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Importing alcohol from outside Nunavut

22 September 2020

Public Service Announcement

Importing alcohol from outside Nunavut

Did you know that if you live in a restricted or an unrestricted community, you can bring back up to three litres of spirits, nine litres of wine, or 26 litres of beer (72 x 355 millilitre containers) to Nunavut? A liquor import permit is needed to bring in more than this amount. If you live in a restricted community, you will also need approval from your local Alcohol Education Committee (AEC) before importing alcohol.

Import permits are available from your region’s liquor permit office:

Iqaluit Beer and Wine Store
Phone: 867-975-6869
Fax: 867-979-5836

Rankin Inlet – Siniktarvik Building
Phone: 867-645-8576
Fax: 867-645-3327

Cambridge Bay – Department of Finance (Helen Maksagak Centre)
Phone: 867-983-4048

Without an import permit, liquor stores in other provinces will not process your order. Please note that liquor import permits are non-refundable and are valid for only one order. They must be used within three weeks of purchase date.

You can also buy alcohol within Nunavut without an import permit through the Nunavut Liquor and Cannabis Commission, by phone at 867-645-8475 or toll free at 855-844-5488, by fax at 867-645-3327, or by email at


Media Contact:

Weichien Chan
Manager, Communications
Department of Finance