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Liquor enforcement and inspections

Enforcement and Inspection Activity Report

All distribution of liquor products authorized by liquor licenses and special occasion liquor permits issued under the Liquor Act are liable to inspection by Nunavut Liquor Enforcement. These inspections, also known as spot checks, are to ensure adherence to the Liquor Act and Regulations. Conditions pertaining to fire risk, health and the use of tobacco in premises licensed for the sale of liquor are also liable to inspection.

Inspections are carried out by trained contract inspectors. Any infractions observed are brought to the attention of the Chief Inspector in Iqaluit, who reports to the Manager of Enforcement and Inspections at Liquor Management headquarters in Rankin Inlet.

Serious infractions are discussed with the Department of Justice, and where warranted, the licensee must attend a “show cause” hearing before the Nunavut Liquor Licensing Board, with the Department of Justice acting as prosecutor. Such hearings may result in the imposition of restrictions in accordance with the Liquor Act, and could result in the suspension of a license.

Breakdown of communities by their chosen systems:

Committee system: Arctic Bay, Baker Lake, Cape Dorset, Chesterfield Inlet, Clyde River, Hall Beach, Igloolik, Kimmirut, Kugluktuk, Pond Inlet, Qikiqtarjuaq, Repulse Bay, Resolute Bay, Whale Cove

Prohibition system: Arviat, Coral Harbour, Gjoa Haven, Kugaaruk, Pangnirtung, Sanikiluaq

Unrestricted system: Cambridge Bay, Rankin Inlet, Iqaluit, Taloyoak, Grise Fiord