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Provincial and Federal Governments Investing Over $1.6 Million in Craft Beer Sector

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Provincial and Federal Governments Investing Over $1.6 Million in Craft Beer Sector

Celebrate Ontario Craft Beer Week with Locally-Crafted Brew

To kick off Craft Beer Week, the Ontario government and the Government of Canada are investing over $1.6 million in the projects of 20 craft breweries across Ontario to help them expand operations and to continue to  grow the province's craft beer industry.

These projects include a range of business development activities, from major capital investments to human resource development to marketing strategy and are helping to increase the productivity, capacity and competitiveness of Ontario's craft breweries.

Ontario Craft Beer week runs from June 10-19, when hundreds of Ontario's world-class craft beers are being featured at grassroots events throughout the province. This week offers the people of Ontario a chance to celebrate this growing industry and expose them to the premium quality and culture of the province's many craft beers.

This funding is delivered jointly by the federal and provincial governments through Growing Forward 2, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative that supports programs aimed at improving innovation, competitiveness, market development, adaptability and industry sustainability in Canada's agri-food and agri-products sectors.

These investments help achieve the federal government's goal to support the agricultural and agri-food sector in a way that allows it to be a leader in job creation and innovation.

Providing more opportunities for small brewers is part of the Ontario government's economic plan to deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes investing in talent and skills, including helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education. Through this plan, the government is making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history and investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The plan is also helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement.

Quick Facts

  • Craft beer is a rapidly expanding industry in Ontario, employing more than 1,500 people in direct brewery jobs, and generating more than $69 million in sales last year at the LCBO.
  • New opportunities for the sale of beer are being created in groceries stores across Ontario.
  • Currently, there are approximately 140 craft breweries currently operating across Ontario, approximately 70 of which sell product via the LCBO network.
  • This sector has seen significant year-over-year increases in revenues - up nearly 35 per cent annually in 2015-2016.
  • Since 2013, the governments of Canada and Ontario have committed more than $38 million to more than 750 projects for food, beverage and processor businesses through Growing Forward 2 cost-shared funding assistance.

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“Ontario’s craft beer industry is a great success story for this province. Craft brewers continue to build on new market opportunities in the production and sale of a range of premium quality beers. As Ontarians enjoy the activities of this year’s Craft Beer week, we are very excited to announce our support for Ontario’s brewers by making key investments in the development of their businesses.”

Lawrence MacAulay

Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

“Ontario’s craft beer industry is rapidly expanding, exposing consumers to the premium quality and culture of beer made with locally-sourced ingredients. By supporting our small brewers, we are supporting local communities to grow Ontario’s economy while building on the industry’s booming success. To recognize craft beer, we are celebrating Ontario Craft Beer Week from June 10 to 19. I invite Ontarians to participate in the multiple festivals and events organized across the province and connect with the passionate people making Ontario craft beer.”

Jeff Leal

Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

Media Contacts

  • Christina Crowley-Arklie

    OMAFRA, The Office of the Honourable Jeff Leal


  • Bianca Jamieson

    OMAFRA, Communications Branch


  • Guy Gallant

    Director of Communications, Office of the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay




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