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Liberal Investments to Double Jobs in Wine Sector

A new Liberal government will continue to invest in our thriving wine sector, creating almost 500 more jobs over the next three years.

“We are investing to create jobs for young Nova Scotians and more opportunities for the middle class,” says Liberal leader Stephen McNeil. “These investments will create jobs and businesses in rural Nova Scotia.”

We will show our continued commitment to the wine industry by investing $8.5 million in our Wine Development Program over the next three years.

Right now, the wine sector supports about 575 direct and indirect jobs. The new provincial investment will grow that workforce past 1,000.

The Wine Development Program will:

  • expand grape growing by continuing the Vineyard Expansion and Development Program;
  • work with existing partners at local colleges and universities on research and development related to site selection, environmental factors, storage, production and quality standards;
  • identify and develop new markets outside of the province with promotional activities, product development, boutique retail and food service events and trade show participation;
  • work with industry to establish a quality standards program similar to the Vintner’s Quality Alliance program systems in British Columbia and Ontario.

“The growth of Nova Scotia’s wine industry is a real Nova Scotia success story,” McNeil said. “Government’s partnership with the sector will allow these entrepreneurs to grow their businesses for many years to come.”