Effective November 30, 2018, licensees must ensure that workers in retail stores obtain a security verification from the province. This includes any adult performing work-related activities in a retail store as an employee, independent contractor or volunteer on a full-time or part-time basis. This process is separate and distinct from the licensing process. Security guards in a retail store who hold a valid license under the Security Services Act and perform security work authorized under that license do not need to obtain a security verification under this process. Effective November 30, 2018, licensees must keep a record of all every worker’s security verification for inspection by inspectors, including when the worker’s security verification expires. Worker security verification is fully portable within British Columbia (e.g. if a worker obtains a security verification, they may work for any non-medical cannabis retail licensee in British Columbia until the security verification expires or is revoked by the general manager).
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