BC Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch (LCRB) Research Project - SRDC

BC Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch (LCRB) Research Project

The Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch (LCRB) in the Ministry of Public Safety oversees the regulation and licensing of alcohol in British Columbia. A core objective of LCRB is to foster a progressive and well-balanced alcohol regulatory framework that nurtures a vibrant industry while minimizing the adverse impacts of alcohol on health and public safety. The aim of this research project is to create an evidence-informed decision-making model that balances the needs for a modernized alcohol licensing system that promotes public health and safety, supports responsible consumption, fosters economic growth, and adapts to the evolving needs of society. Beyond its immediate application within the context of alcohol regulation in BC, the project aims to benefit local governments and other alcohol regulators in Canada to enhance decision-making processes more broadly. This research follows four key phases. First, a comprehensive needs analysis will set the groundwork by assessing the existing policy landscape. Next, SRDC will collaborate with LCRB and other interested and affected parties to design a decision-making model and tools, making recommendations to bridge measurement gaps and enhance coordination. The intention is to follow this with a rigorous validation process and to test the model’s effectiveness and usability, refining it for full implementation.

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