Beer Tax Put On Ice

The Ontario government has annoucned it will cancel a scheduled increase in the provincial beer tax.

The Progressive Conservatives say the three-cent-per-litre increase was planned by the previous Liberal regime and will be scrapped.

It says it's stopping the increase that was set to go into effect November 1 as it reviews the province's approach to beer and wine sales, including the possible expansion of sales into corner and big box stores.

The government says beer taxes have increased by three cents per litre each year since 2015.

But there's no word on how much tax revenue will be lost by stopping the tax increase.

Beer and wine taxes brought in revenues of roughly $589 million in 2016-2017.

The Canadian Press