Canadians can expect to pay more for beer, wine and spirits as taxes on alcohol sales have risen 1.5 per cent as of April 1.
"That means even higher prices for beer in Canada,"said Beer Canada Chair Geroge Croft in a release. "Governments are punishing beer drinkers with these price hikes for no good reason and its time brewers and consumers said enough is enough."
The increase is part of the federal government's plan announced in the 2017 budget to raise excise taxes on alcohol sales every year based on the rate of inflation. In 2017 the tax increased by two per cent.
Federal and provincial taxes make up 47 per cent of the cost of a bottle of beer, between 65 to 70 per cent of the final price of wine and about 80 percent of the price for spirits, according to the Canadian Taxpayers Federation.
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