OTTAWA, Canada – Mary Ng, minister of small business, export promotion and international trade, today issued the following statement:
“The Canadian wine industry is a vibrant part of our economy. The Government of Canada is committed to supporting this important sector, creating good jobs for Canadians and promoting the sale of high-quality products.
“Today, Canada and Australia announced a partial agreement regarding Australia’s World Trade Organization challenge against Canada, DS537: Canada—Measures Governing the Sale of Wine. The agreement reflects Canada’s strong commitment to the rules-based international trading system, which is incredibly important for our businesses during these challenging times.
“As part of this agreement, the Government of Canada has agreed to repeal by June 30, 2022, the federal excise duty exemption on wine as set out in subsection 135(2) of the Excise Act, 2001.
“Canada’s objective throughout this process has been to ensure a competitive Canadian wine industry. The Government of Canada appreciates the collaboration of provincial partners and the wine industry in helping to resolve the issue.
“Canada will continue to work with provincial governments and the domestic wine industry to seek further progress with Australia on this issue.”