Last month, the LCLB released an Industry Consultation Document requesting input regarding Liquor Policy Review Recommendations 37 and 38.
We need your help in voicing the interests of the arts and culture industry by Friday, May 13, 2016. It is important for industry stakeholders to voice their opinions about these upcoming changes. All submissions should be sent via email and need to be specific to the questions asked in the Industry Consultation Document. Please see the bottom of this page for a step by step guide on what to do.
Recommendation 38 directly relates to creative spaces, like art galleries, that are currently barred from obtaining liquor licences. The recommendation and related questions are:
38. Food- or liquor-primary licences should be available to other types of businesses, allowing a range of new establishments (e.g., spas, cooking schools, and galleries) to offer liquor to their clientele as an additional service.
1. Will the removal of the primary purpose restriction for LP’s meet the needs of businesses presently not eligible for licensing?
2. Do you see any significant risks in removing the LP primary purpose restriction?
This issue has major implications on the financial sustainability and cultural vibrancy of the arts community. Art galleries, creative spaces, and arts organizations can benefit from favourable changes to liquor licensing. Below is a template detailing the major concerns. Remember to include your email address, name, and organization at the end of your email. Feel free to add anything we may have missed in your email!
Thank you for supporting British Columbia’s vibrant arts community. Your efforts will go a long way in improving our province’s culture and vitality.
What you can do:
1. Send an email to the following address and CC the Campaign for Culture, so we can make sure the Province has included your feedback.
2 .Set the subject line as shown below, and copy+paste the letter’s text into your email. Make sure to put your name and organization at the bottom of the letter. This is an industry consultation, so regular citizen input may not hold as much weight as the “industry”.