British Columbia is permanently allowing alcohol to be sold with takeout and delivery

Published March 12, 2021

Acting on the recommendation of Restaurants Canada, the Government of British Columbia has made changes to the province’s liquor rules to permanently allow alcohol to be sold with takeout and delivery orders.

In March 2020, British Columbia’s Liquor Control and Licensing Regulation (LCLR) was amended in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to temporarily authorize liquor primary and food primary licensees to sell packaged liquor of all types in conjunction with the sale of a meal that is for takeout or delivery. This authorization was due to expire on March 31, 2021.

New Policy

The temporary authorization described in Policy Directive 20-27 that was set to expire on March 31, 2021 has now been made permanent.

This authority is subject to terms and conditions. The delivery of liquor under this authority is subject to the LCLR and terms and conditions. For the purposes of the terms and conditions, the word “unopened” in the regulation means packaged in the container the manufacturer sold the product in.

Further Information

Further information regarding liquor and cannabis regulation and licensing in British Columbia is available on the Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch website at:
http://www.gov.bc.ca/liquorregulationandlicensing

If you have any questions regarding these changes, please contact the Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch toll free in Canada at 1-866-209-2111 or 250 952-5787 if calling from the Victoria area.

Marlee Wasser

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