Todays industry update includes:

  • ABLE BC Updates
  • BC pubs, bars, and restaurants can sell liquor with takeout or delivery permanently
  • Liquor Retail Sales on St. Patrick's Day
  • Canadian Red Cross Employment Opportunities | Supporting Vaccine Sites in our Communities
  • Restaurants Canada - Weekly Update from President & CEO
  • BCHF #HospitalityHustle
  • BC Parks and Recreation - Advocating for Increased Funding
  • Mark Your Calendars
  • TIABC FREE Culinary Tourism Webinars!
  • Impact Conference 2021
  • BC Chamber of Commerce 2021 Virtual AGM and Conference
  • In The News
For any questions please reach out to our team. 
ABLE BC Updates
BC pubs, bars, and restaurants can sell liquor with takeout or delivery permanently

BC's Solicitor General Mike Farnworth announced that Liquor and Food Primaries are permanently authorized to sell packaged liquor of all types for off-site consumption with the purchase of a meal for takeout or delivery.
This policy change is intended to provide long-term financial support to the hospitality industry and aid industry recovery from the pandemic. It also fulfills the commitment made in Minister Farnworth's mandate letter.
The policy was originally set to expire to on March 31, 2021.
The sale and delivery of packaged liquor for off-site consumption continues to be subject to terms and conditions and provisions in the Liquor Control and Licensing Regulation. Licensees should be fully aware of these requirements before they commence the sale and delivery of packaged liquor.
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.
For more information:
Reminder: to-go cups and mixed cocktails not allowed
A reminder to all licensees: selling liquor or pre-mixed cocktails in to-go cups or solo cups is currently not allowed.
Selling cocktails or other beverages in “to go” containers contravenes the terms and conditions of your license and will make you subject to possible enforcement action.
Other provinces, such as Ontario, now allow the sale of bottled cocktails to go. We are currently exploring the possibility of allowing this in BC with government.
Liquor Retail Sales on St. Patrick's Day

Last week, we shared with you the additional restrictions Dr. Henry announced for liquor and food primaries on St. Patrick's Day.
We have since been informed directly by the Provincial Health Officer these restrictions also apply to liquor retailers. All liquor sales on St. Patrick's Day - retail and on-premise - must end by 8:00 pm.
We sincerely apologize for this confusion. A copy of the updated public order is still not available, but please refer to yesterday's update for more information on St. Patrick's Day restrictions.
If you have any other questions or concerns, please contact ABLE BC:
Employment Opportunities | Supporting Vaccine
Sites in our Communities
Our role as the BC Hotel Association is to support the reopening plan for the travel economy, to provide support for our workforce and industry. By working hand-in-hand with the Red Cross, we trust this opportunity will serve to keep our treasured workforce in our communities so we can all get back to the positions we have chosen as our careers before too long. 
The Canadian Red Cross is looking for caring and compassionate individuals to join their team to support the vaccine rollout in communities around the province as we continue to respond to COVID-19. 
At the request of provincial and local health authorities in British Columbia the Canadian Red Cross is preparing to hire people to provide non-clinical support for vaccination clinics.
The following positions are available:
  • Up to 6 months Full-Time, $20 to $25/hour 
  • This service oriented profile has for mission to contribute toward the establishment and maintenance of safe & supportive working environments for diverse populations and incorporating cultural considerations.
  • Up to 6 months Full-Time, $26 to $38/hour 
  • This leadership profile is an on-site role and will oversee/direct the work of the team to ensure a safe and consistent service delivery plan, recognize and escalate issues, barriers, hardships and strategies for service improvement. 
  • Up to 6 months Full-Time, $33.02/hour 
  • This management profile requires to organize, coordinate and align services within the geography and across Provinces engaged in similar operations and will serve as a key liaison person for external partners, agencies, and government. 
Full training is provided, along with travel and accommodation if required.  

Individuals will be deployed across three regions:  
  • Island: Victoria, Langford, Duncan, Nanaimo 
  • Interior: Kelowna, Kamloops, Trail, Vernon, Penticton, Cranbrook, Williams Lake
  • North: Prince George 

Mandate dates: 12 of April to end of September
Please click relevant job title to apply.
Restaurants Canada: Weekly Update from President & CEO
Lat week, we held another of our on-going Restaurant Revival Working Group meetings with the Federal Government. This meeting was focused on what our industry needs to recover and move towards revival. From tourism grants to tax credits, we want to encourage the government to think outside the box with an emphasis on our ‘Restaurant Industry Relaunch Plan’. These initiatives will tie back to our ongoing 'Picture life without restaurants' PR campaign (#RestaurantsAreFamily) and will encourage Canadians to spend more money in the economy, which translates into additional government revenue through HST, income tax, and job creation in support of our collective economic recovery.
We also continue to encourage any/all operators who have applied for HASCAP to share their feedback with us so that we can ensure your concerns are being raised immediately with the government. Federal officials have put a tremendous amount of political capital into hoping HASCAP delivers where previous loan programs fell short, so they are eager to know what key industry stakeholders in the foodservice sector have to say.
As vaccines start to roll out across Canada, we know that there is some confusion and there are questions over where restaurant workers will stand on the priority lists across the provinces. We are advocating for the inclusion of food and beverage workers in early stages of vaccine rollouts (post vulnerable populations and health care workers) as we are a vital work force responsible for serving and feeding the public. We will be creating a vaccine update by province in the coming weeks as more information on this becomes available.
BCHF: Hospitality Hustle
This FREE province-wide virtual event, a fundraiser for the BC Hospitality Foundation (BCHF), is a great way to promote your overall wellbeing and to connect safely with others in the hospitality industry.

#HospitalityHustle presented by Odlum Brown Limited is meant to give people a healthy goal that would help keep them physically and mentally strong!
Show solidarity with owners and workers in the hospitality and tourism industry who are…
  • struggling or have lost their livelihoods
  • still working hard to keep their business afloat during extraordinary times
  • providing a takeout option for those who are socially isolating and/or need a night off
Learn more at:
BC Parks and Recreation: Advocating for Increased Funding
In early February, we were part of more than 20 partners representing 2,000+ business and organizations in BC who co-signed two letters to the Premier to request a commitment to increase the annual operating budget for BC Parks and Recreation Sites and Trails.
The first was a letter to request a commitment to increase the annual budget for BC Parks to $100M for capital, land acquisition and operational investments that will spur economic recovery, support reconciliation, and support the health of people and nature in BC.
The second was a letter with a request to increase the annual operating budget for Recreation Sites and Trails to $12.5M.
On March 12th, the group received a response from the Honourable George Heyman, Minister, Environment and Climate Change Strategy. Read the letter here.
Learn more here
Mark Your Calendars
The Tourism Industry Association of Canada in partnership with TIABC is happy to offer free online Culinary Tourism webinars to tourism operators and organizations
Five themed webinars will assist small and medium tourism operators and partners develop culinary tourism strategies to maintain their businesses and attract both domestic international visitors once Canada is ready to welcome them again. 
Partnering For Success Webinar 
Thursday, March 18th at 9:00am PT (10:00am MT)
Growing Agritourism Webinar
Thursday, March 25th at 8:00am PT (9:00am MT)
Exceeding Expectations Webinar 
Wednesday, March 31st at 8:00am PT (9:00am MT)
For more details, click here
Impact Conference 2021
Please join us for an incredibly impactful 1.5 hours as we take a deeper look at the tourism recovery opportunities ahead:

  • Marsha Walden, President and CEO, Destination Canada
  • Keith Henry, President and CEO, Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada and IMPACT Co-Chair
  • Katie Briscoe, President, MMGY Global
Moderated by Paul Nursey, President and CEO, Destination Greater Victoria and IMPACT co-founder.
Wednesday March 31st
8:30am - 10:00am PT
Registration is free but all participants must register.
BC Chamber of Commerce 2021 Virtual AGM and Conference
Friday May 28 - Saturday May 29

Time to block your calendars — the BC Chamber of Commerce is inviting you to its virtual AGM and Conference, taking place May 28-29, 2021.
During a year where connection means more than it ever has, this event brings together Chamber members from across the province to share what's on BC's mind, connect deeply about business priorities, and debate policies that will drive the BC Chamber's advocacy efforts for the years ahead.
Watch your inbox for more event details to be shared in the coming weeks!
Save the date — don't miss out!

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