Excise Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. E-14)

Act current to 2015-11-16 and last amended on 2010-12-15. Previous Versions


Marginal note:Rates binding and payable by Her Majesty
  •  (1) The rates and duties of excise imposed by this Act or any other law relating to excise as well as the rates and duties of excise imposed by any law relating to excise or inland revenue enacted and in force since July 1, 1867 are binding on and payable by Her Majesty in respect of any goods manufactured or imported by or for Her Majesty, whether in right of Canada or a province, and whether or not the goods so manufactured or imported belonged at the time of manufacture or importation to Her Majesty, and any and all of those Acts shall be construed and interpreted as if the rates and duties of excise were and are by express words charged on and made payable by Her Majesty.

  • Marginal note:Interpretation

    (2) Nothing contained in subsection (1) is intended to impose or to declare the imposition of any tax on, or to make or declare liable to taxation, any property belonging to Her Majesty in right of Canada or a province.

  • Marginal note:Duties payable after seizure

    (3) Without restricting the generality of subsections (1) and (2), when any goods subject to excise have been seized or forfeited by the government of any province or any public authority established by or under the authority of that government, the duties of excise imposed by this Act are payable and may be recovered in the same manner as if those goods were found in the possession of any private person.

  • R.S., c. E-12, s. 7.



Marginal note:Minister may refuse or suspend licence
  •  (1) The Minister may, for any reason that he deems sufficient in the public interest, refuse to issue any licence or to grant any privilege authorized by this Act, and may suspend, cancel or revoke a licence granted or any privilege given by this Act.

  • Marginal note:Commissioner may act

    (2) The Minister may authorize the Commissioner to exercise on the Minister’s behalf any of the powers conferred on the Minister by this Act.

  • R.S., 1985, c. E-14, s. 8;
  • 1999, c. 17, s. 140.
Marginal note:No licence in places unsurveyed or unsettled

 No licence shall be issued under this Act, nor shall any business subject to excise be carried on, in any unsurveyed or unsettled tract of country or in any district or place prohibited by order in council.

  • R.S., c. E-12, s. 9.
Marginal note:Business may not be carried on without licence

 No person, unless licensed to do so, shall carry on any business or trade subject to excise or use any utensil, machinery or apparatus suitable for carrying on that business or trade or, not being licensed as a distiller or licensed to carry on the business of rectifying spirits, import, make or begin to make any still, rectifier or other apparatus suitable for the manufacture or rectification of spirits.

  • R.S., c. E-12, s. 10.