Building Municipal Alcohol Policy

Alberta municipalities are both committed, and well-positioned, to create vibrant communities where Albertans can thrive. Evidence shows that through the development of preventative alcohol policies, municipalities can realize a host of benefits.

Municipalities across Canada are taking steps to improve the well-being of their citizens and communities through alcohol policy development.

Resources have been made available to:

  1. Create awareness about the effectiveness of municipal alcohol policy as a key tool to reduce alcohol-related harm, and the alcohol policy options that are under municipal jurisdiction in Alberta.
  2. Increase the number of, or effectiveness of existing, municipal alcohol policies in Alberta
  3. Promote safer alcohol consumption in Alberta
  4. Reduce alcohol-related harm in Alberta municipalities

Alcohol Policy for Community Safety, Vibrancy, Health and Well-Being

A Practical Guide for Alberta Municipalities

This guide offers:

  • the rationale for municipalities to address alcohol-related  harms through policy
  • tips on identifying alcohol policy champions
  • ideas about how to create and sustain partnerships
  • steps to consider in municipal alcohol policy development
  • implementation options for six evidence-informed alcohol policy areas, including:
    • Regulating alcohol availability
      • Density and distance between alcohol establishments
      • Hours of operation of alcohol establishments
    • Controlling alcohol pricing
    • Ensuring safer drinking environments and safer communities
    • Limiting alcohol marketing, advertising and sponsorship
    • Preventing and reducing drinking and driving
    • Advocating for preventative alcohol policy at the provincial or federal level

Need Help?

We can:

  • introduce you to the content of the guide
  • answer questions relevant to your municipality's interest or readiness for this type of policy work
  • outline a book club and initial local consult process for determining how best to move forward
  • connect you with other municipalities working to reduce alcohol-related harms

Support is available throughout the year to Alberta municipalities of all sizes.

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