Alcoholic beverages in Canada

Alcoholic Beverages In Canada

Alcoholic beverages in Canada

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This article covers various topics involving alcoholic beverages in Canada.

Comparative consumption

Statistics Canada carries out surveys of alcoholic consumption in Canada, divided by province. Average values for the country are given in the bottom row of the table.


Under the Constitution of Canada, responsibility for enacting laws and regulations regarding the sale and distribution of alcoholic beverages in Canada is the sole responsibility of the ten provinces. Canada's three territories have also been granted similar autonomy over these matters under the provisions of federal legislation.

This means that there is a separate agency (or agencies) in each province responsible for regulating the sale and consumption of and, in all but one case, selling alcoholic beverages. Alberta is currently the only jurisdiction to have completely privatized its retail liquor industry (the AGLC maintains a monopoly over the wholesale distribution of wine, distilled spirits and imported beer - the distribution operation itself being contracted out to a private operator). Most of the other jurisdictions have maintained a total or near-total control over the sale of hard liquor while allowing limited privatisation of beer and wine sales.


Following enactment of the British North America Act, the federal and provincial governments disputed which level of government had the authority to issue liquor licences. Due to...
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