Changes to NWT Liquor Distribution

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Yellowknife — April 12, 2019

The Northwest Territories Liquor and Cannabis Commission (NTLCC) recently changed its approach to liquor distribution within Yellowknife as the contract for the Yellowknife Liquor Warehouse expired.


While these changes result in lower prices overall, an unintended consequence of the change was higher costs for liquor license holders. To mitigate the impact of these increases, the NTLCC have implemented a discount program for liquor license holders to mitigate the impact of any increases. The discount program will be extended to liquor license holders across the NWT.


The Minister of Finance has also instructed the NTLCC to undertake a complete review of its current pricing formula given the unintended consequences that led to the price changes on April 1st. Consultations with liquor license holders and others will be included in that review.




“The hospitality industry is an important part of our economy. The changes we are making support this sector and ensure fairness across the NWT.”

-Robert C. McLeod, Minister of Finance


Quick Facts


  • The Northwest Territories Liquor and Cannabis Commission (NTLCC) is responsible for the purchase, sale, classification and distribution of liquor and cannabis in the Northwest Territories.
  • In 2017-18, the NTLCC sold approximately $53.5 million and 4.6 million litres of alcohol in the NWT.
  • The NTLCC operates as a revolving fund and is administered as part of the Department of Finance.
  • The NTLCC will apply the discount program to liquor purchased by liquor license holders since April 1, 2019.


Media inquiries:


Todd Sasaki

Senior Communications Officer


Tel: (867) 767-9151 ext. 14032