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Alcohol Sales in Canada

 


According to the most recent figures from Statistics Canada, alcohol sales for the country totalled $14.5 billion, up 6.8% from 2000/01.  Beer accounted for 51.1% of the total, and the remainder was split between spirits (25.6%) and wine (23.3%).

Ontario had the most in sales- $5.447 billion. Quebec came second with $3.73 billion in sales from alcohol. For British Columbia,  it was just under $2 billion ($1.945 billion) and Alberta it was over $1.4 billion.

Nunavut which has the smallest population in Canada still had $3 million in sales, and in the Northwest Territories which also has a relatively smaller population, earned $37 million in sales. Prince Edward Island had $58.8 million in alcohol sales. Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick all sold between $316,000,000 and $452,000,000.

 

Sales of alcoholic beverages

Fiscal year ended March 31, 2002

 

Spirits

Wine

Beer

Total

 

$ millions

Canada

3,716.1 

3,383.0 

7,412.7 

14,511.8 

Newfoundland and Labrador

86.3

25.2

165.9

277.4

Prince Edward Island

20.0

8.9

29.9

58.8

Nova Scotia

148.4

60.3

214.8

423.5

New Brunswick

81.6

43.4

191.6

316.6

Quebec

463.9

1,197.6

2,069.1

3,730.6

Ontario

1,512.3

1,162.6

2,772.3

5,447.2

Manitoba

175.8

69.3

207.0

452.2

Saskatchewan

152.5

35.4

184.6

372.4

Alberta

474.9

276.1

672.4

1,423.4

British Columbia

576.2

496.2

873.1

1,945.4

Yukon

7.6

3.9

11.9

23.4

Northwest Territories

15.7

4.0

17.3

37.0

Nunavut

0.9

0.2

2.7

3.8

Source:  Statistics Canada, 2003

 


 

Per Capita Sales

Sales by volume of alcoholic beverages, per capita

Fiscal year ended March 31, 2002

 

Spirits

Wine

Beer

Total

 

litres per capita

Canada

7.1 

12.4 

84.7 

104.2 

Newfoundland and Labrador

7.1

5.6

95.2

107.9

Prince Edward Island

8.3

5.1

82.6

96.0

Nova Scotia

8.8

7.7

79.0

95.5

New Brunswick

6.4

7.7

81.3

95.4

Quebec

3.6

16.7

94.0

114.2

Ontario

8.2

10.9

81.9

101.0

Manitoba

9.1

7.9

77.9

95.0

Saskatchewan

9.0

5.0

76.8

90.8

Alberta

8.0

13.6

90.0

111.6

British Columbia

8.4

14.0

75.9

98.2

Yukon

13.8

17.6

144.2

175.6

Northwest Territories and Nunavut1

8.9

7.7

84.3

100.9

1

The volume per capita of Northwest Territories and Nunavut are combined since the distribution centre in Nunavut is not representative of all sales.

 

Source:  Statistics Canada, 2003

 


 

Profits

Profits from the control and sale of alcoholic beverages in Canada reached $3.9 billion, up 2.7% from 2000/01. Of that amount, $3.2 billion was remitted to the provincial and territorial governments.

Statistics Canada notes:

"Per capita remitted profits in 2001/02 were highest in the Northwest Territories ($427), followed by Yukon ($218) and Newfoundland and Labrador ($210). The lowest revenues were in Prince Edward Island ($77), Quebec ($79) and Ontario ($92). Per capita remitted profits in Saskatchewan, New Brunswick, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, British Columbia and Alberta were between $155 and $188."

Ontario and Quebec however, have much larger populations than other provinces or territories. As a result, the total profits remitted to government for those provinces are much higher than other provinces.

 

Source: Statistics Canada, 2003

 


 

References

Statistics Canada, The Daily, Control and sale of alcoholic beverages, 2001/02

Wednesday, July 9, 2003

http://www.statcan.ca/Daily/English/030709/d030709b.htm

 

Page last updated: July 22, 2003

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