Yukon Liquor Corporation

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Liquor Manufacturing

Wines and spirits, including liqueurs, can now be manufactured in Yukon, in addition to beer.

FEDERAL REGULATIONS

Keg imageAll liquor manufacturers in Canada must be licensed by the Canada Revenue Agency under Canada’s Excise Act (beer) or Excise Act 2001 (wines and spirits), which generally deal with the process of manufacturing liquor.

Liquor manufacturers must also meet the requirements of the Consumer Packaging and Food Labelling Act and other legislation related to liquor, including Canada's Importation of Intoxicating Liquors Act.

Health & safety and quality control issues related to liquor manufacturing are addressed in Canada's Food & Drug Act and under policies established by Canada's Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), specifically, under CFIA's General Principles of Food Hygiene Code of Practice.

Bottle imageThese outline a manufacturer's requirements for controlling product formulation, process design, ingredients, packaging, product preparation and blending, verification of product safety (testing), equipment, premises, pest control, sanitation, water / ice / steam quality, storage, transportation, record keeping, complaints and recalls, employee training and hygiene, among other related issues.

For further information on Government of Canada regulatory requirements, contact them at:

Organization

Telephone

Website

Canada Revenue Agency

(604) 658-8610

http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/tx/tchncl/exciseduty-eng.html

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

(250) 470-4884(604) 666-6038

www.inspection.gc.ca/english/fssa/fssae.shtml

 

YUKON LIQUOR LICENSING

All Yukon liquor manufacturers need a  Liquor Manufacturer's Licence. 

Your other permits and approvals do not need to be finalized before you apply; however, you should have applied for them.  Your liquor licence, if approved by the Yukon Liquor Board, will not come into effect until all of your other permits and approvals are in place.

You need a separate licence for each liquor product category you are manufacturing:  wines, spirits, or beer. Each licence costs $200 per year.

If you plan to sell Yukon-manufactured products directly to the public from your own manufacturing facility, apply for a Liquor Manufacturer's Retail Licence ($144 for beer or wine, $28.80 for spirits). To sell Yukon-manufactured liquor products to other jurisdiction, only your Liquor Manufacturer's Licence is required. 

No additional licence is required to sell your products through the Yukon Liquor Corporation. To apply to do so, contact our Purchasing & Distribution branch.

For licence information and applications, contact our Licensing & Social Responsibility branch.

Contact Us

Telephone: (867) 667-5245 
Toll free:    1-800-661-0408 Ext. 5245 
Fax:            (867) 393-6306       
Email:         yukon.liquor@gov.yk.ca