Grape Growers of Ontario (GGO) Recognizes New Federal Measures to Protect Canada’s Grape and Wine Sector.


Release Date: Wednesday, June 29, 2022
Wine Sector Support Program is a Hopeful Step Towards Future of Domestic Industry; More Work to be Done


Today, the Grape Growers of Ontario released the following statement:

“With today’s announcement of the Wine Sector Support Program, we are hopeful it will help secure the future of the domestic industry, but there is more work to be done. This is especially the case in Ontario where there are unique domestic and imported blending regulations that we foresee will impact the spirit of this program. For the last two years, we have supported efforts to find an effective solution that respects Canada’s global trade obligations without tipping the competitive balance in our sector. As Canadian growers we face a range of serious ongoing challenges, we will continue to advocate for local farm families to help sustain and grow the domestic industry. In the meantime, our members are grateful to the many Parliamentarians who have engaged with us on this issue, and who have worked alongside us to stand up for the future of our sector.” -- Matthias Oppenlaender, Chair, Grape Growers of Ontario,



Introduced in 2006, the current excise duty exemption on wine made of 100 per cent Canadian-grown fruit has been a significant contributor in growing Canada’s domestic wine industry. It’s led to an annual contribution of about $9 billion in jobs, tourism, taxes and business income.

In 2006 in Ontario, there were 86 Vintners Quality Alliance (VQA) wineries. Today there are 183 VQA wineries.

In 2007, there were 22 million litres of wine relieved of excise duty in Ontario and B.C., and by 2019, there were 95 million litres relieved (including cider) (Source CRA).

As a result of the federal government’s July 2020 agreement with Australia regarding that country’s trade challenge against Canada at the World Trade Organization, the long-standing federal excise duty exemption on wine made of 100 per cent Canadian-grown fruit will be repealed by tomorrow, June 30, 2022.
Nationally, the sector includes 700 wineries and 37,000 jobs. Roughly two thirds of the country’s sector is based in Ontario.

More information is available on the Wine Sector Support Program website at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, or by contacting the program: Email or Telephone 1-877-246-4682.


Established in 1947, the Grape Growers of Ontario is the official organization that represents over 500 actively producing grape growers of 18,000 acres of vineyards in the province’s three designated viticulture areas: Niagara Peninsula, Lake Erie North Shore and Prince Edward County, and emerging regions.

GGO supports grape growers across Ontario and plays a key role in fostering high-quality domestic wines and encouraging the growth of our Canadian industry. The sector’s growth over the last 75 years is a testament to the dedication, hard work and vision of grape growers all across Canada.+



For further information, please contact:

Debbie Zimmerman, CEO
Grape Growers of Ontario

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