On May 5, 2022, retailers met with British Columbia’s Minister of Public Safety, Mike Farnworth, and Minister of Justice, Dave Eby, about violence in retail settings. Presentations from members recalled specific incidents of violence in retail settings within the last year and spoke to both the increasing frequency as well as the increased use of weapons.
RCC’s ask of government is to have a dialogue, including government and retail experts, to identify appropriate initiatives to reduce violence. Both Ministers were very receptive to both the message and initiative.
RCC is working with several provincial ministers responsible for justice and policing to highlight dramatic increases in retail violence and work towards positive changes. RCC wants to thank members who spoke and attended for helping to highlight how important the matter is to the retail industry.