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We seek second round of input to help shape liquor polices

September 8 2016

People drinking at an outdoor festival

Based on public feedback heard earlier this year, we have developed draft recommendations that will shape the Vancouver Liquor Strategy, and we want your input on those recommendations.

Give us your feedback

An online survey launches today at to gather input on 18 recommendations and potential actions to improve experiences around liquor in Vancouver. 

Feedback from this second survey will help shape the final recommendations that go to Council later this year. 

The survey is open until September 25, 2016.  

Take the survey

Recommendations that will help shape the strategy

The recommendations cover a range of topics such as:

  • Where and when liquor is sold, made, or served
  • Size of venues that serve liquor
  • Rules for patios
  • Options for no or low-liquor entertainment

Goals of the strategy

Each action supports at least one of the Vancouver Liquor Strategy’s four goals:

  1. Promote the cultural, social and economic benefits of liquor 
  2. Increase responsible liquor choices for consumers 
  3. Reduce the negative influence liquor can have on public safety, health, well-being, and community fit
  4. Ensure fair rules, fees and processes for the liquor industry  

Previous survey results

In spring 2015, we consulted with businesses and residents to bring updates to the way that we approach liquor. From that consultation, the first survey was launched in April of this year to gather information on the public’s general attitudes towards liquor in Vancouver, and the role that we should play in managing liquor. Almost 9,000 people completed the survey. 

What we learned

Here’s what we learned from the first survey:

  • 90% of respondents agreed that it should be easier to create outdoor patios. 
  • 89% of respondents agreed that the liquor industry is good for the local economy.
  • 79% of respondents agreed that bars should be required to meet training and operating standards.
  • 75% of respondents agreed that Vancouver’s arts, culture and social life relies on liquor to be successful.

Popular ideas

Some of the most popular liquor policy ideas were:

  • All artisanal markets to sell locally-made liquor
  • Increase enforcement against bars and restaurants that cause negative community impacts

See the spring survey report