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Legal Drinking Age for Alcohol in Canada

"Legal drinking age" is a term commonly used to refer to the age at which:

  • A person can legally purchase, possess, supply and consume alcohol; and

  • Alcohol can legally be supplied to or purchased for a person.

In Canada, there is no federally defined legal drinking age — each province and territory sets its own limits. The legal age for purchasing, possessing, consuming and supplying alcohol is 18 in Alberta, Manitoba and Quebec, and 19 in all other provinces and territories.

ProvinceLegal Age
Alberta18
British Columbia19
Manitoba18
New Brunswick19
Newfoundland and Labrador 19
Northwest Territories 19
Nova Scotia 19
Nunavut19
Ontario 19
Prince Edward Island 19
Québec18
Saskatchewan 19
Yukon 19


Source:
Solomon, R. (1999). Alcohol and drug law. In E. Single, M. Van Truong, E. Adlaf & A. Ialomiteanu (Eds.), Canadian profile : Alcohol, tobacco and other drugs (pp. 295-315). Ottawa, ON: Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse and Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.
Nunavut Liquor Act

Drink responsibly. View Canada’s Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines.
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