VANCOUVER — The government of British Columbia is acting on a longstanding liquor policy recommendation to help bars and restaurants survive the challenges of COVID-19.
Wholesale liquor pricing for bars and restaurants has long been the number-1 liquor policy recommendation from Restaurants Canada; this reform was identified in the national association’s 2017 and 2019 Raise the Bar reports as one that would go a long way to improve operations for licensed establishments.
“On behalf of the province’s licensed establishments, I want to thank Premier John Horgan and Attorney General David Eby in particular for their leadership in making wholesale pricing a reality for bars and restaurants,” says Mark von Schellwitz, Restaurants Canada vice-president, Western Canada. “This comes at a much-needed time as licensed restaurants are re-opening under challenging restrictions that make it difficult to just break even. The wholesale liquor pricing lowers the cost for all licensees and can make the difference for whether an establishment can remain viable in these challenging times.”