Feds and Province Supporting Niagara’s Local Food and Beverage Businesses

Working In Partnership to Grow Ontario’s Food and Beverage Industry

News from the Constituency Office of St. Catharines MPP Jim Bradley

Posted February 18, 2018 on Niagara At Large

St. Catharines MPP Jim Bradley

Niagara, Ontario – This February 16th, Jim Bradley, MPP for St. Catharines made the announcement at 13th Street Winery in St. Catharines, along with Chris Bittle MP for St. Catharines on behalf of Federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Lawrence MacAulay.

With support provided through Growing Forward 2, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative, the winery received $100,000 to purchase and install a hopper, tanks, insulated bins, and upgrade temperature control systems to help increase labour productivity, increasing productivity and leveraging innovation to grow their business and the local economy.

13th Street Winery is one of over 300  Ontario food processors enhancing their competitiveness, innovating through the introduction of new products and creating new jobs thanks to support through Growing Forward 2.

These investments help achieve the federal government’s goal to create good middle class jobs by helping food processors develop products that reflect changing market tastes and seize new market opportunities.                                                     

Helping grow the agri-food sector is part of Ontario’s plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.


“By investing in businesses such as 13th Street Winery, and King’s Court Winery, we are helping boost the competitiveness of Ontario’s food and beverage processing sector. For the last five years, Growing Forward 2 has been integral in strengthening Ontario’s agri-food sector and I look forward to building on its success through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership.” — Jeff Leal, Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs 

“With investments in local businesses such as 13th Street Winery, and King’s Court Estate Winery, the Provincial Government is supporting the economic growth of Niagara, while building up our province’s food and beverage processing sector. I am pleased to be here today to see first-hand the results of our investments, which are helping grow communities like St. Catharines and our province’s broader agri-food sector.” Jim Bradley, MPP for St. Catharines

Federal MP for St. Catharines, Chris Bittle

“The agriculture and agri-food industry employs 2.3 million Canadians, many whom work right here in Niagara. Today’s Growing Forward 2 investment in Niagara’s agri-food industry will well position 13th Street Winery and Kings Court Estate Winery as they innovate and create products that reflect changing market tastes. Leveraging these investments will mean more market opportunities for both wineries which will lead to job creation and a stronger agricultural sector in the Niagara region” Chris Bittle, MP for St. Catharines

“As President of 13th Street Winery and the 2017 – 18 Grape King I recognize and appreciate the Growing Forward 2 program as an effective and mutually beneficial joint strategy by the federal and provincial governments to stimulate much larger private investments into the agricultural industry and specifically within the grape and wine sector of our economy.

Participation in GF 2 has helped us upgrade our grape processing equipment and train our staff to improve and expand our production and marketing capabilities. This funding has encouraged us to further enhance wine quality, reach new markets, create new jobs, protect worker safety, continue sustainable stewardship of the land and generate significant additional tax revenues from the sale of our 100 % Ontario VQA wines which can then be utilized to benefit the broader communityDoug Whitty, President, 13th Street Winery 

“My family and I own and operate King’s Court Estate Winery. We are a seven-generation, family-owned winery that has its winemaking roots dating back to the 1700s in Germany.

Thanks to the Growing Forward 2 campaign, we were able to invest, not just into our production capacity but into expanding our winemaking team this past year.

Without this program, this investment would not have happened in the time frame it did. We are very grateful to Agricorp & to the Federal and Provincial governments for providing and continuing to provide such beneficial agricultural funding programs.” Roland Zimmermann, General Manager, King’s Court Estate Winery


  •   The provincial and federal governments are investing almost $18 million towards more than 300 projects across the province as part of this announcement.
  •   Approximately $200,000 has been invested in two projects across St. Catharines:
  • o    13th Street Winery received $100,000 to purchase and install a hopper, tanks, insulated bins, and upgrade temperature control systems to help increase labour productivity.
  • o    King’s Court Estate Winery received $100,000 to purchase and install storage tanks, conveyors; and a specialized receiving hopper to help increase automation and improve labour productivity.
  •   Growing Forward 2 was launched in 2013 and is a five-year commitment by Canada’s federal, provincial and territorial governments to support Canada’s agri-food and agri-based products sector.
  •   The provincial and federal governments have committed more than $50 million in cost-shared funding assistance to eligible food and beverage processors towards more than 950 GF2 projects.
  •   The Canadian Agricultural Partnership will follow Growing Forward 2, launching on April 1, 2018.


Growing Forward 2 in Ontario

13th Street Winery

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