B.C. liquor laws get overhauled

Minister Rich Coleman has recently announced several changes that will help support local breweries and distilleries.

  • Feb. 12, 2013 6:00 p.m.

VANCOUVER – Minister Rich Coleman has recently announced several changes that will help support local breweries and distilleries, create new business opportunities, and revise current liquor laws in British Columbia.

Changes announced include the following:

* Brewers and distillers now can apply to have an on-site consumption area such as a lounge, tasting room or event area.

* Small- and medium-sized liquor manufacturers will be allowed up to three common ownership and business relationships with licensed establishments located off

their manufacturing site.

* Rules around how liquor manufacturers can promote their products in bars and restaurants have been simplified by removing the requirement for a buy-sell agreement.

* Distilled liquor products that consist of 100 per cent British Columbia agricultural raw materials and are distilled in B.C. by licensed distilleries are now eligible for mark-up exempt direct sales.

* A honourary B.C. wine envoy will be named with a mandate to work to complement existing efforts to open up domestic markets for B.C. wines.

* Wine stores will become licensees under the Liquor Control and Licensing Act.

* The criteria on whether private liquor stores can relocate within one kilometre of an existing liquor store are now set out in regulation rather than policy.

* All increases to liquor-primary capacity will now require local government input.

* Allowing rural agency stores to purchase unlimited amounts of beer through their local government liquor store.

Just Posted

What’s Up: Things to see and do on Family Day

There’s plenty of fun to be had across the West Kootenay this coming long weekend!

Province announces $23 million for upgrades at Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital

West Kootenay-Boundary Regional Hospital District Board has yet to review the provincial proposal

Selkirk College Saints score pair of crucial wins

Stellar goaltending and timely goals lead to victory over the Vancouver Island University Mariners.

UPDATE: Two-car accident closes Highway 3A at Thrums

Road expected to open for single-lane alternating traffic at 2 p.m.

OPINION: Florio Vassilakakis calls city tax increase ‘overly ambitious’

One city councillor’s take on the City of Castlegar’s proposed budget

VIDEO: Historic night in Red Deer as 2019 Canada Winter Games kicks off

Star-studded Opening Ceremony features athletes from across Canada

B.C. students win Great Waters Challenge video contest

Video, mural and song about saving the salmon claims the top prize

Castlegar Art Walk seeks artists and venues

The 23rd Annual Castlegar Art Walk will run from June 17 to Sept. 28.

Kootenay Gallery announces 2019 lineup

Castlegar’s art gallery will be showcasing a variety of artists this year.

B.C. couple attacked with acid, slashed with knife in Vietnam

Warning, graphic images: Man has burns on 80 per cent of his body, slashed with knife

Kootenay Special O athletes headed to provincials

Floor hockey team from Castlegar and Grand Forks will represent the Kootenay Region.

Flying squirrels found to glow pink in the dark, including two from B.C.

Squirrels from Hope and Abbotsford were included in the biologists’ database

Ontario police field complaints over Amber Alert for missing girl, 11, found dead

Some said the Amber Alert issued late Thursday for Riya Rajkumar disrupted their sleep

Names keep adding to vaccine petition started by B.C. mom

Maple Ridge mom started campaign to make vaccination a condition of attending school

Most Read