Vape regulations

The vaping regulatory landscape across Canada continues to evolve as governments and regulators consider and announce new laws that govern the vaping category. It can be difficult to keep track of these new developments and understand how new regulations impact the products that are available and where they can be purchased.

This website will give you the latest information on regulations that affect vapour products. Province by province, your choices are being threatened and increased limitations are being imposed. This website will help you stay informed.

Federal Vaping Excise

Effective October 1st, 2022, federal excise will begin to apply to vaping substances, increasing their price to consumers, at a rate dependent on the volume of the substance in each container purchased (e.g. in each vaping cartridge, pod or bottle of e-liquid).

The excise duty rates are outlined in the table below:

First 10 mLOver 1st 10 mL
Vaping liquids$1/2mL$1/10mL

It is important to note that the vaping duty is calculated on the quantity of vaping liquid contained in each individual pod, not on the total volume contained in the package.

Example:

  1. A package containing 4 pods, with each pod containing 1.5 mL of vaping liquid, attracts $4 of vaping duty ($1 per 1.5 mL pod).
  2. A 30 mL bottle of vaping liquid attracts $7 of vaping duty ($5 for the first 10 mL plus $2 for the next 20 mL).

Our Position

Imperial Tobacco Canada supports fact-based regulations that balance the need to give adult smokers access to viable and less-harmful alternatives to cigarettes while ensuring that vaping products are kept out of the hands of youth.

The federal government has already put in place a regulatory framework for vaping products that includes limits on nicotine levels, flavour restrictions, advertising restrictions, packaging requirements and a ban on sales to minors. These laws should be strictly enforced and anyone who breaks them should be severely punished.

As seen in other countries, vaping products have the potential to play an important role in achieving the federal government's objective of reducing the smoking rate to five percent by 2035. But, in order to be successful, there needs to be appropriate regulations that allows and supports communication to adult smokers, that strictly enforces current laws and regulations, that makes products viable to adult smokers that wish to switch from cigarettes, and that implements consistent product standards. A patchwork of excessive provincial regulations will not allow these products to achieve their intended harm-reduction objective.