As the Canadian wine industry grows and matures, its economic impact will continue to deliver significant value added economic benefits in our wine producing regions and across Canada.

  • Roughly 500 grape-based wineries in operation with almost 1,700 grape growers/vineyards across Canada, producing quality fruit on approximately 27,500 acres of vineyards
  • Grape wine production in 6 provinces: British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island
  • The Canadian wine industry directly employed 3,850 people in 2011, plus an additional 14,400 were indirectly employed by the wine industry. Canadian winery employment more than doubled since 2000. Between 2000-2011,annual industry employment grew at an annual rate of 10%, compared to a decrease of almost 2% per year for the Canadian manufacturing sector as a whole. (Statistics Canada)
  • Roughly 94% of Canadian wineries producing VQA/100% Canadian wine products are considered small enterprises with a capacity of less than 500,000 litres. Another 5% are medium-sized producers (500,000 litres – 1 million litres) and the remaining 1% of domestic wineries are large producers with production exceeding 1 million litres per year
  • Exports of Canadian wine reached a high of 26.2 million litres in 2012, valued at $41.2 million
  • Per capita wine consumption in Canada (2011) was valued at $215.10 (16.5 litres), compared to $320 (80.3 litres) for beer and $177.40 (7.4 litres) for spirits (Statistics Canada)