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Trade in Alcoholic Beverages

A Canadian Action Plan

The Trade in Alcoholic Beverages Working Group (TABWG) was established under the Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) to oversee efforts to improve trade of alcoholic products in Canada. In 2019, the TABWG developed an Action Plan aimed at increasing consumer choice and reducing internal trade barriers.

One of the elements of the Action Plan was the establishment of an online bilingual information hub (alcohollaws.ca) targeted to alcohol manufacturers, agents and other businesses that provides information related to each jurisdiction’s alcohol retail and distribution systems to improve transparency and accessibility. The information and links on the website will be regularly reviewed and updated.

Canadian Free Trade Agreement

The CFTA is an intergovernmental trade agreement signed by Canadian Ministers that entered into force on July 1, 2017. Its objective is to reduce and eliminate, to the extent possible, barriers to the free movement of persons, goods, services, and investments within Canada and to establish an open efficient, and stable domestic market.