Canadian Manufacturing

Ontario brewery employment triples in last decade amid craft beer growth

Growth among craft brewers more than offset declines in employment at larger beer companies

June 17, 2020  The Canadian Press

TORONTO — The Trillium Network for Advanced Manufacturing says the number of workers Ontario breweries employ has tripled in the last decade.

The advocacy organization for the province’s manufacturing sector says employment in breweries has grown more between 2010 and 2019 than any other part of the sector.

A study conducted by the organization says the number of people employed by breweries jumped to more than 5,800 at the end of the decade from 2,220 in 2010.

The study showed that growth among craft brewers more than offset declines in employment at larger beer companies.

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The study found that between 2010 and 2019, the number of Ontario breweries increased from less than 100 to more than 320.

The network says fewer than 40 of the breweries currently operating in Ontario were in business before 2010.