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Buying alcohol in Nunavut

12 March 2020

Public Service Announcement

Buying alcohol in Nunavut

In Nunavut, there are three different rules on purchasing and bringing alcohol into Nunavut, depending on the liquor restriction system of the community you are in:

1. It is illegal to import, purchase or consume any amount of alcohol in communities designated as prohibited.
2. You must get permission from the local Alcohol Education Committee before bringing alcohol into any restricted community.
3. Only the general rules about importing, buying and consuming alcohol from the Liquor Act apply in an unrestricted community.

Whether you live in or travel to an unrestricted or restricted community, you need a liquor permit to bring more than three litres of spirits, nine litres of wine, or 26 litres of beer (72 x 355 millilitre containers) with you when you travel into Nunavut. Liquor permits are always required when you place a liquor order outside the territory.

To find out what the rules are for your community, visit


Media Contact:

Weichien Chan
Manager, Communications
Department of Finance