B.C. Government Lifts Interprovincial Alcohol Importation Limits for Individuals

VICTORIA, BC – The Government of British Columbia has announced that it has removed the limit on the amount of beer and other alcoholic beverages that individuals are allowed to bring home from other provinces or territories in Canada.

Under the previous legislation, which was rarely enforced, citizens of British Columbia were allowed to bring in a maximum of 24.6 litres of beer and coolers, nine litres of wine, and three litres of spirits from elsewhere in the country.

“For too long, British Columbians faced restrictions when bringing wine, beer and spirits from other provinces back to B.C. Our government has taken action to fix this,” said Bruce Ralston, Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology, in a statement. “This policy is consistent with the direction from the Council of Federation meeting in Saskatoon last week, where Canada’s premiers committed to reduce limits on transporting alcohol across our borders.”

British Columbia is the fifth province to remove interprovincial import limits on alcohol, following Alberta, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, and Saskatchewan. Prince Edward Island has also committed to implementing a similar change, but has yet to do so.

Imports of alcohol from outside of Canada are still subject to limits established by the federal government.

Source: The Georgia Straight

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