Alcoholic Beverages Working Group

Background

The Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA), which came into effect on July 1, 2017, is an agreement among federal, provincial, and territorial governments to reduce and eliminate barriers to the free movement of persons, goods, services and investments within Canada and to establish an open, efficient, and stable domestic market.

The CFTA established an Alcoholic Beverages Working Group (ABWG), comprised of federal, provincial, and territorial officials. The ABWG is tasked with identifying specific opportunities and recommendations to further enhance trade in alcoholic beverages within Canada, while being mindful of social responsibility and international obligations. The working group shall submit its recommendations to the Committee on Internal Trade by July 1, 2018. On the basis of this report, the CFTA Parties shall determine how trade in alcoholic beverages within Canada can be further enhanced.

Stakeholder Engagement

To advance its work, from October 16 to November 10, 2017, the ABWG sought stakeholder comments and suggestions on how to further enhance trade in alcoholic beverages within Canada. The ABWG would like to thank all of those who participated in the survey. Over 500 submissions were received from businesses, consumers and social responsibility groups. The ABWG is taking these comments and suggestions into account as it continues its work.