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Tobacco Importers and Manufacturers' Resources - British Columbia Region Only

In regards to questions about the importation of tobacco products into Canada, the Tobacco Control Program recommends you familiarize yourself with the following:

Health Canada

Tobacco Act - the act which regulates all aspects of tobacco including the manufacture, sale, labelling and promotion. This act is the key component for Health Canada and is the basis for all the associated regulations. While there are numerous regulations you need to read about, the primary ones to look at are:

  • Tobacco Products Information Regulations (TPIR) - regarding the labelling of tobacco products for retail sale.
  • Tobacco Reporting Regulations (TRR) - regarding the reporting of tobacco products for retail sale.
  • Cigarette Ignition Propensity Regulations (CIP) - regarding the testing of cigarettes' burn rates by an accredited lab.

For the above information and more, on the Tobacco Control Program, please visit:

Next link will take you to another Web site Go Smokefree (www.gosmokefree.gc.ca)

British Columbia Ministry of Health

Tobacco Control Act - the act which regulates all aspects of retail sales of tobacco and smoke free areas in BC.

Next link will take you to another Web site British Columbia Ministry of Health

British Columbia Ministry of Finance

BC Provincial Tobacco Tax may apply.

For retail sale of tobacco products, you may require a Tobacco Retail Authorization (TRA) Certificate.

Next link will take you to another Web site British Columbia Ministry of Finance

BC Health Authorities

If you have tobacco products for retail sale, you may be subject to regulations set out by the local Health Authority. (See the Ministry of Health website for links to the individual Health Authorities)

Next link will take you to another Web site British Columbia Ministry of Health

Vancouver Island Health Authority

Phone: 250-360-1450

Vancouver Coastal Health Authority

Phone: 604-675-3800

Fraser Health Authority

Phone: 604-476-7000

Interior Health Authority

Phone: 250-862-4200

Northern Health Authority

Phone: 250-565-2649

Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA)

Duty and taxes may be applicable on your shipments of tobacco products.

When importing tobacco products into Canada, you will be required to declare the goods to CBSA.

Next link will take you to another Web site Canada Border Services Agency

Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)

Taxes may be required on tobacco products in Canada and collected by CRA (including Excise Tax & GST).

Next link will take you to another Web site Canada Revenue Agency