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Starting a craft brewery in Ontario – Publication 857

Welcome to Starting a Craft Brewery in Ontario; one of many resources that the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) offers individuals and businesses starting or growing a food and beverage company.

Craft beer is a thriving industry in Ontario; as of 2015 the industry employed well over 1,500 people in direct brewery jobs and over 6,000 in indirect jobs (using a multiplier of four),

In 2014-15, Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) sales of Ontario craft beer grew to over $69 million, up nearly 35 per cent annually in 2015-16.

Craft beer continues to be the fastest-growing segment within the LCBO’s beer category, growing at anywhere from 20 to 30% per year.

Whether you are new to the craft brewery industry and starting a business, or are considering expanding your existing operation, you will find information to help you.

Good luck as you build and grow your brewery.

Whatever your growth, investment or export goals, OMAFRA’s Business Development Branch has the knowledge, connections and resources to help you succeed.

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