Ontario’s craft spirit makers have for some time been fighting an uphill battle to make running a distillery in this province less arduous.
Led in large part by the Toronto Distillery Company, who in 2015 challenged the LCBO on the imposition of taxes on their onsite store that they deemed “unconstitutional,” Ontario spirit makers have been asking the government to amend current archaic alcohol taxation laws to level the playing field.
Finance Minister Charles Sousa just introduced a bill to revamp these tax laws, and it ain’t pretty.
Bill 70, introduced by Minister Sousa on Wednesday, includes a whopping new 61.5% sales tax for stores owned and operated by Ontario’s small and independent distilleries. Continue reading