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. 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 […]

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 […]

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. 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 […]

SkipTheDishes receives backlash for B.C. surcharge

Delivery platform SkipTheDishes has courted controversy in British Columbia by introducing a new B.C. surcharge on orders in response to the province’s temporary cap on third-party delivery services’ fees. The temporary 15-per-cent cap on the fees that delivery services can charge restaurants went into effect on December 22 in what the provincial government described as […]

Governments of Canada and British Columbia announce new bundling service through BizPaL

Press release Free online business permit and licence service saves time, cuts red tape and helps entrepreneurs British Columbia’s internationally renowned culinary scene is fuelled by hardworking entrepreneurs. Thanks to a new innovative service feature available through BizPaL, starting a new restaurant will become easier in Victoria, Kelowna, Penticton, Vancouver, the City of North Vancouver, […]