Keeping tabs on Bill C-311 in Canada

*see update to this post below*

The Bill is nearly a law! For decades in Canada, it has been illegal for individuals to ship wine between provinces. Bill C-311 seeks to change this law, and if passed, individuals will be able to buy wine directly from any of Canada’s wineries.

Okanagan vineyard

Okanagan vineyard

Why it’s illegal:

Until now, Canada retained a law from 1928 called Importation of Intoxicating Liquors Act. The law was relevant to prohibition-era issues.

Why it’s changing now:

The MP for Okanagan-Coquihalla, Dan Albas, introduced private members Bill C-311 in October 2011.

Current status:

Parliament and Senate have both passed the Bill. Royal Assent is required to create the law. The Assent is expected the week of June 25, 2012.

Here’s a list of key sites to track the latest news on this issue:

An alliance of Canadian wine consumers:

Home page of Okanagan-Coquihalla MP Dan Albas:

A site dedicated to wine law in Canada and spearheaded by Vancouver lawyer Mark Hicken:

Join the Facebook page to support the Bill:


Jump for joyBill C-311 became a law June 28, 2012.

Check out the article in Wine Access Magazine for details.


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