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Today, at Cannery Brewing in Penticton, the official public announcement was made about amendments to the Importation of Intoxicating Liquors Act (IILA) that benefit craft breweries, cideries & distilleries across Canada.

Patt Dyck of Cannery Brewing introducing today's guests

Patt Dyck of Cannery Brewing introducing today’s guests

The Honourable Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay, P.C., Q.C., M.P., Minister of National Revenue, joined by Dan Albas, Member of Parliament for Okanagan-Coquihalla, today announced that Canadians will now be able to purchase beer and spirits in provinces where they don’t live and bring them home for personal use. The measure removes unnecessary red tape and is expected to benefit independent breweries and distilleries in communities across Canada by opening up regional markets and generating jobs.

The Honourable Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay, P.C., Q.C., M.P., Minister of National Revenue (L) & Dan Albas, MP Okanagan-Coquihalla (R)

The Honourable Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay, P.C., Q.C., M.P., Minister of National Revenue (L) & Dan Albas, MP Okanagan-Coquihalla (R)

Amendments to the Importation of Intoxicating Liquors Act (IILA) remove federal barriers and now allow individuals to move beer and spirits from one province to another for personal use. They were adopted as part of the Government of Canada’s Economic Action Plan 2014 and follow the Government’s elimination of similar barriers in 2012 in order to permit the interprovincial movement of wine for personal use.

As provincial liquor laws govern the movement, sale, purchase and possession of wine, beer, and spirits within each province, changes to these laws are often also required to allow interprovincial movement. Since the previous amendment in 2012, both British Columbia and Manitoba allow personal importations of wine. It was noted today that both Saskatchewan and Nova Scotia should be on board by July of this year. The Government of Canada is encouraging all provinces to support this measure and enact the necessary laws to facilitate and encourage interprovincial trade.

Toasting the announcement with (L-R) Josie Tyabji of Canadian Vintners' Association, Dan Albas, Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay, Patt Dyck

Toasting the announcement with Lakeboat Lager, from left to right: Josie Tyabji of Canadian Vintners’ Association, Dan Albas, Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay, Patt Dyck

“The Canadian Vintners Association continues to advocate for the removal of barriers that limit Canadians from purchasing wine from another province. We are encouraged to see the Government of Canada taking charge and removing internal barriers, first with wine and now with beer and spirits. We hope that all jurisdictions will adopt these measures so that Canadians can access a broad selection of Canadian wine products, no matter where they live.” – Dan Paszkowski, President and CEO, Canadian Vintners Association

“Breaking down trade barriers gives our local breweries and distilleries the opportunity to be competitive in national markets, thus fostering growth and creating jobs in our community. I am pleased to participate in today’s event and look forward to seeing the next steps the federal government takes to reduce red tape for Canadian businesses.” – Dan Albas, Member of Parliament for Okanagan-Coquihalla, BCIMG_9864

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