1864: The Dunkin Act, or the Canada Temperance Act (1864), is passed, allowing any counties or municipalities to prohibit the retail sale of alcohol if supported by a majority vote.
1874: The Women’s Christian Temperance Union is formed.
1875: Hundreds of religious groups and societies across
from the Dominion Prohibitory Council in Montréal (later renamed the Dominion Alliance for the Total Suppression of Liquor Traffic). Canada
1878: The Scott Act, or the Canada Temperance Act (1878), is passed, extending the first Canada Temperance Act Nationwide.
1898:, Laurier did not enact any prohibition laws.
’s first attempt at federal prohibition; Sir Wilfred Laurier’s government held a federal referendum on the subject of national prohibition. For the entire country there was a slim majority of 51%, but due to large regional disparities, including 71% against in Canada Quebec
becomes the first province to enact prohibition (they had voted only 20% against in the 1898 referendum). PEI
1915-1917: Each province (except
Quebec, including ) enacts prohibition under the War Measures Act (1914), which limited the freedom of Canadians. Prohibition in each province had different terms, for example in Yukon Ontario, under the Ontario Temperance Act (1916) brewing or distilling of liquor was not forbidden, they were allowed to export it out of province, but not sell it in Ontario (as the provincial government has do jurisdiction of liquor outside the ). province of Ontario
1918: The Canadian government bans interprovincial trade of liquor, as under the previous separate provincial system, the government of each province could not legislate out of their province.
holds a referendum on prohibition, but keeps it because of a plebiscite vote. Ontario
enters their strict, over a decade long experiment with prohibition under the Volstead Act U.S.
Quebec and BC switch their prohibition systems ( have prohibited only spirits, and BC prohibited all liquor) to government controlled liquor systems, on which is the basis of the systems that exist today. Quebec
ends its Noble Experiment, switching to government controlled system. Manitoba
Alberta and follow suit, with them too switching to a system of provincial control. Saskatchewan
is the last southern province to end prohibition, as they switch to the provincial control system, inaugurating the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (otherwise known as the LCBO). Ontario
1933: American prohibition ends.
ends their nearly half a century of prohibition. PEI