Canada’s liquor store industry set to explode in 2017
The number of Canadians who can drink alcohol in their homes has been steadily growing since the 1990s.
The number has now reached its highest level in five years, according to a new report by the Canada Revenue Agency.
The report says that in 2017, liquor store owners will be able to sell booze for $4,000 in total.
That’s a 50 per cent jump from last year.
That number represents an increase of about 4.6 per cent in the last year alone.
There were 8,826 liquor stores in Canada last year, up from 5,611 in 2016.
But the CRA report says there are also more outlets opening each month.
The agency says it expects liquor stores to be open on average more than four hours per day by March 2018.
It’s also expecting the number of liquor stores across the country to double by 2022, and triple by 2026.
This year, it expects Canada to see an additional 1.4 million new liquor licenses issued, with the number expected to hit 8.3 million by March 2019.
That translates to about 6.6 million new licenses in just a year.
The average number of new liquor licences issued per capita in the country was 2.5 per cent last year and is expected to double to 4.3 per cent by 2019.
The new licences also mean more bars, restaurants and retail stores are opening each year.
As more liquor stores open each month, more people will be drinking and driving.
It will mean more crashes and accidents.
The CRA report predicts that in 2021, alcohol-related traffic deaths in Canada will rise from 3,902 to 6,872.
It says the average number per year will increase to 5,900 in 2021.
As a result, the number one cause of death in Canada in 2021 will be alcohol-induced head injuries.
“In addition to the number that are related to alcohol consumption, drivers also present a higher risk of serious injury and death when they collide with pedestrians and cyclists,” the report says.
The increase in the number and types of alcohol-impaired driving accidents has been a big focus of the Liberal government since it was elected in 2015.
The federal government is committed to improving public safety in Canada by making road safety a priority and reducing alcohol-use-related deaths.
The Liberals have pledged to double the number to 40,000 by 2021.
That means a 50-per-cent increase in alcohol-caused deaths in 2021 compared to 2016.
That includes alcohol-drugged driving, the study says.
It adds that the number will rise as more jurisdictions implement stronger laws to control alcohol.
“The government’s focus is to reduce alcohol-dependent road crashes, particularly in vulnerable communities, where impaired drivers are disproportionately affected,” the CRA said.
The government is also encouraging people to drink responsibly.
“As we make progress on reducing alcohol consumption in Canada, we must ensure we continue to promote responsible, safe and responsible-drinking behaviour,” the government said in a statement.
In addition to its new liquor licensing, the CRA also said it is planning to increase the number the provinces issue licenses to $3,000 a year for people aged 16 and over.