Ontario is helping a leading Niagara winery expand production and
support local farmers.
A strong agri-food industry is part of the McGuinty government's
plan to create jobs and opportunities that will grow the province's
"Our government's investment in this project is growing
the market for Ontario's winemakers and grape growers. By giving
Stonechurch Winery the tools it needs to bring more high-quality,
locally-produced wine to the table, we're strengthening our agri-food
sector, supporting local farmers and creating jobs."
Mitchell, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
"This investment is great news for the Niagara region because
it's helping us expand the market for our local grape growers,
create jobs for our families and stimulate economic development
and tourism. The Niagara Region has a world-class reputation for
innovation and success in winemaking. This project reconfirms
- Kim Craitor, MPP for Niagara Falls
"The province's investment will increase Stonechurch's ability
to invest in the innovative "lean manufacturing" methods
developed in the auto sector. Through the introduction of "lean"
in vinification and grape growing methods, we will improve productivity,
quality, and product safety. Improvements in the manufacturing
process will also enable Stonechurch to comply with future food
traceability requirements seamlessly as well as substantially
increase line speeds, ultimately contributing to lower production
- Hank Hunse, CEO, Stonechuch Winery
- Ontario has invested over $167 million in 418 projects through
the Rural Economic Development Program and generated more than
$1.2 billion in new economic activity.
- The agri-food industry contributes more than $33 billion to
the Ontario economy and employs about 700,000 people.