Wine Sector Support Program: Step 2. Who is eligible

Step 2. Who is eligible

Eligible applicants are for-profit organizations, including businesses and/or corporations, partnerships, sole-proprietorships, and co-operatives that:

  • hold a wine license issued by the Canada Revenue Agency under section 14 of the Excise Act, 2001, valid at the time of applying to the program and up to March 31 of the fiscal year in which a grant payment may be issued
  • are a for-profit licensed winery that produces wine in Canada for commercial sale
  • produce wine, fermented in Canada, using domestic and/or imported primary agricultural products in the 2021-2022 and/or 2022-2023 fiscal years
  • grow, produce or own the primary agricultural products used to produce the wine
  • generate a minimum of $50,000 in total sales of all wine they packaged in Canada in the previous fiscal year to which they apply to the program

Note: Applicants must be a legal entity capable of entering into legally binding agreements.

What products are eligible

Wine includes:

  • grape wine
  • other fruit wine
  • sake
  • other primary agricultural product-based wines

Primary agricultural products include products such as:

  • grapes
  • berries
  • other fruit
  • dandelions
  • rice
  • sap

To produce wine means to bring it into existence by fermentation. The person who initiates the fermentation process will be the producer of the wine. Under the Program, wine is produced when it has completed initial fermentation.

The production of wine may be contracted out to another wine licensee, as long as all other eligibility criteria are met.

Only the portion of wine that is produced and originates from domestic and/or imported primary agricultural products will be considered in grant payment calculations, including for International Domestic Blend (IDB) wine.

What products are not eligible

Ineligible wine includes:

  • cider
  • mead
  • wine that originates from processed inputs, such as
    • juice
    • concentrate
    • syrup
    • must (that is, juice that contains skins, seeds and stems).

Packaged wine that was produced before April 1, 2021 is not eligible for support under the program.

If your wine product(s) has an excise duty exemption available beyond June 30, 2022, the wine product is not eligible for support through this program.