What is the role of ABLE BC?

BC’s Alliance of Beverage Licensees (ABLE BC) is the voice of British Columbia’s private liquor and cannabis retail industries. Our membership includes private liquor stores, pubs, bars, nightclubs, hotel liquor licensees, and various agents, industry suppliers, and benefit providers.

Following the legalization of non-medical cannabis in October 2018, membership also includes licensed non-medical cannabis private retail stores in British Columbia.

On behalf of our over 1,000 members, we advocate for a thriving and sustainable private liquor and cannabis retail industries.

Advocating on your behalf since 1975

In 2004, BC Liquor Licensees & Retailers Association, BC & Yukon Hotel Association, and BC Cabaret Owners Association joined together to create a province-wide organization that would unite BC’s liquor licensees and effectively represent their interests: the Alliance of Beverage Licensees.

Prior to this, the BC Neighbourhood Pubs Association was formed in 1975. In 1999, it was renamed the BC Liquor Licensees & Retailers Association to include LRS operators.

What does ABLE BC do?

  1. Help build thriving and sustainable private liquor and cannabis retail industries in British Columbia
  2. Provide expert advice and recommendations to government partners
  3. Serve as a positive, proactive advocate to protect and expand business opportunities for the private liquor and cannabis retail industries
  4. Negotiate industry-leading benefit programs that save our members time and money
  5. Act as a primary resource for information about liquor and cannabis industry regulations, policies, and current issues



How does ABLE BC work?

The association is governed by an elected Board of 14 regionally-based Directors. We employ a full-time Executive Director and staff in our Vancouver office.

ABLE BC has three membership categories: Liquor Licensee Member (Licensee Retail Store or Liquor Primary), Non-Medical Cannabis Retail License, and Associate Member (Industry Supplier or Service Provider).

Membership fees: $805 per year for liquor and cannabis licensees (each additional license is $490 per year) and $500 per year for associates.

How to apply: sign-up for a new membership online at ABLEBC.ca or contact Danielle Leroux. Monthly payment plans available upon request.


Get involved with ABLE BC

Elections are held on an annual basis for our Board of Directors. A call for Board of Director nominations is released prior to our fall Annual General Meeting. Director positions are for a two-year term. Members in good-standing who have a sincere desire to develop our industry and membership in their respective region are encouraged to apply.

Participate in a committee. Help form ABLE BC’s policy and government strategies, share your expertise, improve our group buying program, and support our annual conferences. Contact our office for more information.

Don’t miss our bi-annual conferences: the BC Liquor Conference in the fall and the BC Hospitality Summit (hosted in partnership with the BC Hotel Association) in the spring.

Come out to a member meeting. ABLE BC hosts regular member meetings throughout the province. These meetings are a critical opportunity for ABLE BC to answer your questions directly, hear face-to-face about the issues that matter most to you, and connect with other members. View our event calendar or subscribe to our e-newsletter to keep updated on upcoming events.

Join the fight! Become a member today.


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