Industry Facts

Industry Overview

  • Ontario is the country’s leading grape producer, accounting for about 85% of all Canadian production.
  • The Niagara Peninsula accounts for over 93% of Ontario's grape-growing volume.
  • Grapes are the highest-ranked Ontario agricultural commodity, and represent 35% of the farm value of Ontario commercial fruit.
  • The total farm gate value of Ontario grapes exceeded $62.3 million in 2014.
  • In 2017, there are 17,000 acres of vineyards in Ontario.
  • In 2017, winemaking was the dominant use for Ontario grapes. 97% of production was used for wine products and 3% for juice, jams and other grape products.

Economic Impact

  • The wine industry generates $734 million in retail sales in Ontario (Fiscal 2014-15);
  • The grape and wine sector generates more than 14,000 jobs in Ontario;
  • $602 million in tax revenue and mark ups;
  • $3.3 billion total economic impact in Ontario;
  • The industry contributes $10,000 to the economy for every tonne of grapes grown and sold, compared to $700 for every tonne of oil produced from the oilsands;
  • As a tourism destination, Niagara attracts nearly 20 million visitors annually;  1.9 million people visit the province’s wineries each year.
  • Grape production enhances the environmental beauty of the province and preserves our rich agricultural heritage. This is priceless.