While the dollar sales of spirits produced in Canada has remained consistent since 2011, the sales of imported spirits has increased by over one billion Canadian dollars during that time, with the total sales of spirits generating almost six billion Canadian dollars in fiscal year 2019. There were over 100 distilleries throughout Canada in 2019, with the majority located in Ontario. Approximately 280 million Canadian dollars of whisky was exported from Canada in 2019, exceeding whisky imports by roughly 35 million Canadian dollars that year.
Vodka was the leading type of strong alcohol among Canadian consumers in 2019, as over 20 percent of Canadians stated that it was their favorite spirit. Rum and whisky ranked second and third, respectively, within the same period. The majority of Canadian adults drink liquor quite sparingly or not at all. According to a 2019 survey, about a quarter of respondents never drink spirits, and just under 20 percent drink spirits only on special occasions.