Nova Scotians who contributed to u-vint and u-brew consultations will see their feedback incorporated into new legislation and future regulations that support this growing industry.
Finance and Treasury Board Minister Diana Whalen introduced amendments to the Liquor Control Act today, April 15.
These changes will allow for licensing of ferment-on-premises, known as u-vint operations. It will also allow government to soon move ahead with regulations that will set standards for these businesses.
This amendment follows public consultations with the industry, consumers, and health professionals across Nova Scotia. Twenty-one submissions were received by the department.
“From the start, we said we wanted to work cooperatively to bring forward legislation that allows u-vints to operate and grow,” said Ms. Whalen. “We heard from a wide variety of individuals and groups, and I’d like to thank everyone who took the time to give us their thoughts.
“I have supported this direction for years and am pleased to be in a position to move this legislation forward. Congratulations to the industry representatives who pushed so hard for so long for these changes.”
Work on regulations is currently underway. Once a proposed model is finalized, it will be shared again with stakeholders for feedback. Government is committed to working with stakeholders to ensure ground rules are put in place to help the industry grow and thrive, while protecting the health and safety of Nova Scotians.
“As an industry, we are pleased and excited the government has asked for our feedback and ideas on this legislation and regulations,” said Ross Harrington, owner of Wine Kitz in Halifax. “We’re glad to see this continue to move ahead and look forward to participating in the next steps.”