ADMN O 24R - Investigator
BC Public Service
Administrative Officer R24

Positions are available in Victoria or Vancouver
An eligibility list may be established.

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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).

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.

We are looking for individuals seeking a challenging and rewarding career to join our highly engaged team! For full description of accountabilities and qualifications, please review the attached job profile.

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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.

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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:

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 investigations;

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.

Preference may be given to candidates with the following:
Experience with covert operations and surveillance methods.

Background regulatory investigative experience.


Satisfactory background and security screening to qualify as a Special Provincial Constable

May be required to travel alone, late at night in remote areas of the province, under a variety of weather conditions.

Required to work weekends, evenings, on a flexible schedule.

May be required to use own vehicle in carrying out job duties.

Required to keep investigations and any pertinent information extremely confidential.

Must be flexible and adaptable to the demands of investigations

Must be able to respond to provocation, threats and intimidation tactics in a professional manner.

Ability to sit for long periods in poor conditions while carrying out surveillance

Valid BC driver’s licence required;

Transportation arrangements must meet operational requirements of ministry.

Subject to criminal record review.

Required to work in locations that may pose a variety of risks/hazards (e.g. weapons, drug use, prostitution, organized crime, remote locations, poor weather, etc.)

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.

Enhanced Security Screening will be required.

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

Resume required: 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.