In Canada, when one has a restaurant that serves liquor, they are required to have a liquor license. Issuing a liquor license is the responsibility of provincial governments. The guidelines for obtaining a liquor license in Canada can vary, but there are general laws that restaurants must abide by in order to receive and maintain a liquor license.
Each province will categorize liquor licenses into specific licenses or classes. Generally speaking, this can include: special event licenses, licenses for restaurants, lounges… etc., licenses for recreational facilities, canteens…etc, licenses for private clubs, licenses for retail liquor stores, hotels…etc, and licenses for making liquor. How the various establishments are classified will depend on the province.