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Ontario Microbreweries Thriving

McGuinty Government Celebrates Success of Craft Brewing Industry

Ontario's craft brewing industry continues to grow, driving economic growth and creating good jobs while making top-quality beer produced right here in Ontario.

  • The number of craft breweries in Ontario has increased to 47 from 31 in 2005.

  • Sales of Ontario craft beer reached approximately $190 million in 2010, representing a five per cent share of the Ontario beer market.

  • In 2011, Ontario's craft beers led LCBO sales in all categories, including wine and spirits -- with nearly 45 per cent sales growth.

  • Ontario's craft breweries won 19 awards at the 2012 Canadian Brewing Awards.
Providing the right climate to attract investment and build business is part of the McGuinty government's plan to create jobs and strengthen the economy. A strong economy protects the services that mean most to families - health care and education.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario's Microbrewery Strategy and the Tax Plan for Jobs and Growth have helped keep the industry strong and vibrant.
  • The 18th Toronto Festival of Beer runs from July 27 to July 29 at Bandshell Park located at Exhibition Place.
  • Ontario's employment increased by 20,200 in June 2012.
  • As a result of the tax changes implemented in Ontario, taxes on business investment were cut in half, making Ontario more competitive and encouraging new business investments.

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“We're very proud of our craft brewers and the high-quality products Ontarians enjoy all year round. They make an important contribution to our local economies by supporting Ontario-made products and creating jobs.”

Brad Duguid

Minister of Economic Development and Innovation

“The Ontario government's contribution to the growth of the microbrewery industry is undeniable. Ontario's Microbrewery Strategy supports our industry's marketing, training and tourism development and consumers' growing appreciation for our products are paying off.”

Gary McMullen

President of Lakes of Muskoka Cottage Brewery Inc. and Chairman, Ontario Craft Brewers

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