The governments of Canada and Ontario are committing up to $2 million for grape growers to support projects that will help grow Ontario's wine grape industry.
The new Marketing and Vineyard Improvement Programming (MVIP) will assist grape growers by providing cost-share funding for projects to help vineyards across the province adapt to ongoing and emerging growing challenges. The program will also contribute to vineyard investments that implement new technologies to supply high-quality grapes to Ontario wine producers.
With this program, Ontario’s grape growers will be able to purchase new equipment, enhance vineyard processes, access new technology and innovation as well as augment existing infrastructure.
"Canada's vineyards are a source of pride and have become an important part of our national economy and local grape growers are major contributors to the economy here in our region," said MP Chris Bittle on behalf of the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food. "These investments will help ensure our local growers have access to resources and technology they need to continue to produce high quality grapes."
WSG applauds this initiative to help grow one of the province’s premier industries and is proud to be a valuable resource and partner to Niagara’s grape growers and agri-food business.