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Importation of Intoxicating Liquors Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. I-3)

Act current to 2019-07-01 and last amended on 2019-06-21. Previous Versions

Importation of Intoxicating Liquors Act

R.S.C., 1985, c. I-3

An Act respecting interprovincial and international traffic in intoxicating liquors

Marginal note:Short title

 This Act may be cited as the Importation of Intoxicating Liquors Act.

  • R.S., c. I-4, s. 1

Marginal note:Definitions

 In this Act,

beer

 beer has the same meaning as in section 4 of the Excise Act; (bière)

bulk

 bulk has the same meaning as in section 2 of the Excise Act, 2001; (en vrac)

Chile

Chile has the same meaning as in subsection 2(1) of the Customs Tariff; (Chili)

Costa Rica

Costa Rica has the same meaning as in subsection 2(1) of the Customs Tariff; (Costa Rica)

denature

 denature has the same meaning as in section 2 of the Excise Act, 2001; (dénaturation)

EU country or other CETA beneficiary

EU country or other CETA beneficiary has the same meaning as in subsection 2(1) of the Customs Tariff; (pays de l’Union européenne ou autre bénéficiaire de l’AÉCG)

excise warehouse

 excise warehouse has the same meaning as in section 2 of the Excise Act, 2001; (entrepôt d'accise)

Honduras

Honduras has the same meaning as in subsection 2(1) of the Customs Tariff; (Honduras)

intoxicating liquor

intoxicating liquor means any liquor that is, by the law of the province for the time being in force, deemed to be intoxicating liquor and that it is unlawful to sell or have in possession without a permit or other authority of the government of the province or any board, commission, officer or other governmental agency authorized to issue the permit or grant the authority; (boisson enivrante)

licensed distiller

 licensed distiller means a person who holds a spirits licence under section 14 of the Excise Act, 2001; (distillateur agréé)

NAFTA country

NAFTA country has the meaning assigned to the expression NAFTA country by subsection 2(1) of the North American Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act; (pays ALÉNA)

packaged

 packaged has the same meaning as in section 2 of the Excise Act, 2001; (emballé)

Panama

Panama has the same meaning as in subsection 2(1) of the Customs Tariff; (Panama)

province

province means any province — other than Yukon, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut — in which there is in force an Act giving the government of the province or any board, commission, officer or other governmental agency control over the sale of intoxicating liquor in that province; (province)

spirits

spirits has the same meaning as in section 2 of the Excise Act, 2001; (spiritueux)

Ukraine

Ukraine has the same meaning as in subsection 2(1) of the Customs Tariff; (Ukraine)

wine

 wine has the same meaning as in section 2 of the Excise Act, 2001. (vin)

  • R.S., 1985, c. I-3, s. 2
  • 1993, c. 44, s. 159
  • 1997, c. 14, s. 80
  • 2001, c. 28, s. 52
  • 2002, c. 7, s. 182, c. 22, s. 394
  • 2012, c. 26, s. 57
  • 2014, c. 2, s. 12, c. 14, s. 21
  • 2017, c. 6, s. 28, c. 8, s. 18
  • 2019, c. 29, s. 185

Marginal note:Prohibition

  •  (1) Despite any other Act or law, other than the Foreign Missions and International Organizations Act, a person is not permitted to import, or cause to be imported, into a province from a place outside Canada any intoxicating liquor unless the intoxicating liquor has been purchased by or on behalf of, and is consigned to, Her Majesty or the executive government of a province, or any board, commission, officer or other governmental agency of the province that, by the law of that province, is authorized to sell intoxicating liquor.

  • Marginal note:Suspension of paragraph (2)(f)

    (1.1) The operation of paragraph (2)(f) is suspended during the period in which paragraph (2)(c) is in force.

  • Marginal note:Exceptions

    (2) The provisions of subsection (1) do not apply to

    • (a) the transportation of intoxicating liquor through a province to a territory or through Canada to a destination outside Canada, by the producer of the liquor or by a common carrier, if, during the time that the intoxicating liquor is being transported, its container is not opened or broken or any of the liquor is drunk or used;

    • (b) the importation of intoxicating liquor into a province by any person who is a licensed distiller or who is duly licensed by the Government of Canada to carry on the business or trade of a brewer if the liquor

      • (i) is imported solely for the purpose of being used for blending with or flavouring the products of the business or trade of a distiller or brewer carried on by the person in the province, and

      • (ii) is kept while in the province

        • (A) in the case of spirits or wine, in accordance with the Excise Act, 2001 and the laws of the province, and

        • (B) in the case of beer, by the person in a place or warehouse that conforms in all respects to the requirements of the law governing those places or warehouses;

    • (b.01) [Repealed, 2002, c. 22, s. 395]

    • (b.02) [Repealed, 2002, c. 22, s. 395]

    • (b.03) [Repealed, 2002, c. 22, s. 395]

    • (b.1) [Repealed, 2002, c. 22, s. 395]

    • (c) the importation of bulk spirits into a province from a NAFTA country by a licensed distiller for the purpose of being packaged by the distiller, if the spirits

      • (i) are entitled to the United States Tariff, the Mexico Tariff or the Mexico — United States Tariff in the List of Tariff Provisions set out in the schedule to the Customs Tariff, and

      • (ii) are kept while in the province in accordance with the Excise Act, 2001 and the laws of the province;

    • (d) the importation of bulk spirits into a province from Chile by a licensed distiller for the purpose of being packaged by the distiller, if the spirits

      • (i) are entitled to the benefit of the Chile Tariff in the List of Tariff Provisions set out in the schedule to the Customs Tariff, and

      • (ii) are kept while in the province in accordance with the Excise Act, 2001 and the laws of the province;

    • (e) the importation of bulk spirits into a province from Costa Rica by a licensed distiller for the purpose of being packaged by the distiller, if the spirits

      • (i) are entitled to the benefit of the Costa Rica Tariff in the List of Tariff Provisions set out in the schedule to the Customs Tariff, and

      • (ii) are kept while in the province in accordance with the Excise Act, 2001 and the laws of the province;

    • (f) the importation of bulk spirits into a province from the United States by a licensed distiller for the purpose of being packaged by the distiller, if the spirits

      • (i) are entitled to the United States Tariff in the List of Tariff Provisions set out in the schedule to the Customs Tariff, and

      • (ii) are kept while in the province in accordance with the Excise Act, 2001 and the laws of the province;

    • (f.1) the importation of bulk spirits into a province from a country or territory listed in column 1 of the schedule by a licensed distiller for the purpose of being packaged by the distiller, if the spirits

      • (i) are entitled to the benefit of a tariff set out in column 2, and

      • (ii) are kept while in the province in accordance with the Excise Act, 2001 and the laws of the province; and

    • (g) the transfer by a licensed distiller of any spirits produced or packaged in accordance with the Excise Act, 2001 that is permitted by any Act or regulation or by special permit of the Canada Revenue Agency, if the spirits

      • (i) in the case of packaged spirits, are kept in an excise warehouse of a licensed distiller and in accordance with the laws of the province in which they are kept, and

      • (ii) in the case of bulk spirits, are kept in accordance with the Excise Act, 2001 and the laws of the province in which they are kept.

    • (h) [Repealed, 2019, c. 29, s. 186]

  • (3) [Repealed, 2002, c. 22, s. 411]

  • R.S., 1985, c. I-3, s. 3
  • 1988, c. 65, s. 132
  • 1993, c. 44, s. 160
  • 1997, c. 14, s. 81, c. 36, s. 211
  • 1999, c. 17, s. 163
  • 2001, c. 28, s. 53
  • 2002, c. 22, ss. 395, 411
  • 2004, c. 16, s. 9
  • 2005, c. 38, s. 138
  • 2012, c. 14, s. 1, c. 26, s. 58
  • 2014, c. 20, s. 163
  • 2017, c. 6, s. 29
  • 2019, c. 29, s. 186
 
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