Other provinces are benefiting from a boom of new distilleries and job creation from the increased consumer demand for local spirits. However, here the Ontario Small Cidery and Small Distillery Support Program ended without any replacement or tax relief on Dec 31, 2019. This will mean fewer new distilleries opening and less money for struggling small distillers in the province to make ends meet. Take a moment to let your MPP know that Ontario should be leading the Canadian craft distilling movement, not being left behind.

Tasting room taxes are much higher for distilleries than wineries or breweries in Ontario. Craft distilling in Ontario is still less than 10 years old and the taxes haven't kept up with the times. One of the great things about craft spirits is that you can visit a distillery tasting room and meet the makers. All of the costs of the tasting room experience are paid by the distillery but they still need to write a cheque to the government for over half the price of each bottle sold. The tasting room tax was set at a level lower than at the LCBO (where wholesale spirit prices are taxed/marked-up around 260%), but there still needs to be parity with brewery and winery tasting rooms to grow the Ontario industry. In jurisdictions where tasting room taxes have been eliminated or dramatically reduced, there has been a boom in new distilleries opening and jobs created. When the Ontario tasting room tax began in 2017 there was also a rebate program for small distillers introduced. Now the rebate program is ending, but the tax remains.

Ontario's beverage alcohol taxes are being reviewed right now - it's time to #FreeMyRye !

Click here to Sign the Petition or Email Your MPP

Ontario's Craft Distillers need your help to get Ontario's spirits on track. We put a lot of work into crafting fantastic products with local ingredients but are being held back by the province. Other Canadian provinces have updated their taxes and regulations to allow craft distilleries to thrive, but Ontario is still behind the times. Please share the message and visit to sign our petition and email your MPP.


Ontario's craft distillers create premium, small-batch spirits by partnering with local grain, fruit, and dairy producers and using labour intensive techniques. The Free My Rye campaign is proudly created by the Ontario Craft Distillers Association to get your local distilleries the support they need.

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