Posted January 17, 2017

More than $500,000 in 2017 funding for Ontario brewers

Vankleek Hill – Ontario’s Growing Forward 2 project has promised $11.7 million to 223 food and beverage businesses across the province in 2017 to support expansion, eight of which are small Ontario breweries.

The announcement was made this week by Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Jeff Leal made the announcement on Monday January 16, 2017 at Beau’s All Natural Brewing Co. 

The program helps to achieve the federal government’s goal to create good jobs in food processing and help food processors develop products that reflect changing market tastes and new opportunities.

Recipientst included Beau’s, Bellwoods, Hockley Valley, Haliburton Highlands, Oast House, Toboggan Brewing, StoneHammer, and Wellington.


Recipient Project Description Funding Amount
Hockley Valley Brewing Co. The company will purchase and install new equipment to help improve efficiency, capacity, reduce costs and support growth targets domestically and globally. $18,714.31
Niagara Oast House Brewers The company will purchase and install a semi-automated canning system to help improve operational efficiency and product quality, respond to increase in market demand and increase in sales in the export market. $26,602.10
Toboggan Brewing Co. The company will purchase and install an automated canning system to help improve efficiency and productivity, and meet demands for packaged beers in domestic and the export markets. $44,179.76
Beau’s All Natural Brewing Co. The company will implement an automated bottling line to help increase labour productivity and improve operational efficiency. $98,105.00
Bellwoods Brewery The company will purchase and install a bottle filler to help improve overall production efficiency while enabling ongoing development of new beer products and processes, and reduce both maintenance and production costs. $75,000.00
Haliburton Highlands Brewing The company will purchase and install upgraded brewing equipment to help increase productivity, batch size and operational efficiency. $100,000.00
Wellington Brewery The project is to install a new automated canning line in the new facility. $100,000.00
StoneHammer Brewing The company will purchase and install new processing equipment to help increase labour productivity. $100,000.00
 Total:  $562,601.17


No cider or spirits producers were included in this round of Growing Forwards 2 funding.

$214,938.76 in funding was provided to macrobrewers Sleeman Breweries and Labatt Brewing Co.

See Related: Ontario brewery funding statistics: 2016


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