Special Wine Store Licence Conference Call

Local governments are invited to participate in a provincial teleconference to discuss the legislative authority and regulations that provide for special wine store licences, including the sale of 100% BC wine from grocery stores. The teleconference will take place at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, March 4, 2016.

Now in force, the Special Wine Store Licence Auction Act (Bill 22) and regulations outline eligibility criteria to apply for a special wine store licence. The Province has also released Policy Directive No. 16-02, which provides pertinent information related to special wine store licences. Through this conference call, the Province seeks to discuss the information provided in those documents. Tentative discussion topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Number of special wine store licences;
  • Eligibility;
  • How the licences will be issued;
  • Fees;
  • Product selection; and,
  • Operating rules.


The Province will also use this conference call to clarify the one kilometre rule and its applicability to wine stores, as well as stakeholder concerns regarding this policy.

To participate, call 877.353.9184, and when prompted enter the participant code: 6848957#.

Questions related to this consultation may be directed to Bhar Sihota, UBCM Policy Analyst at 604.270.8226 Ext. 114.

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