05/01/2012 07:05 EDT | Updated 07/01/2012 05:12 EDT

B.C. introduces legislation to allow caterers to get liquor licences

VICTORIA - The B.C. government has introduced legislation that will allow catering companies to get a liquor licence.

Under current laws, the hosts of a catered event are responsible for all the licensing requirements, including buying and transporting the alcohol and providing trained servers.

The new legislation would mean catering companies can deal with the liquor licence for their clients.

The Liquor Control and Licensing Branch says the changes will bring B.C.'s laws in line with every other province.

Catering companies have lobbied for the change for years, and say the new rules will boost B.C.'s tourism and hospitality industry.

Before the changes are implemented, the province will do further consultations with the catering industry, hospitality associations, and local governments and authorities.