February 18, 2016

On February 15th, Penticton’s City Council instructed municipal staff to draft policies applying a one kilometre distance separation between all retailers of beverage alcohol, including grocery. Public hearings on this matter are currently scheduled for March 7th and 21st. More details will be available soon.

Also on February 15th, Coquitlam City Council held a public town hall meeting to seek input on several changes to local liquor policies, including allowing liquor manufacturing (i.e. craft brewers, etc.) and to increase the local separation distance between all liquor stores from 300 metres to one kilometre. Although Council will not vote on these changes until its next meeting, it was clear that Council heard and respected our industry’s concerns as well as ABLE BC’s policy recommendations. For details about the proposed changes, please click here.

We offer our sincere thanks to all members who attended these meetings and spoke on behalf of our industry. Your support is instrumental in ensuring that local governments implement sensible policies that respect your investments and the jobs you create in your communities.

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