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  • June 24, 2016

Provincial and Federal Governments Brewing Support for Cameron’s Brewing in Oakville

Building the Province's Craft Brewing Industry

Building on the celebrations of Ontario’s Craft Beer Week, the Ontario government and the Government of Canada are investing $150,960 in an Oakville brewery to help them expand operations and to continue to grow the province’s craft beer industry. 

Cameron’s Brewing has received funding under the Growing Forward 2 initiative to:  

  • purchase and implement a new canning line to package beer in cans in-house.
  • The project also includes marketing and promotional material. 

The investment into Cameron’s Brewing is part of a $1.6 million investment through Growing Forward 2 into 42 projects at 20 craft breweries. This funding is delivered jointly by the federal and provincial governments through Growing Forward 2, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative that supports programs aimed at improving innovation, competitiveness, market development, adaptability and industry sustainability in Canada's agri-food and agri-products sectors. 

These investments help achieve the federal government’s goal to support the agricultural and agri-food sector in a way that allows it to be a leader in job creation and innovation. 

Providing more opportunities for small brewers is part of the Ontario government's economic plan to deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes investing in talent and skills, including helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education. Through this plan, the government is making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history and investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The plan is also helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement. 


“Craft beer is a growing and thriving industry in Ontario and Cameron’s Brewing Company is a great local success story, providing great-tasting beer and great jobs right here in Oakville. Thanks to this funding provided jointly by the federal and provincial governments, Cameron’s Brewing can continue to keep building their brand and help grow our economy.”— Kevin Flynn, MPP for Oakville 

The development of local craft breweries is a true success story for Ontario. I’m delighted to join with Kevin Flynn to announce support here in Oakville for our local Cameron’s Brewing Company.  This key investment, a partnership between the Federal and Provincial governments, will help build on new market opportunities in the development of their business.— John Oliver, MP for Oakville

“A hearty thank you to the GF2 initiative. The grant funding helped us invest in the canning line for tall boy cans (473ml) which are very popular amongst craft beer drinkers. As a result of our new canning initiative and re-rebranding efforts our sales have tripled at the LCBO.”— Bill Coleman, President, Cameron’s Brewing Company 

“Ontario’s craft beer industry is a great success story for this province. Craft brewers continue to build on new market opportunities in the production and sale of a range of premium quality beers. As Ontarians enjoy the activities of this year’s Craft Beer week, we are very excited to announce our support for Ontario’s brewers by making key investments in the development of their businesses.”— Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 “Ontario’s craft beer industry is rapidly growing, exposing consumers to the premium quality and culture of beer made with locally-sourced ingredients. By supporting our small brewers to grow, we are supporting local communities and Ontario’s economy while building on the industry’s booming success. To recognize craft beer as the good things grown in Ontario, from June 10 – 19, we are celebrating Ontario Craft Beer Week. I invite Ontarians to participate in the multiple festivals and events organized across the province and connect with the passionate people making the beer.”— Jeff Leal, Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs  


  • Craft beer is a rapidly expanding industry in Ontario, employing more than 1,500 people in direct brewery jobs, and generating more than $69 million in sales last year at the LCBO.
  • New opportunities for the sale of beer are being created in groceries stores across Ontario.
  • Currently, there are approximately 140 craft breweries currently operating across Ontario, approximately 70 of which sell product via the LCBO network.
  • This sector has seen significant year-over-year increases in revenues— up nearly 35 per cent annually in 2015-2016.
  • Since 2013, the governments of Canada and Ontario have committed more than $38 million to more than 750 projects for food, beverage and processor businesses through Growing Forward 2 cost-shared funding assistance. 



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