Statement by John Yap, BC Parliamentary Secretary for Liquor Reform Policy:
(posted on July 29th, 2016)
“We are disappointed with the approach Alberta has taken with recent changes to its markup rates for craft beer, which create an unfair advantage for Alberta beer at the expense of the 118 craft breweries we have here in British Columbia. These changes are not in line with the spirit of open-market access and the New West Partnership Agreement.
“By raising the beer markup for small craft brewers by over 1,000% and only making grant funding available to brewers in Alberta to offset this fee increase, they are clearly discriminating against craft-beer products from British Columbia and limiting market access for B.C. craft brewers.
“The majority of B.C. breweries are smaller-scale producers who play an important role in B.C.’s economy and employ approximately 2,500 people throughout the province."