Canada: Wine sector support program extension provides stability, says Ells

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Published Mar 2, 2024

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The Canadian federal government has extended the Wine Sector Support Program for three more years, providing $177 million in grants to Nova Scotia wine producers. The program, which offers non-repayable grants based on the production of bulk wine fermented in Canada, also includes $6.7 million for research. The Nova Scotia wine industry, contributing over $245 million annually to the economy and employing over 1,100 people, has expressed gratitude for the government's support, viewing it as a commitment to their future.
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LOWER WOLFVILLE, N.S. — Nova Scotia wine producers will continue to have access to grants as a federal program is extended for three more years. Kings-Hants MP Kody Blois announced $177 million for the extension of the Wine Sector Support Program March 1 in Lower Wolfville while also noting there was about $6.7 million available for research, some of which will be done in Kentville. Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAualy also annouced the details in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont. “It’s a major help to how we can continue to grow. It takes money to make money and it takes grapes to make wine,” said Karl Coutinho, Wine Growers of Nova Scotia board chairperson. “This allows us to do both.” Related stories Nova Scotia grape growers in long recovery from devastating damage of 2023 polar vortex Annapolis Valley, N.S., farmers spared significant damage from post-tropical storm Lee Nova Scotia’s L’Acadie Vineyards wins world wine awards gold Steve Ells, president of the Grape ...
Source: Saltwire
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