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Job Opportunity: Investigator (Victoria Or Vancouver, BC)

Ministry of Attorney General
Victoria or Vancouver


$63,973.31 – $72,937.86 annually effective April 14, 2019

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.

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.

Due to the social impacts of the liquor business a rigorous vetting of licensees and applicants for licenses is
necessary to mitigate the potential harms to social order inherent to the industry. The ingress of criminal elements and others with history of irresponsible social behaviour is contrary to the Branch’s statutory obligation to supervise the conduct of licensed establishments in the public interest.

Reporting to the Manager of Investigations, Investigators conduct independent, confidential and highly sensitive investigations into the suitability of persons and companies to operate in the liquor industry in BC. As well, in depth financial integrity assessments are conducted in all the retail cannabis applicants. These investigations are fundamental to the Assistant Deputy Minister’s (the General Manager’s) statutory duty to maintain the integrity of the sale of cannabis and the sale and service of liquor in the province. The duties of the investigators are unique to the public service in that the primary purpose is to investigate the background and character of members of the public who wish to be or are licensees.

Investigators investigate liquor related motor vehicle accidents (MVA) that may be linked back to licensed
establishments and to coordinate and lead community disturbances investigations.

Qualifications for this role include:

  • Diploma, certification or equivalent in a related discipline such as administrative law, investigation and enforcement, or criminology.
  • A minimum of three years (within the past five years) experience in a related compliance and enforcement environment;
  • A minimum of three years (within the past five years) experience in conducting intensive and complex
  • Demonstrated experience establishing credibility and maintaining collaborative working relationships;
  • Experience obtaining and providing clear, concise and complete oral and written information of a complex and technical nature while maintaining confidentiality.

For more information and to apply online by April 18, 2019, please go to:

Attention: only applications submitted through the BC Public Service’s employment website (see link above) will be accepted.

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