What Are Canadian Bootlegging Laws?


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Canada's bootlegging laws govern the transportation of alcohol between the provinces and regulate how much alcohol may be imported into the country. Each province sets its own rules as to where and when alcohol may be purchased and the legal age for doing so.

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The Government of Canada oversees Canadian border importation. Persons entering Canada are allowed up to 1.5 liters of wine, or 53 ounces. Liquor importation is limited to 1.14 liters, or 40 ounces. One case of beer, 24 cans or bottles holding 355 milliliters, or up to 287 ounces, is allowed. The person doing the importing must be of legal drinking age in the province of entry, which is 19 in most of the country and 18 in Alberta, Manitoba and Quebec.

Everything concerning sales, consumption and provincial importation is the domain of each provincial government. For example, in British Columbia, alcohol is sold at government liquor stores and licensed private stores, but not in grocery or sundry stores. British Columbia allows limited amounts of alcohol to be imported into the province for personal use.

In Quebec, beer and wine are sold in grocery stores, with brands bottled in Quebec taking precedence. As of 2015, the grocery stores may only sell alcohol from 8 a.m. until 11 p.m., even if they are open longer. Stores operated by the Quebec Liquor Board, as well as bars and licensed restaurants, may sell alcohol until 3 a.m.

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