IVSA News & Covid-19 updates: April 9th, 2020. Issue #10

COVID-19 information from IVSA included in today's notice:

April 9th, 2020 Issue #10

AGLC Bulletin and UPDATES
BC: BCLS, LDB Wholesale, BC Gov links & Newsfeeds
Federal Gov't- Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy UPDATE
Federal Gov't - Canada Emergency Business Account LOAN

AGLC policy updates: The AGLC has updated policies effective April 1, 2020.
Liquor Bulletin: Objection to an Application
Effective immediately, AGLC is reducing the amount of time an objection to a liquor license application may be filed from 21 days to seven days. View full bulletin.
AGLC Liquor Bulletin: Tastings
Effective immediately, all licensees that conduct their liquor tastings independent of a liquor agency may charge customers a fee that is no longer restricted to cost recovery. In addition, licensees will no longer be required to keep records of the tastings they conduct on their own. View full bulletin.
AGLC Liquor Bulletin: Separation of Business Document
Effective immediately, while separation of business requirements continue, AGLC will no longer require license applicants to complete a Separation of Business document. View full bulletin.
BCLS Update - No significant changes
BCLS continues to operate across the province, except a couple of stores in some of the smaller communities that have hit critical staffing levels; however, we have a couple of stores that have been closed reopening this week with reduced hours. You can view store closures at www.bcliquorstores.com.

BCLDB Wholesale
We’ve seen a bump in volume the last couple of days. Both KDC and Delta DCs are picking on-time. Both continue to function with lower than optimal staffing levels, though we see this starting to trend-up slightly. Both DCs are planning extra shifts for the long weekend to continue to focus on inbound and building inventory.

ContainerWorld Update – Reported by ContainerWorld

Inbound BC domestic winery volumes have levelled off over the past week to normal levels. Similarly, import volumes are at normal levels.. 
From an import supply and freight point of view, we have received information from our overseas agents that South Africa remains in lockdown status halting all non-essential services, which includes beverage alcohol production. Europe continues to move steadily.
BCLDB ordering remains relatively high, at the same levels as last week. The continuing higher volumes appear to be the result of replenishment due to the high consumer demand experienced by BCLS and private stores. Thanks to ongoing communications and collaboration between ContainerWorld and the BCLDB, any backlogs have been kept to a minimum.
Our private distribution channel remains uninterrupted and continues to focus on the LRS, BCLS, and grocery retail channels locations almost exclusively. Case volumes per order levelled off this past week to normal seasonal levels, with the overall number of customer orders trending at lower levels due to the weaker hospitality trade.
Keg volumes to the market continue to below, and some domestic suppliers are now retrieving keg products from storage for return to their brewery.
Our Richmond warehouse operation has been experiencing the return to work of some of our isolated team members, and absenteeism has been reducing.
Interior operations (Kamloops and Kelowna) currently remain intact; working closely with BDL as they work towards normalizing their operations.

Canada Wage Subsidy Change:
         businesses that show a 15% loss in revenue now eligible
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced more measures to support businesses and young Canadians taking a financial hit from the global COVID-19 pandemic.
The IVSA and many other associations and business groups raised the concern with the government that the initial criteria for the wage subsidy – including the requirement that a business claiming the subsidy see its revenue decline by 30 percent compared to the same month in the previous year – would exclude many businesses.
The Prime Minister said that under the proposed new rules, businesses could use January and February of 2020 as comparison months to measure their revenue drop – instead of just the same month last year – which should help new or scaled-up businesses qualify.
Another proposed adjustment reduces the required revenue drop to 15 percent for March, which is expected to capture the many businesses that were forced to shut down midway through that month.
Prime Minister Trudeau also said the government aims to have the wage subsidy program up and running in three weeks.
Another measure to help small businesses is a government-guaranteed $40,000 loan program. Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced today that the program – which offers 25 percent of the loan as a non-repayable grant if the rest of the loan is paid off by December 31, 2022 – would be available as of Thursday. The loans will be available through banks and credit unions.
On Monday, applications opened for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit. As of today, 1.72 million Canadians have applied.
Trudeau has said there would be adjustments to the program in the coming days to include more people, such as gig workers, contractors, and volunteer firefighters who work ten or fewer hours per week. He also has promised support for those who continue to work but are making less than they would through CERB.

Helpful Links

Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan
Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy
Canada Emergency Response Benefit

Canada Emergency Business Account: $40,000 loan program