Learn about the Yukon Liquor Board

  • Meeting schedule
  • Meeting agenda
  • Board governance
  • Barring order appeals
  • Liquor Board members and how to apply

The Yukon Liquor Board is responsible for:

It's a quasi-judicial body that operates at arm’s length from the Yukon Liquor Corporation and the Government of Yukon. The board has 5 members, appointed by Cabinet.

  1. Meeting schedule

    2020

    January 15

    February 12

    March 18

    April 15

    May 20

    June 17

    July 15

    August 19

    September 16

    October 21

    November 18

    December 16

  2. Meeting agenda

    The agenda is the same at each meeting, although it's always subject to change without notice.

    1. Call to order
    2. Approval of agenda
    3. Approval of minutes
    4. Licence items
    5. Discussion items
    6. Corporation report
    7. Next meeting date

     

  3. Board governance

    The Liquor Board uses the Liquor Board policy manual to ensure the fairness and consistency of its powers under the Liquor Act.

    The policy manual explains:

    • barring orders;
    • advertising by licensees;
    • when a new application and public notice are required;
    • a fit person;
    • the board's role in liquor licence renewal and length of time;
    • hours of service;
    • off-premises liquor licence considerations;
    • Appeals to permit refusals;
    • restrictions to the entertainment;
    • considerations for a special liquor licence;
    • suspensions and cancellations of licences and permits;
    • hearings and meetings;
    • use of premises outside of licensed hours;
    • procedures and records for RV park licences;
    • requirements for public notices;
    • guidance to inspectors in enforcing the Liquor Act and regulations;
    • tastings and sampling of alcohol products; and
    • procedures or approvals in principle.

     

  4. Barring order appeals

    You can receive a barring order for:

    • being intoxicated;
    • being noisy, riotous, quarrelsome, violent, disorderly or profane; or
    • acting in a manner contravening a federal statute, Yukon statute or city or municipal by-law.

    A licensee who fails to maintain an orderly premises faces the possibility of losing their licence. The liquor regulations give a licensee the discretion to issue a barring order and for how long. If you do not agree with the barring order you need to appeal it to the Liquor Board.

    When the board hears your appeal they will:

    • take a common sense approach; and
    • consider the statutory obligations of a licensee in the Liquor Act and regulations.

    These are some of the factors that will be considered by the board.

    • The degree of seriousness and the frequency of the behaviour that caused the barring order. This includes any danger to staff members, customers or the property of the licensee or others.
    • If the person got a clear warning to stop the offending behaviour if there was the circumstances to do so.
    • The length of the barring order. Although every appeal will be decided on the facts presented, a barring order for a period of years would require strong evidence of:
      • harm that has happened; or
      • is likely to happen.
    • Where the conduct that led to the barring order happened. A barring order can be based on conduct in an unrelated licensed premises. The board will consider if there could be any adverse consequences if a person does not have reasonable access to:
      • purchase liquor from a licensed premises; and
      • consume liquor in a licensed premises.

    There's no time limit for an appeal to be made to the board. You can appeal a barring order months or even years after you received it.

    To appeal a barring order you must mail or email:

    • the circumstances of what happened to cause the barring order; and
    • why you do not feel the decision or the length of time of the barring order is fair and reasonable.

    Tab 1 of the Liquor Board policy manual will help you understand more about a barring order and the appeal process.

    To mail your appeal send it to:

    Chair
    Yukon Liquor Corporation Board
    9031 Quartz Road
    Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 4P9

    To email your appeal send it to yukon.liquor@gov.yk.ca.

    The board will review your appeal at its next meeting and may require both you and the licensee to attend that meeting.

  5. Liquor Board members and how to apply

    The current board members are:

    • Eva Bidrman (chair)
    • David Hett (vice-chair)
    • Jean-Sebastien Blais
    • Odessa Epp
    • Dr. Deborah Bartlette

    Any Yukon resident is eligible to apply to serve on the Yukon Liquor Board.


Contact 

To contact the Liquor Board email the board secretary, jennifer.roach@gov.yk.ca or phone 867-667-5245 or toll free in Yukon 1-800-661-0408, extension 5245.