Province defines LDB as essential service


To our valued customers and industry partners,


Premier John Horgan and Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth recently announced BC’s next steps to support the COVID-19 response.


In consultation with Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s provincial health officer, the Province has defined essential services British Columbians rely on in their daily lives in the context of COVID-19 response and recovery. Furthermore, the government outlined the extraordinary powers it will rely on to maintain essential goods and services under the current state of provincial emergency.


Retail outlets that sell liquor and non-medical cannabis and the supply chain services that support them are included on the list of essential services, along with all government functions.


This means that the BC Liquor Distribution Branch (LDB) and each of its lines of business remain an essential service to the province.


All of our sites remain open for business including our BC Liquor Stores, BC Cannabis Stores, distribution centres, and head office.


The health and safety of our employees, our customers, those most vulnerable, and the communities we serve will continue to be our top priority. It is vital to the health of all British Columbians that our staff remain vigilant with regards to physical distancing, and adhere to the advice of health officials on hygiene and sanitation. As Minister Mike Farnworth has stated, the orders issued by provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry are not suggestions, they are the law.


The LDB, through its wholesale and retail lines of business, raises over $1 billion each year to support public services. This funding is going to be vital in supporting families and communities impacted by COVID-19.


We are committed to keeping our customers and industry partners advised of any changes or impacts to service going forward. Thank you for your support as we navigate this rapidly changing situation.



Blain Lawson
GM and CEO
BC Liquor Distribution Branch