B.C. grocery stores could sell beer and wine

Dec 19 2017, 4:41 pm

The provincial government is examining the possibility of allowing beer and wine to be sold in your local neighbourhood grocery store.

Currently, alcohol in British Columbia can only be sold at government-owned and operated liquor stores as well as a limited number of heavily regulated privately operated locations.

However, the plan could follow a model in Ontario where liquor stores are located within a grocery store instead of the open aisle model found in Alberta and the United States.

If approved following the currently ongoing Liquor Policy Review public consultation, this would be a significant change in the distribution and sale of alcohol and could foster a more mature view of alcohol consumption.


The public is being asked to submit their opinion on reforming B.C.’s outdated liquor laws. The deadline to submit is this Thursday, October 31 on the government’s public consultation website.

To date, the Review is reporting that an overwhelmingly majority of the comments supports major changes to the current laws, some nearly a century old dating back to the prohibition era.

What are your thoughts on allowing beer and wine to be sold at grocery stores? Let us know by commenting below.


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