The facts about Bill C-311 Interprovincial Wine
What Bill C-311 does:
- Bill C-311 removes federal restrictions on individuals importing wine from one Canadian jurisdiction to another and allows the provinces to set personal importation limits.
- Bill C-311 does not give a winery in one province or territory the ability to ship wine directly to a consumer in another province or territory - each province determines those rules.
BC's personal liquor importation limits:
- The Province of British Columbia enacted changes to enhance the movement of wine across provincial boundaries for personal use on June 7, 2012.
- As a result, B.C. residents can now bring back up to one case of wine, four bottles of spirits, and a combined total of six dozen beer, cider and coolers on their person from other provinces. Those amounts equal nine litres of wine, three litres of spirits, and a combined total of 25.6 litres of beer, cider and coolers per trip.
- All provinces and territories that allow personal importation from other provinces have similar restrictions on importation of liquor for personal use.
- As a result of the regulation changes, B.C.'s personal importation limits now align with other jurisdictions in Canada.
- We are prepared to lead discussions with other provinces and territories to consider further changes, including direct shipping without incoming jurisdictional taxes. However, each jurisdiction is accountable for its own decision-making.
Direct shipping of wine:
- No jurisdiction allows the direct shipping without incoming taxes at this time. Any changes to allow direct shipping need to be done in consultation and partnership with all Canadian jurisdictions.
- The direct shipment from a winery to a customer is something regulated by the province in which the customer resides.
- The province of British Columbia is prepared to begin negotiations with other provinces regarding direct shipping as soon as possible.