Import News & Industry Updates

LCL Policy Directive 16-11: No interior licensed area for patrons req'd for patio licence

Policy directive 16-11 expands eligibility for food primary and liquor primary applicants to apply for licenced patio without having interior licensed area for patrons.

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BC-only wine sales in supermarkets remains a contentious issue

Protectionist Measures Draw International Complaint. British Columbia-only wine sales in supermarkets remains a contentious issue

British Columbia premier Christy Clark’s bid to restrict supermarket wine sales to wines from her own province has once more triggered a letter of complaint from the countries supplying the majority of wines sold in Canada.

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“We are disappointed with the approach Alberta has taken with recent changes to its markup rates for craft beer,..."

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.


LCBO launches online sales and home delivery

LCBO launches online sales, home delivery

Toronto Star - Rob Ferguson - Queen's Park Bureau July 26, 2016.

     Booze sales are going online in Ontario as LCBO.com has launched web sales for 5,000 products from Canada and 85 countries as the provincial government continues its liberalization of alcohol retailing.

Finance Minister Charles Sousa said the online sales will allow customers to buy products they may not find in their local stores, making for more “virtual” shelf space.


Increasing the flow of wine among Québec, Ontario and British Columbia

The governments of Québec, Ontario and British Columbia will work together to ensure consumers have greater choice, convenience and expanded access to wines produced in their provinces.

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