Canada: The Costs of Weakening Alcohol PolicyPosted December 13 2021
Canada does not have an alcohol policy at the federal level. Instead alcohol policies are governed by provinces and territories. The absence of an adequate alcohol policy system has caused several provinces and territories to weaken alcohol sales under the pressure of the alcohol industry. Thus, exposing more and more people in Canada, including children, to harms caused by alcohol products.
Ontario is an unfortunate example of the cost of weakening alcohol availability rules. Over the years the Ontario government has made alcohol more widely and easily available.
A federal alcohol policy in Canada is needed to protect Canadian citizens from the harms caused by the products and practices of the alcohol industry.