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Canada's alcohol sales rules by province

Wednesday, December 16, 2015 > 10:40:00
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(CTV News)

Ontario allowed the sale of beer in grocery stores for the first time Tuesday and is still looking at ways to expand wine sales to more private outlets. The rollout follows a deal with the Beer Store, which will eventually see 450 grocery stores -- large and small -- sell beer by 2017.

Here's how alcohol is sold in other Canadian provinces:

British Columbia: Beer, wine and spirits are sold in provincially-owned and private liquor stores. Craft beer can be purchased at the brewery.

Alberta: Beer, wine and spirits are sold in privately owned liquor stores.

Saskatchewan: Beer, wine and spirits are sold at provincially owned liquor stores, rural franchises licensed by the government, and in three privately owned stores. Beer, wine and spirits are also available at various "off sales" attached to bars and restaurants.

Manitoba: There is a mix of government-run and private wine and beer stores. Hotels are allowed to sell beer as licensed vendors, similar to "off sales."

Quebec: Beer and wine are sold in grocery stores and corner stores. Wine, spirits and select beer are sold in government-run outlets.

Nova Scotia: Beer, wine and spirits are sold at provincially owned liquor-store outlets. Some beer, wine and spirits are available at some private stores.

New Brunswick: Beer, wine and spirits are sold in provincially owned liquor store outlets. A limited selection of wines is available at some grocery stores.

Prince Edward Island: Beer, wine and spirits are sold at provincially owned liquor store outlets and a number of licensed agency stores.

Newfoundland and Labrador: Beer is available in various convenience stores. Liquor and beer are sold at provincially owned liquor store outlets. Wine is only sold at provincially owned liquor store outlets.


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