March 03, 2016

March 2nd was BC’s first annual Red Tape Reduction Day. As part of this day, the Province repealed 37 outdated or unnecessary regulations to make it easier for people to understand and follow provincial requirements.

In celebration of Red Tape Reduction Day, ABLE BC was pleased to host Hon. Coralee Oakes (Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction, Minister Responsible for the LDB) at a reception in partnership with the Coalition of BC Businesses and Vancouver Board of Trade’s Small Business Council.

The Province also released its report on the Reducing Red Tape for British Columbians engagement held last fall. The report outlines the government’s plans to reduce red tape and improve services.

Included in this report are positive changes impacting the liquor industry:

  • Government is extending the hours that liquor can be delivered by room service within BC hotels and resorts. More details will be available to members soon.
  • Agents can provide liquor for education purposes to licensees and the public as part of consumer tastings.
  • The LCLB is improving consistency in the application of liquor regulations by holding an annual training session for all inspectors.
  • The LDB and LCLB have implemented a SOL online application system to streamline the process. For a single event, applicants can obtain a license for multiple days, and multiple locations within the same police jurisdiction.
  • The LDB is working on a tool for the SOL that helps applicants convert common tasting sizes to their full-size pour equivalents. This should help reduce confusion for tasting event organizers. This change is expected to be released in early 2016.
  • Download the full report: https://engage.gov.bc.ca/helpcutredtape/files/2016/03/Red-Tape-Reduction-Engagement-Report.pdf

Since her appointment as Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction in July, ABLE BC has worked closely with Minister Oakes to help cut red tape in BC’s liquor industry. While there is still much work to do, we are pleased to see the government making positive steps to tackle irritants for BC’s small business owners.

As always, please don’t hesitate to share with us any examples of bureaucratic processes, liquor laws, or regulations that make it harder for you to own and/or operate your business in BC’s liquor industry. You can also provide suggestions on simple, less onerous processes that could reduce red tape in BC and let ABLE BC members get on with the business of running their businesses. We can be reached by phone (604-688-5560) or email (info@ablebc.ca).


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