B.C’s Agriculture Minister is praising Nova Scotia for becoming the latest province to allow B.C. wine to be directly shipped into its jurisdiction.
Speaking at Gray Monk Winery in Lake Country Thursday afternoon, Norm Letnick said the free movement of wine shipments between provinces has been a priority for the Canadian wine industry and the B.C. government.
“Together, we are providing B.C. and Nova Scotia consumers with better choice and convenience. By removing these barriers on provincial wine shipments, we are opening up new markets for Canadian wine,” said Letnick, who is also the MLA for Kelowna-Lake Country.
Until recently, it was illegal to ship wine between provinces but thanks to changes in federal legislation a few years ago, that has been slowly changing as some provinces have agreed to allow shipments between themselves and other provinces.
With a growing wine industry centered here in the Okanagan, this area will benefit from the change. But not all provinces are yet on board.
Letnick said British Columbia welcomes Nova Scotia in allowing direct shipments of B.C. wine from the producer to the consumers doorstep, and thanked the government of Nova Scotia for its role in strengthening trade relationships between provinces, and “allowing Canadians to share experiences and products from one coast to the other.”
He said the B.C. government will continue to promote the growth and production of high-value, high- quality products in B.C. that result in growers earning more dollars.
“Building markets for B.C. products is part of our governments efforts to encourage young farmers to enter the profession, and grow B.C.s agrifood revenues to $14 billion a year by 2017,” said Letnick.
Article source: Kelowna Capital News