VANCOUVER, June 20, 2014 /CNW/ - British Columbia's restaurant industry
welcomes liquor licensing changes announced today that simplify the
rules and cut red tape for restaurant owners and their guests.
Restaurants Canada, an industry association representing restaurant and
bar owners, says its B.C. members have been anxious to implement these
changes since December, when the government first announced its support
for the Liquor Review recommendations.
Today's announcement means:
Restaurants can serve a drink without complicated rules on food
Licensees can transfer small amounts of liquor between similar types of
Licensed establishments can alter their liquor prices during the day and
offer "Happy Hour" specials, with a minimum price of $3.00 per drink.
"These changes are a major step forward in modernizing the province's
liquor laws," said Mark von Schellwitz, Restaurants Canada's Vice
President, Western Canada. "The new rules are much more clear and
reasonable for owners, servers and their guests. Allowing business
owners to transfer liquor between one another is a simple change that
will help ensure they have their customers' favourite products in
"The changes made today will boost industry investment and job creation,
and help ensure a strong and vibrant restaurant and foodservice
industry. Restaurants Canada applauds Premier Clark and the B.C.
government for implementing them."
British Columbia's $10.3 billion restaurant industry is one of the
largest employment- and revenue-generating liquor stakeholders. It
directly employs more than 170,000 people in every community across the
Restaurants Canada is one of Canada's largest business associations,
with more than 30,000 members representing restaurants, bars, caterers,
institutions and other foodservice providers.
SOURCE: Restaurants Canada
For further information:
Contact: Mark von Schellwitz, Vice President, Western Canada, 604-685-9655 or cell 604-809-5719