Summary of evidence-informed alcohol policy adoption by local governments

Understand what evidence-informed alcohol policies have been adopted by local governments

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Levels of adoption

To understand the extent to which evidence-informed alcohol policy actions across Canada have been adopted at the local level, policies were analyzed from within the Prevention Policies Directory (31 municipalities captured by this tool). Evidence-informed alcohol policy actions were derived from multiple sources.

A level of adoption in Canada (low, medium or high) was assigned to each evidence-informed policy action to help illustrate areas of strength and weakness across the country:

  • Low = very few jurisdictions have adopted evidence-informed policy action
  • Medium = some, but not all jurisdictions have adopted evidence-informed policy action
  • High = most jurisdictions have adopted evidence-informed policy action

Click on each policy action in the table below for more information on current actions across 31 municipalities in Canada:*

Policy issue Policy action Level of adoption
Alcohol availability Limit hours of sale Low
Limit density of on- and off-premise alcohol outlets Low
Alcohol pricing Impose or increase taxes on alcohol Low
Establish minimum pricing, indexed to inflation, at or above customer index price Low
Adopt disincentive pricing for higher alcohol content products Low
Alcohol advertising and promotion Enforce and expand regulation of alcohol advertising content and formats Low
Enforce and expand regulation of alcohol sponsorship Low
Implement health warning labels on alcohol products Low

*Prevention Policies Directory captures information for 31 Canadian municipalities (18 largest municipalities in Canada, and at least 1 to 2 of the largest municipalities in all other provinces/territories).

Learn which municipalities have adopted a municipal alcohol policy (MAP).