“Canadian distillers compete directly with
larger U.S. distillers both for packaging
contracts, as well as production of
alcohol. This extra money available to U.S.
distillers will now be used to enhance their
competitive position, while the resources
available to Canadian plants are decreasing,
thanks to the Canadian government.”
– Jan Westcott, President and CEO, Spirits Canada
retail, wholesale and domestic manufacturing industries that pro-vide
inputs to brewers across the country.
“This threatens, $13.6 billion in economic activity, 149,000
Canadian jobs, and $5.3 billion in wages to Canadian workers. The
escalator tax will make beer more expensive. And, on top of carbon
taxes, increases in payroll taxes and now higher excise taxes, brew-ers
have to manage labour cost increases and higher costs for raw
COV E R F E AT U R E
CANADA’S VOICE FOR BARLEY
On behalf of Canada’s 23,000 barley
farmers, the Barley Council of Canada
would like to congratulate Poured
Canada on their first issue!
We are proud to work alongside
Canada’s maltsters and brewers.
materials, like malt barley and aluminum beer cans.”
For the wine industry, Paszkowski says that after two consecu-tive
excise increases, as the direct result of 2017 budget, the excise
duty on wine has increased by nearly four per cent.
“And, as of Aug. 17, Statistics Canada reported that the
Canadian Consumer Price Index rose by three per cent in the
past 12 months. That’s 50 per cent higher than the government’s
revenue impact identified in the 2017 budget. Even without infla-tion
indexation, Canadian excise duty rates on wine are already
amongst the highest in the world, more than double the rate of our
largest trading partner, the United States.”
Essentially, Paszkowski adds that the proposed annual com-pounded
increases in excise tax will impact the Canadian wine
industry’s ability to take advantage of this potential.
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