Sign up for our newsletter and get a curated list of the top trending stories and exclusive rewards every day.

Trending Topics

Get the MTL Blog app

Download on the App StoreGet it on Google Play

You Will Have To Pay More Money For Alcohol In Canada

Beer and wine drinkers should expect to pay more.
You Will Have To Pay More Money For Alcohol In Canada

Sadly, this is not an April Fool's Day joke, I double checked. 

Thanks to the 2017 federal budget, beer, and wine drinkers will see an increase in sales tax for their alcoholic beverages as of April 1st.

READ ALSO: Here Are All The Funniest April's Fools Jokes You Missed This Weekend

This screenshot basically sums up my face right now.

Via Rolling 20s

Thank's to the 2017 federal budget, alcohol sales tax will rise 1.5% based on the rate of inflation.

When the announcement first came in 2017, the tax on beer and wine went up by 2%.

It’s no #AprilFools joke. Starting today, the automatic escalator tax on #beer will happen in perpetuity every year, with no votes or discussion in #cdnparl. If you disagree with this, write your MP, sign & share our petition to #axethebeertax at

April 1, 2018

Canadians are speaking up about the tax increase and signing a petition done by Beer Canada - who says Canadians are already paying enough taxes for their brews.

You can get involved in their petition right here.

You can also get involved in a similar petition and campaign being done through The Canadian Taxpayers Federation. 

Aaron Wurdick, of The Canadian Taxpayers Federation, notes that tax increases are a "political choice" and that politicians who make the choice should be transparent about it every time. 

Via Axe The Beer Tax

Canadians and beer go hand-in-hand. Seriously, a beer to cap off your day is about as normal as a hot cup of coffee in the morning. 

In fact, the beer industry in Canada is one of our top exports. 

A new study found these stats about Canada's beer industries:

  • Beer consumption has fallen 10% in the past decade
  • The beer industry contributed $13.6 billion to Canada's economy in 2016
  • Beer leads alcoholic beverage sales in Canada, making up over 41% of alcohol sales.
  • Beer supported 149,000 jobs, generating labour income of about $5.3 billion.
  • Almost 85% of beer sales in Canada were from a local brewery.

Study sourced from The Conference Board of Canada

More from MTL Blog

Comments 💬

Our comment section is a place to promote self-expression, freedom of speech and positivity. We encourage discussion and debate, but our pages must remain a safe space where everyone feels comfortable and the environment is respectful.

In order to make this possible, we monitor comments to keep spam, hate speech, violence, and vulgarity off our pages. Comments are moderated according to our Community Guidelines.

Please note that Narcity Media does not endorse the opinions expressed in the comment section of an article. Narcity Media has the right to remove comments, ban or suspend any user without notice, or close a story’s comment section at any time.

First and last names will appear with each comment and the use of pseudonyms is prohibited. By commenting, you acknowledge that Narcity Media has the right to use & distribute your content across our properties.