October 15, 2020

Dear ABLE BC Members and Industry Colleagues,

Here’s what you’ll find inside today’s update:

  • Recap of last week’s updates
  • Register now: first virtual BC Liquor Conference next week
  • New survey: temporary policies for liquor primaries and food primaries
  • ABLE BC Provincial Election Toolkit
  • Register now: free Restoring Confidence program for businesses
  • Limited Bottle Pick Service Expands
  • Provincial state of emergency extended
  • BC Hospitality Foundation Online Lottery

Find all past COVID-19 updates here.

Recap of last week’s updates

Here’s what you may have missed from ABLE BC last week:

  • October 7: Virtual BC Liquor Conference is 2 weeks away! Program inside.
  • October 8: Temporary Policies for Liquor and Food Primaries Survey
  • October 9: New PHO Public Order and Federal Funding Updates
  • October 13: What to expect at the virtual BC Liquor Conference next week

Register now: first virtual BC Liquor Conference next week

ABLE BC’s first ever virtual BC Liquor Conference is next week! We hope you will join us online October 19 and 20.

Register here.

It is shaping up to be an interesting and informative two days. Attorney General David Eby will be there to answer your questions directly and articulate his vision for our industry, we’re hosting a deep-dive on retail sales trends, and a session with practical, innovative ideas to increase profitability for LPs. The full program can be found here

Although we’re hosting the conference live online, registration includes download of all videos and content.

Still unsure about attending? Our Executive Director Jeff Guignard shares his five reasons why you need to be at our virtual conference: watch now.

Click here to register now.

New survey: temporary policies for liquor primaries and food primaries

Since the start of the pandemic, the provincial government has implemented a number of temporary policies to support our industry in this time of crisis.

Please complete this short survey by ABLE BC, BCRFA, and Restaurants Canada about these temporary policies liquor primaries and food primaries.

When government is back in session, this information will be used in our discussions with them to demonstrate the impact of these temporary policies. 

If you have any questions or concerns about this survey, please contact ABLE BC: info@ablebc.ca.

ABLE BC Provincial Election Toolkit

Download ABLE BC’s Provincial Election Toolkit: an advocacy guide to engaging your candidates and getting your voice heard.

The toolkit includes suggested talking points, our policy priorities, and questions to ask your local candidates.

If you have any other questions or concerns about the election, please contact our Executive Director Jeff Guignard: jeff@ablebc.ca.

Download Toolkit.

We are pleased to see that all three political parties in BC’s election have responded to our serious concerns and recommendations in their election platforms. 

Below are the specific commitments made by the BC Liberals and the BC NDP so far in this campaign. We have also included links to their full platforms.

BC Liberals:

  • Support hospitality businesses by permanently allowing liquor delivery with takeout, wholesale pricing from any liquor store, and streamlined approval of patio and outdoor dining.
  • Cap online food delivery charges by third-party apps at 15 per cent, to support local restaurants [and pubs] during the pandemic.
  • Full platform is available here.

BC NDP:

  • Help BC restaurants and hospitality businesses through COVID-19 and beyond: “we’ll continue to support this sector by making permanent the urgent action we took in the spring: authorizing the expansion of service areas, such as patios; allowing restaurants and pubs to purchase beer, wine, and spirits at wholesale cost instead of liquor store retail prices; and allowing liquor delivery with takeout.”
  • Cap online food delivery charges by third-party apps at 15 per cent, and all other additional fees to five per cent.
  • Full platform is available here.

Register now: free Restoring Confidence program for businesses

Register your business for the new Restoring Confidence program, a free poster initiative created by the BCRFA and the provincial government.

Sign-up to receive your poster here.

Re-engage customers, increase confidence, and encourage repeat business by displaying a COVID-19 Local Business Poster and promoting your business’s compliance with health and workplace guidelines.

Each COVID-19 Local Business Poster includes a unique QR code that customers can scan to read your business’s COVID-19 Safety Plan. 

Participation is voluntary and the application can be completed in under 10 minutes.

Learn more and sign-up here. For more information, please refer to this BCRFA Backgrounder.

Limited Bottle Pick Service Expands

LDB Wholesale Operations has shared with us the following update on limited bottle pick service:

LDB Wholesale Operations will be resuming bottle pick service for an additional selection of SKUs.

Bottle pick service for high demand SKUs was expanded this summer, and another 49 selections will be available for bottle pick, effective immediately. These 49 products reflect the next top-selling SKUs and were chosen in an effort to support liquor retailers and hospitality customers while ensuring orders will be picked, assembled and shipped on time.

The complete list of all available bottle pick products is located on the Wholesale Operations website.

Please note that the 10% bottle pick rule – as applicable to specific customer types, and outlined in the WCC Order Handbook – will continue to apply.  

Our partnerships are very important to us, and we are committed to working with all our customers to support their operations. We thank you for your patience as we work to deliver the services and products our mutual customers rely on.

Provincial state of emergency extended

The Province of British Columbia has formally extended the provincial state of emergency, allowing health and emergency management officials to continue to use extraordinary powers under the Emergency Program Act to support the Province’s COVID-19 pandemic response.

The state of emergency is extended through the end of the day on October 27, 2020, to allow staff to continue to take the necessary actions to keep British Columbians safe and manage immediate concerns and COVID-19 outbreaks.

For more information, please read the news release.

BC Hospitality Foundation Online Lottery

The BC Hospitality Foundation (BCHF) is pleased to announce that tickets for its online lottery are now available for purchase. Prizes for the “BC: Our Beautiful Backyard” Lottery include first-class food, drink, and accommodations in Whistler, Greater Vancouver, Vancouver Island, and the Okanagan.

Tickets are available for less than 3 weeks, as sales close at midnight on Sunday, November 1, 2020. The roster of 15 prizes features a selection of mini vacations, a personal chef at your home, gift cards and pub packs in Vancouver and Victoria. All trips are redeemable in 2021.

Learn more and buy your tickets here

The BCHF thanks all the businesses that generously donated the amazing prizes for the venture. Proceeds from the lottery will support the BCHF’s charitable work, which includes providing financial assistance to hospitality workers in financial crisis due to extraordinary health conditions, as well as administering a scholarship program to foster the development of the next generation of hospitality industry workers and leaders.

Get your lottery tickets today!


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