The Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority provides guidance and support to various social responsibility initiatives.
Problem Gambling Prevention and Treatment Initiatives
As part of a multi-agency commitment to increase funding for problem gambling prevention and treatment initiatives in this province, SLGA has committed to help fund various problem gambling activities, including operation of the toll-free problem gambling help line.
The Problem Gambling Helpline (1-800-306-6789) provides confidential support and helps connect people to the services they need. The Helpline can also be accessed online www.problemgamblinghelp.ca with options for people to live chat and email support staff. People can also send a confidential text to the Helpline at: 306-400-2785.
Click here for more information about how to connect to the Problem Gambling Helpline.
Teens & Alcohol: What You Need to Know
SLGA's Teens and Alcohol brochure is intended to educate parents and caregivers of teens about the implications surrounding alcohol, teens and house parties by presenting information about the legal, social and potential health consequences of teens who consume alcohol with or without adult supervision in the home.
To view the brochure click here.
Planning a Party? A Guide to Social Hosting
Whether you are planning to host a function in the privacy of your home, on your property or elsewhere, you are responsible for the premises and guests. SLGA's Planning a Party? A Guide to Social Hosting brochure suggests some hosting tips to ensure your function is a success.
The responsible hosting guide explains the responsibilities of a host and outlines things to consider when planning your function. It also discusses some common alcohol myths that could disrupt your event.
To view the guide click here.
Point of Sale Campaign
SLGA has once again partnered with the Ministry of Health to launch the Point of Sale campaign in SLGA stores and private retailers..
The 2013 Point of Sale campaign is part of a multi-year campaign intended to raise awareness about the risks of underage drinking. It was first launched in 2010 as the DEFY campaign with messaging in SLGA retail stores that included “Your Teen? Your Alcohol? You’re Responsible” and “If you supply your teen with alcohol you are responsible for what happens. Thank you for knowing better.”
The 2013 campaign continues to raise awareness of the role that parents and adults play in shaping youth’s values and attitudes toward alcohol use through a renewal of the Point of Sale displays in stores and private retailers, online advertisements, a web video and online survey. The campaign’s message is intended to prompt conversations between parents and youth about alcohol use by asking, “how can you inform your teen about alcohol?”
For more information click here.
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Awareness
SLGA continues to assist in the prevention of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) in the province. FASD is caused by alcohol use during pregnancy, and leads to life-long learning, behavioural and cognitive difficulties in affected children. FASD has far reaching impacts upon Saskatchewan communities.
SLGA continues to support FASD public awareness programs of the Saskatchewan Prevention Institute (SPI) and the FASD Network through government's Cognitive Disabilities Strategy (CDS).
SLGA supports SPI's initiatives related to its provincial awareness media campaign, the Saskatchewan FASD Speakers' Bureau, Saskatchewan regional FASD committees and FASD training, education and research. SLGA supports FASD Network programs related to post-secondary student education, publication of information for professionals, resource development, parent training and social media awareness.
Please Bring Your I.D.
The Please Bring Your I.D. program was launched in 1999, and updated in late 2001, to reflect the launch of new mandatory photo driver's licences in the province.
SLGA developed the program with the co-operation and support of SHHA and the Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association to reduce the availability of alcohol to minors in the province's liquor stores and private retailers and hospitality industry.
Check 25 is an in-store identification program that assists SLGA liquor stores and franchises in preventing minors from purchasing alcohol. The program requires anyone who appears to be under the age of 25 years to show either a photo identification, with a birth date, or three other pieces of identification, at least one of which must have a birth date. While staff working in SLGA stores and private retailers have always asked for identification from customers who appear to be under the legal drinking age of 19, this program improves efforts to prevent minors from accessing alcohol, by increasing the number of people who are asked for identification.
Serve It Right Saskatchewan and Door Staff Workshops
SLGA, in a partnership with SGI, the Ministry of Health and the Saskatchewan Tourism Education Council (STEC) continues to support the Serve It Right (SIRS) server intervention program. The program, which is co-ordinated by STEC, trains servers in liquor permitted establishments in the use of effective intervention techniques if a patron demonstrates a problem with alcohol. SLGA has a representative on the program’s committee and contributes to its overall direction and activities. For more information about the program click here.
STEC also offers the Door Staff Workshop. This program trains door staff in liquor permitted establishments to identify signs of intoxication, monitor the activities of patrons and reduce the risk of violence in and around permitted premises. For more information about the workshop, click here. Please note that completing the SIRS course is a prerequisite for this workshop.
Moderation is Always in Good Taste
SLGA is participating in the Canadian Association of Liquor Jurisdictions' national poster campaign that spreads the message that moderation is the normal drinking pattern in Canada and to remind people that it’s socially unacceptable to abuse alcohol.
The posters show how people who abuse alcohol are isolated from the majority of people who drink in moderation.
The posters are displayed in SLGA liquor stores and participating private retailers. View poster
Report Impaired Drivers
SLGA has partnered with SGI, the Saskatoon, Regina, Moose Jaw, Prince Albert, Estevan and Weyburn Police Services, the RCMP, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), Students Against Drinking and Driving (SADD) and Rawlco Radio to implement a province-wide Report Impaired Drivers (RID) campaign.
RID is a crime prevention campaign that encourages all Saskatchewan residents to call 911 to report suspected impaired drivers for all streets, highways and roadways in the province.
The campaign is being promoted on city bus advertisements, road signs, billboards and through posters being displayed in all SLGA liquor stores and commercial liquor establishments.
Using Fake ID Today?
SLGA partnered with SGI to implement a campaign to make people who purchase liquor or patronize a permitted premises aware that it is a criminal offence to alter a driver's licence or identification card in any way. The campaign is a responsible use initiative meant to reduce the availability of alcohol to minors in the province's liquor stores, private retailers and hospitality industry.
The consequences of using fraudulent ID or loaning ID for fraudulent purposes include having a driver's licence suspended for at least three months, a fine of up to $1,000, a possible fraud conviction under the Criminal Code that could affect employment, education and chances of travelling outside Canada and getting other people fined, fired or even put out of business.
Don't Be That Guy
SLGA has partnered with local police forces, sexual assault service providers and Crime Stoppers to launch the Don't Be That Guy campaigns in Saskatoon, Prince Albert and Regina.
The poster campaigns spread the message that alcohol is not a form of consent for sexual activity. The posters, which are aimed primarily at 19 to 25 year old males, rely on a bold design to make men think about the boundaries between consensual sex and sexual assault.
The posters are displayed in liquor stores, bars, nightclubs and campuses in Saskatoon, Prince Albert and Regina.
Gambling Responsibly: Informed Decisions: Playing Video Lottery Terminals
SLGA's Gambling Responsibly brochure presents information to help VLT players make informed decisions about their play. The brochure provides an overview on house advantage, randomness, responsible gaming features on VLT machines and discusses some gambling myths and facts.
To view the brochure click here.
Responsible Use of VLTs
In administering the VLT program, SLGA is committed to its vision of the responsible use of this gaming product. The VLT network is carefully controlled and regulated and VLTs are only allowed in age-restricted liquor-permitted establishments. SLGA instituted a problem-gambling customer assistance training program in 1999, and continues to offer the training. The program requires one person from each VLT site to attend a one-day training session aimed at providing education on the issue of problem gambling, including: recognizing signs and symptoms; enhancing awareness of provincial and community programs, services and resources available; and providing tools to develop socially responsible business practices. All of Saskatchewan's VLTs feature responsible gaming software.
Know the Score 2
SLGA partnered with the Responsible Gambling Council to bring the Know the Score 2 (kts2) program to Saskatchewan post secondary students.
KTS2 is a national program focused on raising awareness among students about the real chances of winning and losing, signs of problem gambling, problem gambling services in the province and ways to keep gambling safer.
The program's interactive student displays visited six Saskatchewan post-secondary institutions in March 2010.