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Federal support pouring in for wine sector

Today, MP Neil Ellis announced $101 million from the government of Canada’s 2021 budget that is to support the wine industry in the Bay of Quinte, and across Canada.

Ellis says the funds invested over 2022-23 will support wineries to adapt to ongoing and emerging challenges, in line with Canada’s trade obligations.

Winemakers were concerned about a fifty cent per bottle excise tax starting next year. They had been exempt from paying that tax to the federal government since 2006.

“The Prince Edward County Winegrowers Association welcomes the news of funding for an excise exemption replacement program in the 2021 federal budget,” said Caroline Grander, chairperson. “Coupled with the challenges of the past year, our local winery members were very concerned about the prospect of losing our excise duty exemption without the commitment of a new program. We extend our thanks and immense gratitude to MP Neil Ellis for his support and hard work on this file. We look forward to working with him on the detailed development of the program this summer.”

Ellis, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, noted that over the last 15 years, the growth of the Canadian wine sector has been a success story of Canada’s agri-food sector.

“The impact and influence of the wine industry on the Bay of Quinte is an integral part of our region’s success, providing many opportunities in agriculture, tourism, and hospitality,” said Ellis. “Our government understands our responsibility to support these businesses and will continue to work in partnership with industry to support our jobs and domestic market.”

Brad Smith, of Redtail Vineyards, is pleased the government has recognized the wine sector.

“We look forward to more information on the investment and its support for the industry as it becomes available.”

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