Steven Del Duca, Minister of Economic Development and Growth, made the announcement at the company’s facility in Toronto.
Steam Whistle Brewery is the country’s largest independent craft brewer. The company currently produces a single brand premium pilsner in a national historic site in downtown Toronto. With support from Ontario’s Jobs and Prosperity Fund, Steam Whistle Brewery is investing in new equipment and a new facility in Etobicoke that will enable the company to expand its product line to include a new premium ale brand and a non-alcoholic offering.
Ontario’s plan to support care, create opportunity and make life more affordable during this period of rapid economic change includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25, and 65 or over, through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.
“We appreciate the government’s support of our new expansion project. This investment will not only help Steam Whistle increase production and efficiency, but enable us to build our capacity to enter new markets. The craft brewing sector in Ontario has seen tremendous growth. We want to continue to lead the sector and remain competitive through our innovative brewing techniques and our novel approaches to producing great tasting, quality products. The funding we received through the Jobs and Prosperity Fund is helping us achieve that goal” said Cam Heaps, Co-founder and CEO, Steam Whistle Brewery.
“Steam Whistle Brewery is a big part of the culture of Toronto. We are thrilled that it is continuing its presence in its historic downtown location and expanding to Etobicoke as well. With this support from Ontario’s Jobs and Prosperity Fund, Steam Whistle Brewery will continue to be a tourist destination, a vibrant events space and a beloved independent local brewery” says Han Dong, MPP for Trinity-Spadina.