Alberta changing craft beer subsidy plan after trade ruling

first_imgEDMONTON – Alberta’s finance minister says the province will abide by a free trade ruling against its craft beer subsidies, but says the program will be replaced with something else.Joe Ceci says the province is committed to helping its craft brewing industry grow, especially given it faces stiff protectionist measures in other provinces.Ceci wouldn’t say what the changes will be.A three-member appeal panel upheld an earlier ruling that Alberta’s subsidy plan contravenes the Agreement on Internal Trade.For two years, Alberta has been taxing all beer producers at the same rate, but also giving grants to Alberta brewers.Artisan Ales, a Calgary-based importer, challenged the program, saying it was unfair and cut deeply into its sales.last_img

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