VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Feb. 23, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Restaurants Canada welcomes today’s announcement from the B.C. government confirming that the province will permanently allow licensed hospitality businesses to purchase beer, wine and spirits at wholesale prices as promised.

“This move will go a long way to help British Columbia's hard hit restaurant sector transition from survival to revival,” said Mark von Schellwitz, Restaurants Canada Vice President, Western Canada. “I want to thank Premier Horgan, Attorney General Eby and Public Safety Minister Farnworth for stepping up and following through on our longstanding recommendation to make wholesale liquor pricing a reality for bars and restaurants. This leveling of the playing field between the province’s retail and hospitality sectors is needed now more than ever.”

Policy change fulfills key ask from Raise the Bar report

Every two years, Restaurants Canada releases its Raise the Bar report on liquor policies impacting foodservice and hospitality businesses across the country. The 2019 Raise the Bar report called on British Columbia to follow through on the recommendations of the province’s Business Technical Advisory Panel (BTAP) and finally make wholesale pricing available to all types of licensed establishments.

Restaurants Canada and BTAP have been working closely with B.C. policymakers to bring about this critical liquor policy change among other reforms.

Learn more about all the ways that Restaurants Canada is advocating for better conditions for B.C. bars and restaurants: