Liquor Act review

How do I participate?

The engagement team is currently meeting with stakeholder groups.

The public meeting period is now closed. Thank you for taking the time to provide your comments

The online survey was open from November 6 and December 15 and is now closed. Results are pending.

The Liquor Act review is a multi-part engagement:

  1. The engagement period will run for three months until February 2018.
  2. The engagement will launch with the online survey on November 6 and run until December 15, 2017.
  3. An analysis of the survey results be made public on this site in July 2018. 
  4. The Yukon Liquor Corporation will conduct scoping meetings in November with representatives from licensed businesses, liquor producers, governments and social responsibility organizations. These meetings will help scope major issues not already captured through the government’s internal review.
  5. Meetings throughout Yukon will be an opportunity for the public to understand and comment on the issues identified by the survey and in the first round of focused meetings.

What is this engagement about?

The Liquor Act is 40 years old and parts of the legislation are no longer relevant. The Yukon Liquor Corporation wants Yukon citizens to help guide the drafting of an updated Act. An updated Act will reflect best practices, meet modern-day realities and future needs. It will also allow us to balance social responsibilities and local economic opportunities.

We are inviting Yukoners to consider the following themes when reviewing the Liquor Act.

  • Social responsibility—Review the Act’s social responsibility mandate. Consider mandatory training for servers, for example, and other ideas.
  • Supporting local producers and businesses or licensees—Ensure that local producers and licensed businesses can experience long-term success.
  • Licensee pricing—Review rules about minimum prices and maximum prices for liquor off-sales.
  • Consumer access to liquor—Understand consumers’ preference for retail channels. Apply social responsibility criteria when determining where to sell liquor.
  • Licensing, inspections, permitting and enforcement—Streamline the licensing, permit, registration and inspections processes. Adopt best practices by improving the methods of enforcement and compliance.
  • Governance—Review the roles and responsibilities of the Yukon Liquor Board and the Yukon Liquor Corporation.
  • General administration—Address contradictions in the Act and Regulation (due to the age of the legislation). Update language so that it is inclusive and aligns with other legislation and government policies.
  • Other—Identify other concerns.

How will my input make a difference?

Input from survey will help focus discussion at public meetings. Feedback from this public engagement will inform the policies that will guide drafting legislation to update the Liquor Act

Where can I find related information?

Read Yukon’s current Liquor Act.

Several Canadian jurisdictions have completed wide-ranging public engagements concerning their liquor legislation. Jurisdictions took into account some of the recommendations outlined in the National Alcohol Strategy that aim to encourage a culture of moderation and to reduce harm caused by alcohol.

Read the National Alcohol Strategy.  

Read the November 6, 2017 news release


Where can I find results?

Results from the online survey are expected to be posted to this site in July 2018.

When the engagement process is completed, a summary of the engagement will also be posted to this site.

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