November 10, 2016

In spring 2016, the City of Vancouver began their municipal liquor policy review and invited industry and the public to have their say in Vancouver’s future liquor regulations. Almost 9,000 people shared their thoughts on liquor and liquor policy in Vancouver.

Based on public feedback, the City of Vancouver developed draft actions that will shape the Vancouver Liquor Strategy. Stakeholders were asked to give additional input on these potential policy actions in September.

The city is reviewing several municipal policy areas including:

  • Where and when liquor is sold, made, or served
  • Size and types of venues that serve liquor
  • Rules for liquor on patios
  • Supporting no-liquor or low-liquor entertainment options

ABLE BC has received an update from the City of Vancouver on the “Vancouver Liquor Strategy” timeline. As members may recall, City of Vancouver staff have been planning to bring the recommended Liquor Strategy to Vancouver City Council at the end of November. The timing for this meeting with Council has now changed: staff is aiming to present final recommendations to Council on February 8, 2017. About one week prior to this meeting, the draft report will be available online.

ABLE BC will keep members updated as more details become available. If you have any questions or concerns about this issue please don’t hesitate to contact us at 604-688-5560 or

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