Wine Sector Support Program: Step 1. What this program offers

Step 1. What this program offers

Intake period: Open

The application intake period for the 2022-2023 fiscal year (April-March) is now open for grape wine and other primary agricultural product-based wine products, excluding cider and mead.

The Wine Sector Support Program (WSSP) provides short-term financial support to licensed Canadian wineries as they adapt to ongoing and emerging challenges that impact financial resilience and competitiveness of the wine industry.

The program will provide non-repayable grants to wine licensees in Canada based on their production of bulk wine fermented in Canada from domestic and/or imported primary agricultural products.

The total program budget is up to $166.2 million ($83.2 million in 2022-2023 and $83 million in 2023-2024).

The program will end on March 31, 2024.

How individual grant payments are calculated

Individual grant payments will be calculated based on the:

  • total litres of eligible wine the applicant produced in the previous year in which they apply to the program
  • determined per litre payment rate in the given year of the program

How the per litre payment rate is calculated

A payment rate will be calculated for each fiscal year by determining the total litres of eligible wine produced in the relevant production year from information provided in applications, once the application intake period for the fiscal year has closed, and the total litres of eligible wine from all applicants are determined.

The grant funding allocation for the fiscal year will then be divided by the total litres of eligible wine under the program.

How much you can receive

The maximum amount an eligible recipient can receive is $25 million in total per fiscal year.