Summary of evidence-informed alcohol policy adoption by provincial and territorial governments

Understand what evidence-informed alcohol policies have been adopted by provincial and territorial governments

Inside this alcohol policy pack

Levels of adoption

To understand the extent to which evidence-informed alcohol policy actions across Canada have been adopted at the provincial and territorial levels, policies were analyzed from within the Prevention Policies Directory. 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:

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

Learn more about which provinces and territories have alcohol strategies in place.