Because where you shop does make a difference.
Shopping public means making your purchases at a BC Liquor Store or BC Cannabis Store. These stores are owned and operated by us – the public – through the BC Liquor Distribution Branch of our government.
Shopping at BC Liquor Stores and BC Cannabis Stores is vital to our communities because our purchases generate millions in revenue that are spent on public services – like child care and health care – and sustain thousands of secure, stable jobs.
Also, BC Liquor Stores and BC Cannabis Stores have better pricing, better selection, and knowledgeable staff – essential workers who not only perform a social responsibility to our communities but have been on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Shopping public also means supporting workers who have the experience and knowledge to responsibly support customers.
These workers, who are employed by the BC Liquor Distribution Branch (BCLDB) in stores and warehouses across the province, have been working steadily on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, all while generating record revenues for the province. They continue this work without recognition or essential pay, despite asking the provincial government for it.