Taxes and other disincentives on alcohol: Local pricing policies

Local governments can introduce bylaws that tax retail sales of alcohol

Inside this alcohol policy pack

Taxes and other disincentives on alcohol

Use pricing policies such as excise tax increases on alcoholic beverages1,2,3,4

Imposition or increase of taxes and other disincentives on alcoholic drinksa,1,2

Degree of adoption in 31 Canadian municipalities

Current actions in Canada
No actions observed.

Local policy toolsa,b

  • Tax, Fees, Levy Bylaws

Examples of local actiona,b
Municipalities can introduce tax bylaw on retail sales of alcohol.

1- World Cancer Research Fund International (2009). Policy and Action for Cancer Prevention. Retrieved from:
2- World Health Organization (2013). Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases. Retrieved from:
3- Cancer Care Ontario (2016). Prevention System Quality Index. Retrieved from:
4- Public Health Ontario/Cancer Care Ontario (2012). Taking Action to Prevent Chronic Disease. Retrieved from:
a- Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (2013). Making the case for supporting local alcohol policy in Ontario
b- University of Victoria (2010). Helping Municipal Governments Reduce Alcohol-related Harms