About the LDB


The Liquor Distribution Branch (LDB) is one of two branches of Government responsible for the wholesale distribution and retail sale of beverage alcohol and non-medical cannabis. While it is not a crown corporation, the LDB is required to comply within the requirements of a Crown agency in relation to its financial reporting, service plan and mandate letter.


To fulfill our responsibilities to Government and the people of BC, the LDB:

• generates revenue for the Government of BC;
• manages the LDB’s business risks;
• ensures accountability of key business partners; and
• develops and implements programs and services aimed at deterring the sale of non-medical cannabis and beverage alcohol to minors and those who appear intoxicated.


The LDB is proud to contribute more than $1 billion annually to the Province of B.C., helping to provide financial support for vital public services such as health care and education.




The Liquor Distribution Act (LDA) gives the LDB the sole right to purchase beverage alcohol both within BC and from outside the province, in accordance with the federal Importation of Intoxicating Liquors Act.  The Cannabis Distribution Act (CDA) establishes a government wholesale cannabis distribution model, public cannabis retail stores, and an online government sales channel.


Under the Ministry of Finance, the LDB has a General Manager and CEO who is responsible for administering the LDB and the CDA, subject to direction from the Minister. The General Manager and CEO:


• Operates a province-wide, retail and wholesale beverage alcohol business, within a mixed public-private retail model;
• Operates a province-wide, retail and wholesale non-medical cannabis business within a mixed public private retail model;
• Has a workforce of approximately 4,600 full- and part-time employees