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Charities get green light from government to auction liquor

By Contributor
November 24th, 2013

Non-profits and charities have a new way to raise money for causes that benefit society, as the B.C. government relaxes the rules around auctioning liquor.

Following through on an earlier commitment, the B.C. government is allowing privately-donated liquor, such as a vintage bottle of wine or a rare bottle of scotch from an individual’s private collection, as well as liquor donated by a business or manufacturer, to be put up for auction – as long as the funds raised go towards a charitable purpose.

Effective Friday (November 22), small volumes of liquor – up to two cases of wine, eight 750ml bottles of liquor, and/or 24 six-packs of beer, cider or coolers – can be auctioned without a permit. For larger volumes of liquor, a $50 permit will be required.

“The B.C. government recognized the rules around auctioning liquor were unnecessarily restrictive and has now taken action to change them – promise made, promise kept,” said Suzanne Anton, Attorney General and Minister of Justic.

“Whether it’s for arts and culture, sports and recreation, or education and literacy, these changes open the door to new fundraising opportunities for B.C.’s charities and non-profits, ultimately benefiting our communities.”

The permitting process is quick and simple, and was developed in consultation with the non-profit and charity sector.

These changes are an example of the practical and common-sense way in which government is modernizing B.C.’s liquor laws.

“These changes bring a common-sense approach to auctioning liquor for philanthropic purposes,” said John Yap, Parliamentary Secretary for Liquor Policy Reform.

“It was outdated liquor laws such as this one that prompted a review of B.C.’s liquor policies. As I prepare my final report, I will be considering the policy research and feedback I received from the public and stakeholders during our liquor policy consultation.”

The B.C. government launched a review of B.C.’s liquor laws in August. The public consultation component, which saw an unprecedented level of engagement, closed on Oct. 31, 2013.

Drawing from feedback on his blog, which was visited more than 76,000 times in seven weeks, and his consultations with stakeholders and industry groups, Parliamentary Secretary Yap will provide his recommendations to Attorney General and Minister of Justice Anton Monday (November 25).

The goal of the liquor policy review is to make balanced changes that reflect current lifestyles, continue to grow B.C.’s economy and minimize health and public safety impacts.

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