Ontario Craft Cider Association Applauds Bill 110

Growing Ontario’s Craft Cider Industry Act will help a home grown industry grow, thrive and expand.

Queen’s Park, Toronto – November 6, 2015 –  The Ontario Craft Cider Association (OCCA) applauds the passage of Bill 110 Growing Ontario’s Craft Cider Industry Act, The Bill, co-sponsored by Conservative MPP Sylvia Jones and Liberal MPP Arthur Potts, received second reading in the Ontario Legislature yesterday afternoon.  Once fully implemented, Bill 110 will provide a level playing field for Craft Cider comparable to Ontario’s Craft Brewers.

Thomas Wilson, Chair of the Ontario Craft Cider Association expressed his gratitude to the sponsors of the Bill.  “I want to personally thank MPP Sylvia Jones and MPP Arthur Potts for all the work they have put into championing this industry.  This Bill will launch a new chapter in the successful Ontario craft beverages industry creating jobs and economic growth, particularly in rural Ontario.”

Bill 110 will ensure that the tax or mark-up imposed on Ontario Craft Cider does not exceed the mark-up or tax imposed on craft beer in Ontario, ensuring the industry receives the same incentives enjoyed by craft beer producers.  With a level field, the potential for expansion of this homegrown industry is immense.  Increased sales will contribute to Ontario’s rural economic growth, create new jobs and strengthen communities throughout the province.

Particularly impressive is the cross partisan support for Bill 110.  “Bill 110 has brought together MPPs of all stripes in agreement that Ontario Craft Cider has the potential to be a major part of the economy of this province,” stated Wilson, OCCA Chair.

Ontario Craft Cider producers use 100% Ontario grown apples and pears and are recognized globally, winning awards in some of the biggest competitions in the world.  “Ontario farmers have a long and proud history of producing the best apples and cider in North America.  This Bill is an excellent first step towards promoting rural and agricultural economies in Ontario, generating employment and business growth throughout the countryside”  Thomas Wilson concluded.

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