B E E R C A N A DA
• There were 1,123 licensed breweries operating in
Canada at the end of 2019, an increase of 13 per cent
• There are 3.7 breweries per every 100,000 legal
drinking age adults in Canada.
• In 2019, 87 per cent of beer sales were products of
5.5 per cent alcohol by volume or less.
• Per capita beer drinking slid to 71.2 litres from 79.5
litres five years ago.
• Saskatchewan had the sharpest year-over-year
decline in beer sales, down 7.8 per cent.
• Every province saw beer sales decrease in 2019, with
national total sales down three per cent.
• Cans continue to increase in popularity as a
packaging format, now holding a 65 per cent share
of the market, an increase from 62 per cent in 2018.
Bottle sales dropped from 28 to 25 per cent, while
draught remains unchanged at 10 per cent.
payments, while the U.K. has paused planned excise duty increas-es.
Canada’s federal government can do the same to help Canadian
brewers. Postponing monthly excise duty payments and rolling
The number of breweries in
Canada hit an all-time high
with 1,123 at the end of 2019;
nearly triple the number in
operation five years ago and up
13 per cent from 995 in 2018.
back the automatic excise duty increase that went into effect
April 1 are moves the government can make to provide room for
brewing companies to maintain the cash flow needed to keep their
doors open, to pay staff and suppliers now, and their fair share of
taxes in the future.
Breweries support a large supply chain across the country,
contributing to the livelihoods of hospitality and food service
employees, farmers, bottle and can manufacturers, distributors,
tourism and countless others connected to beer.
Beer has a substantial impact on Canada’s economy. Figures
from the Conference Board of Canada show beer supports 149,000
Canadian jobs, with a labour income of $5.3 billion while contrib-uting
$13.6 billion to Canada’s GDP. This impact is due in large part
to the domestic nature of Canada’s beer industry. In 2019, 84 per
cent of the beer consumed in Canada was made here.
Explore Beer Canada’s Industry Trends online at
industry.beercanada.com/statistics. Beer Canada members have
access to the full report.
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