What is the role of ABLE BC?

BC’s Alliance of Beverage Licensees (ABLE BC) is the advocacy organization representing British Columbia’s private liquor industry. Our member includes private liquor stores, pubs, bars, nightclubs, hotel liquor licensees, and various agents, industry suppliers, and benefit providers. On behalf of our over 1,000 members, we advocate for a thriving and sustainable private liquor industry.

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 a thriving and sustainable private liquor industry 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 industry
  4. Negotiate industry-leading benefit programs that save our members time and money
  5. Act as a primary resource for information about liquor industry regulations, policies, and current issues



How does ABLE BC work?

The association is governed by an elected Board of 12 regionally-based Directors. We employ a full-time Executive Director and staff in our Vancouver office.

ABLE BC has two membership categories: Liquor Licensee Member (Licensee Retail Store or Liquor Primary) and Associate Member (Industry Supplier or Service Provider).

Membership fees: $675 per year for liquor licensees (each additional license is $375 per year) and $420 per year for associates.

How to apply: sign-up for a new membership online at ABLEBC.ca or contact Danielle Leroux.

United voice for BC’s private liquor industry

In spring 2017, ABLE BC announced a new agreement with the BC Private Liquor Store Association (BCPLSA). The BCPLSA officially ceased operations and encouraged it members to join ABLE BC. This agreement means ABLE BC is now the sole voice of LRSs in British Columbia and it will allow us to represent our members’ interests by articulating one vision for the private liquor industry.


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 second annual BC Liquor Conference is on October 23, 2017 at the Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver. The third annual BC Hospitality Summit in partnership with the BC Hotel Association takes place April 22-24, 2018 at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler.

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.

Ready to join? Become a member today.


Benefits of being a member

ABLE BC’s primary goal is to help build a thriving and sustainable private liquor industry in BC by advocating for your interests and proactively solving industry challenges. To that end we:

  • Ensure you have a voice with government officials and policy makers
  • Consult our members regularly to find out what matters most to your business
  • Help members resolve issues with our monopoly wholesale supplier
  • Keep you informed and up-to-date on government policies and regulations
  • Fight to reduce red tape and ensure regulations and policies are business-friendly

Download our Member Handbook to learn more about the issues we are advocating for and the Alliance’s strategies for change.

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Our Strategy

We know you’re busy, so all members get access to a host of benefit programs tailored specifically to your needs so they can save you and your business time and money. Some of our most popular programs include:

  • Get the best coverage in the industry for less, with Western Financial Group’s Hospitality Insurance Program
  • Sign-up for buyABLE: our online purchasing portal that offers you the group buying power necessary to thrive in today’s retail climate. Increase profitability and keep your business competitive.
  • Earn an average of $2700 per year with our Bottle Return Program
  • Earn an extra $1000 per month with our ATM provider (no fixed term commitment)
  • Get access to BC Liquor Store retail pricing with the new Liquor Guide

Download our Member Handbook to learn more.

Our Partners