Liquor and Cannabis Inspector
Administrative Officer R21

An eligibility list may be established.

Step into a career with the Branch awarded the 2017 Premier’s Award for Organizational Excellence

This is an exciting time to join the Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch (formerly the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch) as we continue to transform the provincial approach to regulating liquor and implement the provincial licensing of non-medical cannabis private retail stores following the October 17th, 2018 federal legalization of non-medical cannabis.

With staff in Victoria, Surrey, Vancouver and regional offices across the province, the Branch works to protect public safety and to minimize the health and social harms of alcohol and non-medical cannabis. The Branch issues licences in B.C. for making and selling liquor and for non-medical cannabis private retail sales. It currently regulates 10,000+ licensees, including pubs, bars, lounges, stadiums, nightclubs and restaurants, liquor stores, breweries, distilleries, wineries, and UBrews/UVins. In addition, the Branch regulates almost 30,000 Special Event Permit events, for events like concerts and weddings each year.

The Branch is comprised of three divisions: Program and Strategic Services Division (Communications and Stakeholder Relations, Policy and Legislation, and Management Services), Licensing Division (Licensing and Local Government Liaison, and Business Transformation) and the Compliance and Enforcement Division (both regional and HQ).

Reporting to the Regional Manager (RM) the Liquor and Cannabis Inspector (Inspector) has responsibility for all liquor and cannabis licensees within an assigned region, less the manufacturing and UBrew/UVin licensees.  The Inspector also works under the general oversight of the Regional Inspector (RI) who has an operational supervisory responsibility for Inspectors for compliance and enforcement activities within the Inspector’s one or more assigned area(s) of responsibility.

We are looking for individuals seeking a challenging and rewarding career to join our highly engaged team! 

With over 200 different occupations available in 280 communities across the province, we offer exciting opportunities for your career. Come be a part of the BC Public Service, a Top 100 Employer that embraces diversity, health and career growth. For more information, please see What We Offer .

The BC Public Service is committed to creating a diverse workplace to represent the population we serve and to better meet the needs of our citizens. Consider joining our team and being part of an innovative, inclusive and rewarding workplace.

For complete details about this opportunity, including accountabilities, please refer to the attached job profile.  For specific position related enquiries, please contact . DO NOT SEND YOUR APPLICATION TO THIS EMAIL ADDRESS.  For more information about how to complete your job application, add/edit your resume and for more useful tips when applying for jobs, please refer to the Your Job Application page on the MyHR website. If you are still experiencing technical difficulty applying for a competition, please send an e-mail to , before the stated closing time, and we will respond as soon as possible to assist you.

NOTE: Applications will be accepted until 11:00 pm Pacific Standard Time on the closing date of the competition.

Job Requirements:
In order to be considered for this position, your application must clearly demonstrate how you meet the education and experience as outlined below:

  • A diploma or degree in social sciences and/or health sciences plus 2 years related experience (within the past 3 years), OR
  • Secondary school graduation or equivalent plus 3 years related experience (within the past 5 years).

Related experience for the above criteria must include:

  • Experience working in an environment requiring regulatory oversite and application of legislation at a federal, provincial, or municipal level.
  • Experience working with the application of policy and procedures.
  • Experience gathering, assessing, and analyzing evidence/information.

 Other mandatory requirements:

  • Required to possess a valid Class 5 B.C. driver’s licence.
  • Successful completion of security screening requirements of the BC Public Service, which may include a criminal records check, and/or Criminal Records Review Act (CRRA) check, and/or enhanced security screening checks as required by the ministry.

 Preference may be given to applicants with the following:

  • Experience conducting field-based inspections.
  • Experience making decisions and recommendations regarding enforcement actions and penalties.
  • Experience giving direct evidence and withstanding cross examination.
  • Experience dealing with the public on complex and sensitive issues and dealing effectively with irate and hostile individuals while conveying information that they may not want to hear to defuse volatile situations using patience, tact, persuasiveness and diplomacy.
  • Experience working with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Satisfactory background and security screening and job qualifications to qualify as a Special Provincial Constable.

Willingness Statements:

  • May be required to travel great distances by car, alone, late at night in remote areas of the province, under a variety of weather conditions.
  • Willing to work hours that correspond to licensed establishments operating hours such as day shifts, afternoon shifts and night shifts. This includes weekends and holidays and other duties as assigned.
  • The Liquor and Cannabis Inspector spends a significant amount of time working in the field in a non-traditional work environment.  The nature of this works requires the Inspector to travel great distances by car, do a considerable amount of walking and be able to negotiate movement in busy establishments which can include crowds, dim lighting, stairs and loud noise.  The work environment can include outdoor spaces with uneven terrain.
  • May be required to use a privately-owned motor vehicle for work purposes. 


Applicants selected to move forward in the hiring process may be assessed on the Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Competencies as outlined in the attached Job Profile located in the Additional Information section at the bottom of the posting. 

A Criminal Record Check (CRC) will be required.


Cover Letter: NO – Please do not submit a cover letter as it will not be reviewed.

Resume: YES – Ensure your resume includes your educational accomplishments, employment history including start and end dates (month and year) of your employment, and any relevant information that relates to the job to which you are applying.

Questionnaire: YES (COMPREHENSIVE) – As part of the application process, you will be prompted to complete a comprehensive online questionnaire to demonstrate how you meet the job requirements. Please allot approximately 60 minutes to complete the questionnaire.

IMPORTANT: Comprehensive questionnaire responses will be used to shortlist applicants against the job requirements. Please ensure you include all relevant information about your educational accomplishments and employment history including job titles, start and end dates (month and year) of your employment, and your accountabilities and accomplishments.

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