B.C. vaccine passport coming in September as province follows Quebec

British Columbia announced on August 23 that it is following Quebec by becoming the second province to require proof of vaccination for entry to establishments including restaurants. The B.C. vaccine passport will come into effect on September 13, two weeks after Quebec’s goes live. Unlike Quebec’s, the B.C. vaccine passport will only mandate that patrons […]

B.C. restaurants remove local salmon from the menu

B.C. restaurants are taking local wild salmon off of their menus in response to declining populations. The move comes shortly after the decision by Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) in June to close 79 commercial Pacific-salmon fisheries in B.C. and the Yukon. That represents 60 per cent of commercial salmon fisheries in the two provinces. The […]

B.C. liquor stores see hours permanently extended

B.C. liquor stores are getting more flexibility in their operations on a permanent basis. Liquor retailers in the province had been authorized to open earlier for the safety and convenience of their customers during the COVID-19 pandemic back in April 2020. In April 2020, the government temporarily authorized retailers including wine stores and private liquor […]

Temporary B.C. patios get path to permanency

Pandemic-prompted temporary B.C. patios could be welcome for the long term at the province’s restaurants and pubs. As a first step to promised new rules, the provincial Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Board (LCRB) will extend current permission for British Columbia’s temporary expanded service areas (TESAs) until June 1, 2022, and continue to accept applications for […]

B.C. restaurants can serve liquor later as banquet halls reopen

Effective Tuesday, June 15, British Columbia moved into Step 2 of its reopening process, meaning that B.C. restaurants can now serve liquor until midnight. Indoor dining in B.C. restaurants reopened on May 25 after two months closed as Step 1 of the targeted relaunch plan began. Under those terms, restaurants could serve liquor until 10 […]

BC indoor dining reopens after 2 months

Restaurants in British Columbia can reopen for BC indoor dining on May 25, when the province’s “circuit-breaker” measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 expire.  Indoor dining in the province had been closed since March 29. The provincial update on COVID-19 recovery on Tuesday afternoon confirmed that from May 25, people can eat indoors with […]

B.C. introduces paid sick leave for workers

Workers in British Columbia will soon have access to a paid sick leave program that will support them to stay home when they are sick during and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic. The legislation introduced on May 11 will also include permanent paid illness leave. Amendments to the Employment Standards Act will bring in three days […]

B.C. circuit-breaker relief grant open for applications

British Columbia is now accepting applications for the B.C. circuit-breaker relief grant for foodservice and hospitality businesses hurt by the recent COVID-19 restrictions. Eligible businesses include restaurants, pubs, bars, coffee shops, cafes, cafeterias, lounges, nightclubs, breweries, wineries, and tasting rooms. The grant is repurposing $50 million from the province’s $345 million Business Recovery Grant to […]

B.C. indoor dining banned amid rising COVID-19 cases

B.C. indoor dining has been temporarily banned by the British Columbia government as part of new COVID-19 restrictions designed to curb an alarming surge in cases. The ban on indoor dining at provincial restaurants, bars, and other foodservice establishments is expected to remain in place for the next three weeks, until April 19. Patio dining […]

B.C. wholesale alcohol pricing measure made permanent

British Columbia has announced that B.C. wholesale alcohol pricing will become a permanent measure, allowing restaurants, bars, and tourism operators to buy liquor at lower prices. A temporary change to allow for B.C. wholesale alcohol pricing was enacted in June 2020 in a bid to help revive a struggling industry that has been hit devastatingly […]