Liquor Act review
How do I participate?
Complete the online survey between November 6 and December 15. Printed surveys will be available at territorial agent offices in the communities, at the Whitehorse liquor store and at the Yukon government’s Main Administration Building in Whitehorse.
A schedule of public meetings is being prepared and will be posted on this site when finalized. Meetings with First Nations and local governments, stakeholders and the public are expected to begin in December 2017 and continue through January 2018.
In addition to the survey and public meetings, the public is invited to email written submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org and call 867-667-5245 or the Government of Yukon inquiry desk at 1-800-661-0408 for additional information.
The Liquor Act review is a multi-part engagement:
- The engagement period will run for three months until February 2018.
- The engagement will launch with the online survey on November 6 and run until December 15, 2017.
- An analysis of the survey results be made public on this site in January 2018.
- 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.
- 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?
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.
Where can I find results?
Results from the online survey are expected to be posted to this site in January 2018. When the engagement process is completed, a summary of the engagement will also be posted to this site.