Province Helping Small Breweries Grow in Ontario

Ontario is continuing to take steps to create more opportunity for producers of craft beer by supporting the growth of small breweries in local communities across the province.  

 

Charles Sousa, Minister of Finance, was at Amsterdam Brewery in Toronto today to highlight changes to the Small Beer Manufacturers’ Tax Credit included in the 2018 Ontario Budget. If passed, changes would enable more breweries to expand their operations, create jobs and fuel economic growth. Changes are proposed to come into effect retroactively, starting March 1, 2018.

 

These changes build on previous measures the government has taken to support small breweries in Ontario, including:

  • Expanding the sale of beer to more than 350 grocery stores, with at least 20 per cent of beer shelf space reserved for small brewers’ products. Eventually beer will be available in 450 grocery stores. 
  • Allowing breweries to have a bar or restaurant at each of their licensed manufacturing sites.
  • Reducing the beer tax rate from 90 cents per litre to 40 cents for sales of microbrewery beer.
  • Removing the tax on up to 10,000 litres of beer/year for product promotion at on-site retail stores (e.g., samples or tastings).
  • Developing a new agreement to strengthen the position of small and craft brewers, including improved product placement, shelf space and other marketing practices in the Beer Store locations.

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