Government of Canada invests in microbrewery, cidery and winery tourism in Central Ontario
“Central Ontario is a beautiful and bountiful part of our country, and it’s no surprise that visitors are drawn by all that it has to offer, including incredible craft beer, cider and wine. With our tourism industry feeling the impact of COVID-19, this important investment from FedDev Ontario will help three local businesses not just survive, but thrive. Our message is clear: we’ve been here for you with significant measures, we’re here for you now as our economy reopens and we’ll get through this, together. We’re working with you to support good, local jobs and help Central Ontario’s economy come back strong.”
-The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages, and Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario
“Tourism businesses, including artisanal cider, craft beer and wine producers, contribute to the richness of the southern Ontario landscape. The investments made today through the Canadian Experiences Fund will have a positive impact not only on the businesses themselves, but on the local economies that depend on their unique contributions.”
- Kate Young, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages (FedDev Ontario)
“The Canadian Experiences Fund contribution through FedDev Ontario has transformed Kings Mill Cider from a small, rural cider producer to an agricultural tourist attraction. The new features of a covered patio, additional parking, pizza oven, yurts and better signage have helped to make this Hastings County location a must-visit destination.”
- Kees Morsink, Kings Mill Cider
“We at MacKinnon Brothers Brewing are very excited for the opportunity to build a permanent stage at the brewery, allowing us to continue to focus on local music and theatre. We are grateful to FedDev Ontario and the Canadian Experiences Fund for this contribution and look forward to many great shows in the future."
- Ivan MacKinnon, MacKinnon Brothers Brewing
"The Potter Settlement team is grateful to FedDev Ontario and the Canadian Experiences Fund for this vital contribution to help us improve our facility to enable us to draw precious tourism, increase employment and boost the economy of our community and region. As the only winery in Hastings County and Canada's accredited pioneer of international award-winning organic, disease-resistant and cold-resistant grapes, these funds are helping to ensure our viability as a farm, tourist destination and an economic focal point in Eastern Ontario for generations to come."
- Sandor Johnson, Potter Settlement Wines
Kings Mill Cider is a family-run craft cider producer nestled in the beautiful rolling hills of Stirling, Ontario. Kings Mill Cider has two full-time employees and four part-time employees. The company uses local product and hires local personnel whenever possible.
MacKinnon Brothers Brewing Co. is located on a bicentennial family farm, just outside of Kingston, Ontario. With over 200 years of farming heritage, MacKinnon Brothers uses the hops, wheat, and barley grown on their farm to brew beer. Brewing began in 2014 and they currently employ eight full-time staff in addition to the four owners.
Potter Settlement Artisan Winery is located north of Tweed and combines a marriage of rustic, old-world charm with up-to-date winemaking techniques. Potter Settlement Artisan Winery has 12 part-time employees and their experimental vineyards has garnered them the Ontario Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation for pioneering grapes for Canada as recognized by The Grape Growers of Ontario.
In Ontario, tourism accounts for $39.4 billion of GDP and directly and indirectly supports more than 820,000 jobs.
The Canadian Experiences Fund, delivered by regional development agencies across the country, is a two-year $58.5-million national program to support communities across Canada to create, improve or enhance tourism products, facilities and experiences. FedDev Ontario was allocated more than $11 million to deliver this Fund in southern Ontario.
On May 31, the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages, announced that the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO) will receive $30 million in FedDev Ontario RRRF funding to provide financial relief to destination marketing organizations (DMOs) across southern Ontario.
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