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Results: Alcohol is about to get more expensive in Canada

Published on 03/17/2023
By: Tellwut
Canadian residents might notice that their next trip to the liquor store sets them back further than usual. On April 1, the federal government's annual escalator excise tax will go into effect, raising the price of beer, wine, and spirits by just over six per cent. According to the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF), taxes already make up 50 per cent of the cost of beer, 65 per cent of the cost of wine, and 75 per cent of the cost of spirits. The CTF is calling on the federal government to scrap the alcohol tax increase. “On the very day the carbon and alcohol tax are to go through, Members of Parliament are taking their fourth pay raise since the start of the pandemic," he said. The tax is due to inflation, since Canada tied excise duties (charged on spirits, wine, beer, and tobacco products) to inflation. Last year, the tax went up 2.4 per cent. This year it will be 6.3 per cent and 18 per cent overall since the federal government tied excise tax increase to the inflation rate in 2017. -CTV News