Until July 8, B.C residents were only allowed to bring three litres of spirits, nine litres of wine, and 25.6 litres of beer, cider, and coolers back home from other Canadian provinces and territories.
The only exception concerned wine bought from a Canadian winery and made entirely from Canadian products.
But now, there are no personal limits on importing alcohol from elsewhere in Canada, as a result of a pledge made by Premier John Horgan at meetings last summer with other premiers.
As part of this arrangement, Saskatchewan and Nova Scotia have also scrapped personal-exemption limits.
The B.C. government is hoping that this will lead to greater wine exports from B.C.
“For too long, British Columbians faced restrictions when bringing wine, beer and spirits from other provinces back to B.C. Our government has taken action to fix this,” Jobs, Trade and Technology Minister Bruce Ralston said in a government news release. “This policy is consistent with the direction from the Council of Federation meeting in Saskatoon last week, where Canada’s premiers committed to reduce limits on transporting alcohol across our borders.”
However at last summer's meeting of the premiers, they did not agree to end rules prohibiting people from ordering wine online from other provinces.
That resulted in scathing criticism from the Canadian Vintners Association.
"Canadians would be shocked to learn that they could face significant fines and/or jail time for disobeying these laws," CVA president and CEO Dan Paszlowski said at the time.