Written by Mark Hicken Mark Hicken
Category: Latest News Latest News
Published: 04 April 2014 04 April 2014

On March 6th, the BC Government released further details of its ongoing reforms to BC liquor laws including more specific information on grocery store liquor sales and a timeline for 15 of the 73 reforms that are being implemented as a result of the liquor policy review. The press release is here: BC Outlines Balanced Plan for Grocery Store Liquor Sales. In addition, amendments were introduced in the legislature that will implement some of the proposed changes: Bill 15, Liquor Control and Licensing Amendment Act 2014.

Highlights of the changes include:

A timeline is set out in the press release for 15 of the liquor policy review changes which indicates that some of the announced changes will be implemented in "Spring/Summer 2014" (e.g. farmers' market sales, festival sales, happy hour, off-site storage for licensees, intra-transfer of liquor), others will be implemented in "Fall 2014" (e.g. education initiatives, serving it right changes, expansion of manufacturer sales to include additional products) and some in "Winter 2015" (e.g. grocery store liquor sales). In addition, a complete re-write of the existing licensing statute will be done and a new Act will be introduced in "spring 2015".