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Expanding Local Craft Beer Production

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Expanding Local Craft Beer Production

Ontario Creating Jobs, Supporting Innovative Local Food Projects

Ministry of Rural Affairs

Ontario is helping a craft beer producer in Hanover expand to increase the variety of Ontario craft beer and create eight local jobs.

The province is providing $472,780 through the Local Food Fund to help MacLean's Ales build a new state-of-the-art brewing facility to increase production and grow the customer base for its products, which are made with local hops, malt and barley. The new facility has the potential to increase production ten-fold over five years.

The Local Food Fund and new Local Food Act are part of the Ontario government's broader local food strategy to promote the good things that are grown, harvested and processed across the province.

Supporting the province's agri-food industry is part of the government's economic plan that is creating jobs for today and tomorrow. The comprehensive plan and its six priorities focus on Ontario's greatest strengths -- its people and strategic partnerships. 

Quick Facts

  • Ontario’s agri-food sector contributes about $34 billion to the province’s economy and supports more than 740,000 jobs.
  • Ontario food processors purchase about two–thirds of the food produced on the province’s farms.
  • The province’s investments in the Greenbelt Fund are connecting more farmers to new markets and putting more Ontario food in daycares, schools, universities, colleges, and restaurants, creating a projected return of more than $50 million — or a six to one return on investment for every dollar spent.

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“MacLean’s Ales already sources ingredients from local producers, so it’s great to see them increase capacity and demand for Ontario craft beer by building a new, state-of-the-art facility. When we support the good things that are grown in Ontario, we create jobs, strengthen rural communities and grow our economy.”

Jeff Leal

Minister of Rural Affairs

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