selected outlets)
RevenueIncrease approx: $239.2 Million CAD

The Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation (NSLC) is the Crown corporation which controls sales of alcoholic beverages and recreational cannabis in Nova Scotia, Canada. It is the sole distributor for these products and runs all retail outlets (106 across the province) selling alcohol and cannabis products. The exceptions are for four private wine specialty shops and, in rural areas where there is not an NSLC location, 23 "agency" liquor stores operated by private retailers on NSLC's behalf.


On October 31, 1929, a plebiscite was held on Nova Scotia’s prohibition of alcohol sales. Over 60 percent of voters authorized the repeal of the Nova Scotia Temperance Act. This result opened the door to sales of alcohol in a government monopoly of liquor outlets.

On May 1, 1930 the Nova Scotia Liquor Commission was created through legislation passed as the Liquor Control Act.

In 1946, the responsibility for licensing sites selling alcoholic beverages (e.g. bars and restaurants) was transferred to the Tavern Licence Committee (now named Liquor License Board).

In 1995, the Gaming Control Act made the Nova Scotia Liquor Commission part of the Alcohol and Gaming Authority.

In 2001, the organization was changed from a commission to a Crown corporation and renamed the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation.

On October 17, 2018, the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation became the sole authorized retailer of cannabis in Nova Scotia following the legalization of recreational cannabis.

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