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  • September 02, 2016

Provincial and Federal Governments Brewing Support for Craft Beer in Guelph

The Ontario government and the Government of Canada invested over $183,000 in Wellington County Brewery Inc. to help the company expand operations and to continue to grow the province’s craft beer industry.

Wellington County Brewery Inc. has received $183,514 to:  

  • Install a new automated canning line in the new facility and
  • Invest in strategic processing equipment to increase automation and improve labour productivity and efficiency with an aim of increasing output for meeting consumer demand

The investment in Wellington County Brewery Inc. is part of a $1.6 million investment through Growing Forward 2 that includes 42 projects at 20 craft breweries. 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 encourage 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.


“Craft brewers like Wellington County Brewery are gaining a growing share of Ontario beer sales. Our government is pleased to support this growth with initiatives that support increased access to retail locations for craft brewers and funding programs like Growing Forward 2.”
— Liz Sandals, MPP for Guelph

“Guelph has a long standing tradition of converting our excellent well water into craft beer. The people at Wellington work not only on their excellent product but also share talent and space with other local brewers. Wellington has also been a wonderful local sponsor of Guelph events and associations, showing their family approach and commitment to our community and their industry with everything they do.”
— Lloyd Longfield, MP for Guelph

“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.”
— Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

“Ontario’s craft beer industry is rapidly growing, exposing consumers to the premium quality and culture of beer made with locally-sourced ingredients. By supporting our small brewers to grow, we are supporting local communities and Ontario’s economy while building on the industry’s booming success.”
— Jeff Leal, Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs 


  • 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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