B.C. launches review of liquor laws
A review of B.C.’s liquor laws is beginning today (August 7), as letters are sent out to stakeholders in the province seeking feedback.
According to a news release from the B.C. Ministry of Justice, letters will be sent to over 10,000 liquor licensees and liquor agency stores over the coming weeks. A second phase of the review process will be launched in September, when the ministry will seek public input through a liquor policy review website.
John Yap, the parliamentary secretary for liquor policy reform, will look at issues including licensing and control as part of the review.
“Our approach much address such considerations as public safety, responsible use, the efficiency and fairness of the application process for licensees, the sustainability of the liquor manufacturing sector, and revenue security for government,” Attorney General and Minister of Justice Suzanne Anton wrote in a letter to Yap.
Yap will submit a report, including recommendations for liquor reform, to Anton by November 25.
According to the ministry, some of the concerns that B.C. residents have already identified include the process for obtaining a liquor licence for bars and pubs, which can take upwards of a year.
The last major review of provincial liquor laws took place in 1999, and did not include public consultation.