Toronto, Ontario – Ontario Craft Brewers, the association of small, independent craft brewers in Ontario is applauding the provincial government’s continued support of the craft beer industry with over $562,000 in funding to nine breweries, including OCB members, through the Growing Forward 2 program. This funding will help local craft brewers continue investing in their breweries to create more good-paying, local jobs, further improve productivity, and build stronger communities.
“The OCB applauds the government for its long track record supporting the growth of the local craft beer industry in Ontario,” said Garnet Pratt Siddall, chair of the OCB and president and CEO, Side Launch Brewing Company. “Our local craft beer is some of the best in the world, made by people with passion and a commitment to beer and to their communities. This $562,000 in funding through the Growing Forward 2 program is the next step in helping some of our brewers continue creating jobs, investing in their businesses, and supporting their communities.”
Pratt Siddall noted that OCB membership has grown to 80+ breweries across the entire province over the past 14 years. Today, craft breweries directly employ over 1,500 Ontarians with good, local jobs in breweries in over 110 communities – along with thousands of additional indirect jobs in manufacturing, packaging, construction and the agricultural sector – thanks in part to the commitment Premier Wynne and her government has made to our industry.
The funding received by craft brewers across the province through the Growing Forward 2 program will be used to increase productivity through new packaging processes, equipment to increase batch size, new canning and bottling machines, and processing equipment to help craft breweries increase production, enhance productivity, and scale up to meet Ontarian’s increasing demand for OCBs outstanding beer selection.
“We are pleased and commend the government for recognizing that these types of investments are necessary for the continued growth of the craft beer industry in Ontario,” concluded Pratt Siddall. “We are well on our way to making Ontario a centre of excellence for craft brewing in North America and this funding helps ensure the craft beer industry in Ontario can continue creating jobs, generating economic development, and building stronger communities across this province.”