Supermarkets and grocery stores in the Northwest Territories will be required to clean up and dispose of liquor that has spilled onto the ground, including beer and wine.
The rules, to be released Tuesday, will be enforced by the Liquor and Gaming Corporation of British Columbia (LGCBC).
The LGCBC is part of the Ministry of Forests and Forests.
The new rules come after the province implemented liquor store cleaning requirements earlier this year.
According to the Liquors Control Act, all stores that sell alcohol must follow a liquor cleaning protocol and must follow the provincial Liquor Store Cleaning Guidelines.
The guidelines set out the number of units of alcohol a store must maintain and the amount of alcohol per unit of alcohol.
However, retailers are still free to set their own cleaning protocols.
The Liquor Control Act specifies that the Liquour Control Board of B.C. must be consulted on any changes.
LGC has also been issuing similar rules in the Lower Mainland since 2011, with the province also required to notify retailers of the changes.
As a result, retailers have been forced to follow stricter protocols, including cleaning up and disposing of alcohol after each shipment.
The changes are expected to save the province about $300,000 annually.
In 2015, the province had estimated it would save the Liquorum Liquor Stores Association (LLSAA) $1 million annually in costs.
However that was before the LGC announced its changes.
“We do believe that the cost savings and the additional work that’s being done is going to result in savings to the consumers,” LLSAA executive director Mark Dank said.
LLSAAA says it has been able to lower the cost of its operations in the past.
“As we’ve learned more about what’s required to be safe and efficient and to ensure we’re taking every precaution and we’re making sure that the customer experience is as smooth and safe as possible, we’re actually finding that we’re doing better in terms of our costs,” Dank told CBC News.
The province estimates that if retailers are required to use a safe cleaning protocol, it will save them $300 per unit, while the LLSDA estimates it would cost them an additional $600 per unit.
The LLSSA says it’s a win-win situation.
“If retailers are forced to adhere to the rules that are being put in place by the province, they’ll be able to save money and increase the safety of the industry,” Danks said.
The liquor industry welcomed the new rules.
“This is a win for all Canadians, we’ll be in compliance and we’ll do our best to get the required cleaning protocols in place,” said Linda Jorgensen, vice-president of operations at the Canadian Beer and Whisky Association.
“It’s good news for the industry.
It’s a good outcome for the province.”