Cheers! CFIB raises a glass to Service Nova Scotia

Halifax, January 24, 2017 – To coincide with CFIB’s Red Tape Awareness Week, Service Nova Scotia is announcing a positive change to liquor license regulations for restaurant owners in Nova Scotia.

Starting today, restaurant operators with a valid liquor license will be able to serve up to two alcoholic drinks to a customer without requiring the customer to order food. Until now, customers had to order food to be served an alcoholic drink or move to the restaurant’s designated lounge area, if there was one.

“Many of our members will be very pleased to see this sensible change,” said Jordi Morgan, Vice-President Atlantic for CFIB. “Being required to maintain two separate liquor licenses within one restaurant is an unnecessary expense and paperwork for its own sake. It’s good to see this kind of antiquated, bureaucratic rule eliminated to support small business.”

CFIB attended the announcement by Service Nova Scotia Minister, Mark Furey, at The Blue Olive Greek Taverna, on Quinpool Road in Halifax. Furey noted, “The change will allow licensed restaurants – especially those without a lounge space – to better meet the needs of their customers. This is about helping restaurants stay competitive, while continuing to ensure the sale and consumption of alcohol is done in a responsible way.”

CFIB has worked hard over the years to help all levels of government understand the perspective of small businesses on how unnecessary, redundant, expensive and burdensome regulations impact small business operations. Red Tape Awareness Week is an opportunity to increase visibility on this important issue and keep the needs of small businesses at the forefront of government decision making.

To arrange an interview with Jordi Morgan, please contact Ryan Richard at 902-420-1997 or

CFIB is Canada’s largest association of small and medium-sized businesses with 109,000 members across every sector and region.