Provincial and federal governments investing $856,000 in Ontario’s wine industry

Press release

Celebrate Wine Week with award-winning Ontario wines

To celebrate Ontario Wine Week, the Ontario government and the Government of Canada are investing in a Prince Edward County winery as part of a larger $856,000 investment to help Ontario wineries to expand their production, grow their brand recognition and leverage new economic opportunities.

Hardie Wines Limited, also known as Norman Hardie Winery has received over $43,000 under the Growing Forward 2 initiative to:

  • Purchase a state-of-the-art wine press with specialized oak barrels from France that will store high-quality product.
  • Implement a stackable wine tank system to increase productivity and reduce operating costs.

Norman Hardie Winery is one of 20 wineries in Ontario that will benefit from this federal and provincial government support 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.

“Ontario’s wine makers consistently demonstrate their ability to develop and deliver a range of premium quality wines. As we celebrate this year’s Ontario Wine Week, we are pleased to announce our support towards the continued growth of Ontario’s wineries with the funds needed for key investments in their businesses,” said Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.

Supporting Ontario’s world-class wine and grape growers 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 provincial 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. The plan 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.

To learn more about Ontario Wine Week, please click here.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario Wine Week runs from June 12-18.
  • Ontario is the largest wine region in Canada and the province’s wine industry supports over 7,000 direct jobs.
  • Ontario is home to over 200 different wineries in Niagara, Prince Edward County, the Lake Erie north shore and other emerging regions.
  • In May, Ontario launched the 2016 Wine Country Ontario Travel Guide to help Ontarians and visitors explore the provinces diverse wine regions.
  • Since 2013, the governments of Canada and Ontario have committed more than $38 million to almost 750 projects for food, beverage and processor businesses throughGrowing Forward 2 cost-shared funding assistance.
  • Growing Forward 2 was launched in 2013 and is a five-year commitment by Canada’s federal, provincial and territorial governments to support Canada’s agri-food and agri-based products sector.

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