Canada's Council of the Federation came to new agreements last night about how much alcohol Canadians should be allowed to bring across provincial borders. While some provinces don't have any restrictions whatsoever, the ones that do just set their limits a lot higher.
Several recommendations were made, but the council has just revealed the final say on how much beer, wine and spirits you're now allowed to transport across provinces for your own consumption. The rules are set to take effect once every province is on board.
We should start by saying that Alberta and Manitoba have no legal limits whatsoever, and remain unchanged under the new rules.
Until the new agreement, Ontario, Quebec, British Columbia, P.E.I, Yukon, Nova Scotia and Saskatchewan had almost identical limits, which were:
- Up to three litres of spirits;
- Up to nine litres of wine; and
- 24.6 litres of beer.
According to CBC, the new rules have upped these limits to the following:
- 18 litres of wine (or two cases);
- six litres of spirits; and
- 49.2 litres of beer (six standard cases of 24).
New Brunswick, the Northwest Territories, and Newfoundland and Labrador are used to having much stricter limitations.
Before the new rules were determined, New Brunswick only allowed 12 pints (about 21 bottles), one bottle of wine and one bottle of spirits. In Newfoundland, two dozen bottles of beer and 1.14 litres of spirits and wine were the limit. Northwest Territories allowed up to 8.52 litres of beer, 1.5 litres of wine, and 1.14 litres of spirits.
Last night, it was determined that these limits will be raised to the new levels that were decided upon in the meeting, matching up with the other provinces.
But, it's important to note that Yukon and Newfoundland have decided to hold out on making the new rules official. CBC reports that Newfoundland isn't prepared to adjust to the major overhaul, which would increase the limits to almost double what they are now. Yukon is in the midst of modifying its liquor laws, and the timing of the lax limitations is not ideal.
All provinces and territories have 18 months to modify their limitations - by 2020, the rules are slated to be in full effect.