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OCC Urges Province to Reconsider Outdated Wine Trade Regulations

    The Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) has drafted a letter to the Minister of Finance outlining its support for the removal of prohibitive regulations related to the direct sale and delivery of 100% Ontario made VQA wines.

    On June 28 2012, federal MP Dan Albas’ Bill C-311 received Royal Assent. The bill amends the Importation of Intoxicating Liquors Act to allow Canadians to bring wine purchased in another province back to their home province.

    It is now incumbent on provincial governments to regulate the distribution of alcoholic beverages and out-of-province wine purchases.

    In its letter to the Minister of Finance, the OCC asks that Ontario demonstrate its commitment to reducing interprovincial trade barriers by working with all provinces and territories to remove prohibitive regulations related to the direct sale and delivery of 100% Ontario made VQA wines.

    VQA Ontario is Ontario’s Wine Authority, a regulatory agency responsible for maintaining the integrity of local wine appellations and enforcing winemaking and labelling standards. VQA Ontario does not represent the wine industry in Ontario and is not a marketing agency.

    Read this submission.

    OCC Submission

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