Statement from Premier Notley regarding British Columbia wines

The Government of Alberta has directed the Alberta Gaming, Liquor & Cannabis (AGLC) to put an immediate halt to the import of British Columbia wine to Alberta.

  • There were 117 British Columbia wineries registered to sell product in Alberta, and 1,460 total products.
  • Albertans have access to 22,540 other wine products from around the globe.
  • LiquorConnect is a great online resource for up-to-date information on liquor product availability, closest retail locations and how to go about getting the products.

AGLC will also step up enforcement on direct-to-consumer sales.

  • Under the federal Importation of Intoxicating Liquors Act, individuals are allowed to import liquor from another province for personal consumption – in approved quantities and as permitted by the provinces and territories.
  • The Gaming and Liquor Regulation, Gaming and Liquor Act and related handbooks clearly explain that direct orders and shipments to consumers in Alberta are not permitted. In order to legally sell directly to Alberta consumers, an appropriate Alberta liquor licence is required.