Export Market Guide - Canada

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All regulatory information for exporting wine to Canada, including the regulatory environment, duties and taxes, and permitted additives.

Canada is an affluent, high-tech industrial society with the 16th largest GDP in the world. Canada is the second largest country in the world after Russia. It is geographically dispersed and with rich natural resources. Approximately 90 per cent of the population lives within 160 kilometres of the US border.

In 2001, Australia and Canada signed the Mutual Acceptance Agreement on Oenological Practices, an initiative of the World Wine Trade Group. The essential element of the Agreement is that each country will permit the importation of wines from another signatory country as long as the wine is made in accordance with the producing countries’ domestic laws on oenological practices.

In 2007, the World Wine Trade Group signed an Agreement on Requirements for Wine Labelling. The labelling agreement allows for the possibility of a single ‘global’ label through eliminating mandatory placement requirements and introducing a ‘single field of vision’ concept.

The Canadian wine market is controlled by provincial liquor control boards which hold a monopoly on the market. Each Canadian province, with the exception of Alberta, has a government controlled liquor control board which regulate liquor licensing, importation of alcoholic beverages and labelling and packaging standards. Individual provinces may also have their own set of rules. The information in this report should be used as a guide only. It is recommended that companies intending to export to Canada consult with a provincial liquor control board.

Provinces and Territories:

British Columbia, Ontario, Alberta, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland, New Brunswick, Quebec, Saskatchewan, North West Territories, Nunavut, Yukon

Regulatory environment

The Federal Importation of Intoxicating Liquors Act 1985 gives Canadian provinces full control over the importation of wine into their jurisdictions. Alcohol is governed by the Food and Drugs Act 1985 and Regulations and the Consumer Packaging and Labelling Act 1985 and Regulations. Product packaging standards are administered on a provincial level.

On 15 January 15 2019, the Safe Food for Canadians Act 2018 (SFCA) and the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations 2018 (SFCR) will come into effect.

Import procedure for the Canada Market

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Duties and taxes for the Canada market

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Labelling requirements for the Canadian market

The Canada Export Market Guide provides information on duties and taxes, labelling regulations and other country-specific export requirements as well as some brief market information.

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Wine standards for the Canada Market

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