Media contacts and press releases

Contact information

Linda Bouchard
Media Relations Officer
Telephone : 514 254-6000, ext. 5385

Yann Langlais-Plante
Media Relations Officer
Telephone : 514 254-6000, ext. 5795

Press releases

Case of COVID-19 among SAQ employees – Update

April 21, 2020

The SAQ was informed that one of its store employees was diagnosed today with COVID-19. The employee, who works at the store, located at 7077, Casgrain Avenue in Montreal, last worked on Thurdsay, April 9, 2020. He is currently in isolation at home, where he can focus on his recovery. The SAQ’s management team and his colleagues wish him a prompt recovery and are offering him the support he needs.

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The SAQ presents more than $500,000 to the Food Banks of Quebec network

September 10, 2020

The SAQ’s second fundraising campaign of the year for the Food Banks of Quebec (FBQ) network was held in SAQ stores, where, between August 27 and September 2, customers were encouraged to make a contribution at checkout. Totalling $572,806, the donation also includes the $12 delivery fees, given in full to the FBQ, for online orders made between May 31 and July 11, 2020.

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World first
Bridges incorporating glass powder built in Montreal

September 8, 2020

The Ville de Montréal, the Société des alcools du Québec (SAQ) and the Chaire SAQ de valorisation du verre dans les matériaux at the Université de Sherbrooke are pleased to announce a world first: the construction of two bridges using concrete that is 10% finely ground recovered glass.

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Net income of $243.5 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2020-2021

August 31, 2020

The SAQ today announced the results for the first quarter of its 2020-2021 fiscal year, which ended June 20, 2020. . In a quarter impacted by COVID-19 in various ways, sales totalled $768.6 million, an increase of only 0.7% over the first quarter of the preceding fiscal year. 

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The SAQ continues sharing, this time with a fall campaign for Food Banks of Quebec (FBQ)

August 26, 2020

To support its fellow citizens who face a challenging food situation due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Société des alcools du Québec (SAQ) is encouraging Quebecers to show their solidarity during its fall campaign for the benefit of Food Banks of Quebec (FBQ).

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SAQ confirms a single upward price adjustment in 2020

August 13, 2020

On Sunday, August 16, the SAQ will upwardly adjust the prices of several of the continuous replenishment products it offers to its customers, as we announce in June.

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Preventive Closing of Three Stores in Blainville and Mirabel

July 29, 2020

After eight of its employees tested positive for COVID-19 recently, the SAQ has announced the preventive closing of three stores on Montreal’s North Shore.

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Effective July 18
Face coverings must be worn in SAQ stores

July 15, 2020

Beginning Saturday, July 18, 2020, all customers who enter SAQ stores will be required to wear a face covering, as mandated by the new government and public health guidelines.

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The SAQ announces net income of $1.226 billion for fiscal 2019-2020

June 9, 2020

The SAQ ended its 2019-2020 fiscal year on March 28, 2020, with net income of $1.226 billion, up $79.6 million from the preceding fiscal year. Sales rose 5.9% to reach $3.489 billion. A $1.226 billion dividend paid to the Quebec government to the benefit of all Quebecers.

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The SAQ encourages you to make Quebec one of your choice!

June 4, 2020

As Quebec products continue gaining in popularity and customers become more aware of the issues around buying locally, the SAQ is pleased to announce the introduction of two new distinctive identifiers for Quebec products: Made in Québec and Bottled in Québec.

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The SAQ has transferred a record of over $2.8 million to Food Banks of Quebec (FBQ)

June 2, 2020

The SAQ employees and Quebecers at large have once again showed their solidarity with people in difficult situations. As a result, the SAQ is proud to have remitted a grand total of $2 865 444 million to the FBQ over the last three months, making company the largest single donor to the FBQ network.

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The SAQ continues sharing through its spring campaign for Food Banks of Quebec

May 14, 2020

To support fellow citizens facing precarious and unforeseeable situations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Société des alcools du Québec (SAQ) urges Quebecers to show their support during its spring fundraising campaign for Food Banks of Quebec (FBQ).

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The SAQ implements initiatives in support of Quebecers

April 16, 2020

Aware of the pandemic’s impact on Quebecers, customers and partners, the SAQ is adopting a series of measures to aid the collective effort and assist those in need.

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Sales of $1,219.3 million for the third quarter of 2019-2020

April 14, 2020

The SAQ today announced its financial results for the third quarter of its fiscal year, which ended on January 4, 2020. Compared with the third quarter of its preceding fiscal year, sales rose 5.2% to $1,219.3 million. This increase enabled the SAQ declare net earnings of $448 million, remitted in its entirety to the Quebec government.

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COVID-19 – The SAQ changes its opening hours to give its employees a break on Sundays

March 21, 2020

For several days now, the SAQ has been operating with reduced staff due to preventive self-isolation and the closing of schools and daycare centres. The current situation and high amount of traffic in SAQ stores mean that employees are experiencing considerable fatigue and concern. The SAQ has therefore decided to change the opening hours of the store network to give team members time to rest. Effective tomorrow and for an indeterminate period, all SAQ stores will be closed on Sundays and will reopen their doors to customers at noon on Mondays. Monday mornings will be devoted to cleaning and sanitizing the stores and restocking the shelves so that team members will be ready to start serving customers again.

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The SAQ answers the call of Food Banks of Québec - A message from Catherine Dagenais, President and CEO of the SAQ

March 18, 2020

Here at the SAQ, we were deeply concerned after food banks across the country raised alarm bells. The exceptional circumstances we are all currently going through require that we stick together and show solidarity. That’s why today we’re giving $1 million to Food Banks of Québec (FBQ). We want to support Quebecers facing precarious and unpredictable situations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We’d like to invite you to join us and help the food banks by making an online donation on the FBQ website.

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The SAQ responds to call from Food Banks of Quebec

March 18, 2020

Answering a cry for help from the country’s food banks, the SAQ is donating $1 million to Food Banks of Quebec (FBQ). The move is in support of Quebecers who find themselves in dire and unforeseen circumstances due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The SAQ is also encouraging customers to join the effort to support food banks by making a donation online through the FBQ website.

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Coming together in the face of COVID-19 : A message from Catherine Dagenais, President and CEO of the SAQ

March 17, 2020

In this difficult period of uncertainty, we know that every one of you is growing increasingly concerned about the COVID-19 virus. Rest assured that we stand together and that all our stores have implemented strict prevention measures that will allow our team to continue serving you. Our top priority remains the health of our employees and clients.

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COVID-19: Risk mitigation measures at the SAQ

March 13, 2020

The Société des alcools du Québec (SAQ) is sensitive to Quebecers’ growing concerns about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and has implemented measures aimed at minimizing the health risks for employees and customers and ensuring a safe working and shopping environment. The SAQ’s senior management has set up a dedicated committee that meets daily to assess the level of risk associated with COVID-19 and make sure the appropriate procedures have been implemented and explained to employees and customers.

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