Wine Tax Information Sheet - Wine Boutiques

Certain wine and wine coolers purchased from wine boutiques located inside the shopping area of authorized grocery stores

Effective October 28, 2016, wine and wine coolers will be available for purchase from wine boutiques located inside the shopping area of authorized grocery stores. For the purposes of this page, wine includes wine coolers.

Purchasers of wine that are manufactured by owners of – and sold from – wine boutiques located inside the shopping area of grocery stores authorized to sell wine as agents of the wine boutique owner are subject to the following taxes, which are included in the price of the product.

Pursuant to the Fall Budget Bill, Part II of the Alcohol and Gaming Regulation and Public Protection Act, 1996 has been amended to impose phased increases to the basic tax rates on these purchases as outlined below.

Wine basic tax (wine boutiques):

  • If the wine is an Ontario wine:
    • 6.1% of the retail price of the wine for purchases made on or after October 28, 2016 and before January 1, 2017
    • 7.1% of the retail price of the wine for purchases made on or after January 1, 2017 and before April 1, 2017
    • 8.1% of the retail price of the wine for purchases made on or after April 1, 2017 and before April 1, 2018
    • 9.6% of the retail price of the wine for purchases made on or after April 1, 2018 and before April 1, 2019
    • 11.1% of the retail price of the wine for purchases made on or after April 1, 2019.
  • If the wine is not an Ontario wine:
    • 17.1% of the retail price of the wine for purchases made on or after October 28, 2016 and before April 1, 2017
    • 19.1% of the retail price of the wine for purchases made on or after April 1, 2017 and before April 1, 2018
    • 22.6% of the retail price of the wine for purchases made on or after April 1, 2018 and before April 1, 2019
    • 26.6% of the retail price of the wine for purchases made on or after April 1, 2019.

Volume tax:

  • 29 cents per litre for wine, or
  • 28 cents per litre for wine coolers.

Environmental tax:

  • 8.93 cents per non‑refillable container.

Wine taxes do not apply on wine that was not manufactured by the operator of wine boutiques.

For the purposes of the wine taxes

Ontario wine means wine that is Ontario wine for the purposes of the Liquor Licence Act:

  1. wine produced in Ontario from grapes, cherries, apples or other fruits grown in Ontario, the concentrated juice of those fruits or other agricultural products containing sugar or starch and includes Ontario wine to which is added herbs, water, honey, sugar or the distillate of Ontario wine or cereal grains grown in Ontario
  2. wine produced by the alcoholic fermentation of Ontario honey, with or without the addition of caramel, natural botanical flavours or the distillate of Ontario honey wine, or
  3. wine produced from a combination of,
    1. apples grown in Ontario or the concentrated juice thereof to which is added herbs, water, honey, sugar or the distillate of Ontario wine or cereal grains grown in Ontario, and
    2. the concentrated juice of apples grown outside of Ontario,

    in such proportion as is prescribed.

Ontario wine cooler is Ontario wine, or a beverage containing Ontario wine, that contains not more than 7 percent alcohol by volume.

Retail price of wine is the amount fixed by the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (or the winery, if the LCBO has not fixed a price) for the wine, less the sum of:

  1. the amount of any deposit on the container containing the wine that is required to be collected or remitted under the Ontario deposit return program
  2. all taxes imposed under Part IX of the Excise Tax Act (Canada) (i.e., HST) in respect of the purchase of the wine, and
  3. all taxes imposed under the Alcohol and Gaming Regulation and Public Protection Act, 1996, in respect of the purchase of the wine.

Disclaimer: The information on this page does not replace the law found in the Alcohol and Gaming Regulation and Public Protection Act, 1996, and related regulations. For more information, please visit ontario.ca/finance.

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