Posted April 13, 2018
Northern Ontario Heritage Fund invests $5.2 million+ in 16 breweries
Ontario – The Ministry of Northern Development and Mines and Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) today outlined its support for 16 northern Ontario breweries through more than $5.2 million over the last few years.
Funding was allocated as outlined below:
- Lake Of The Woods Brewing Co. in Kenora received $866,921 to establish its microbrewery.
- Sleeping Giant Brewing Co. in Thunder Bay received $81,895 to establish its microbrewery and $800,000 to relocate into a larger facility.
- Dawson Trail Craft Brewery in Thunder Bay received $51,228 to establish its microbrewery.
- Slate Islands Brewing Co. in Terrace Bay is receiving $156,150 to establish its microbrewery.
- Northern Superior Brewing Co. in Sault Ste. Marie is receiving $196,816 to purchase new equipment to expand its operations.
- Outspoken Brewing in Sault Ste. Marie received $48,210 to establish its microbrewery and $70,814 to purchase new equipment to expand its operations.
- Manitoulin Brewing Co. in Little Current received $200,000 to establish its microbrewery.
- Split Rail Brewing Co. in Gore Bay received $197,642 to establish its microbrewery.
- Full Beard Brewing Co. in Timmins received $200,000 to establish its microbrewery.
- Compass Brewing in Timmins is receiving $158,325 to establish its microbrewery.
- Stack Brewing in Sudbury received $125,000 to establish its microbrewery.
- Space Craft Brewery in Sudbury is receiving $200,000 to establish its microbrewery.
- The Village of South River received $999,963 to construct a new multi-unit municipal building to accommodate local businesses, and the relocation and expansion of Highlander Brew Co.
- Highlander Brew Co. in South River is receiving $375,000 to relocate into a larger facility.
- The Buffalo Farm in Mattawa is receiving $186,000 to establish a year-round tourist destination offering interactive farm tours, unique accommodations and a microbrewery.
- New Ontario Brewing Co. in North Bay received $104,115 to establish its microbrewery.
- Trestle Brewing Co. in Parry Sound is receiving $200,000 to establish its microbrewery.
This has resulted in more than $8.4 million in direct economic activity and created 109 jobs.
“By investing in emerging sectors, such as the craft beer industry, our government is helping industry create new opportunities for people in Northern Ontario. These investments demonstrate our government’s continued commitment to building up the North and supporting a dynamic and innovative business climate,” said Michael Gravelle, Minister of Northern Development and Mines, MPP Thunder Bay-Superior North and Chair of the NOHFC.
Matt Pearson of Sleeping Giant Brewing Co, noted, “Without the support of the NOHFC, Sleeping Giant Brewing would not be where we are today. We have increased our capacity, our staff, our distribution, and our impact because of the financial support provided. Being able to maintain our rate of growth and job creation is directly a result of strategic partnerships like this. The recognition by the NOHFC that craft brewing has a tremendous positive impact in each community has made the growth of our industry in Northern Ontario much better, and each community is better for it.”
“Highlander Brew Co. wouldn’t be where it is today without the support of the government and the leadership of Premier Kathleen Wynne, Minister Gravelle and the NOHFC. The province’s investments have allowed us to expand our business and give back to the South River community that we call home. This government has championed the Craft Brewery industry for years and the NOHFC’s partnerships with companies like ours demonstrate their commitment to ensuring Northern Ontario benefits from the opportunities in our growing sector.” said Dwayne Wanner, President, Highlander Brew Co.