Sleeman Success Story: Ontario Supporting Over 425 Jobs in Guelph

Province Partners with Leading Brewery to Boost Competitiveness of Local Economy

Ontario is partnering with Sleeman Breweries Ltd. to help the company create 15 new jobs and retain 412 existing positions in Guelph.

Jeff Leal, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and Minister Responsible for Small Business, and Liz Sandals, MPP for Guelph, made the announcement today at Sleeman Breweries in Guelph.

Sleeman Breweries Ltd. is Canada’s third largest brewing operation and is one of Ontario’s original craft brewers. More than twenty different brands are brewed year-round in Guelph, including the Sleeman brand family of premium lagers and ales.

With support from the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund, the company is investing in expanding its packaging capabilities and is investing in equipment upgrades and new beer tanks. This investment will enable the company to brew and package beer that’s currently produced by a contractor in the U.S. It will also allow the company to implement innovative can packaging technology and to produce 710ml aluminum cans of select brands for the Canadian market.

Supporting business investment in southwest Ontario is part of Ontario’s plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario is investing $422,000 from the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund, supporting an additional investment of $6,613,265 from the company. The project will create 15 new jobs, help to retain 412 existing positions and is expected to be completed by December 2020.

  • Ontario is accepting applications for the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund from qualified businesses that are growing and creating jobs. Sectors eligible for the fund include advanced manufacturing, food processing, life sciences, information and communications technology, tourism and cultural industries.

  • Since 2013, the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund has committed support of over $163 million, helping to create and retain around 41,000 jobs and leveraging over $1.92 billion in total investments.


“Our government’s strategic partnership with Sleeman Breweries is one of the ways we are helping to grow Ontario’s leading food and beverage sector. Our investments through the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund are creating good jobs here in Guelph, strengthening the economy, and helping local producers keep pace in a rapidly expanding marketplace.”

Jeff Leal | Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and Minister Responsible for Small Business

“I’m very pleased that our investments through the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund are helping to spur innovation and strengthen our regional economy. Our support for a major local employer like Sleeman Breweries will help the company to continue to expand, enhancing economic growth and creating good jobs here in Guelph.”

Liz Sandals | MPP for Guelph

“Our company’s history in Ontario dates back to 1834 and we have always been proud to offer premium quality products to our customers. This funding will support our capacity to create jobs as well as drive exports and innovation on our brands to ensure continued growth and a vibrant, sustainable future for years to come.”

John Sleeman | Founder and Chairman, Sleeman Breweries Ltd.

“Guelph has always been proud to be home to Sleeman Breweries. This production expansion, supported with a provincial investment, is another chapter in Sleeman’s remarkable success story. I welcome the local jobs and investment this expansion will bring to our city, and I thank the province for supporting the continued growth of a company that is not only a major local employer, but a leading corporate citizen as well.”

Cam Guthrie | Mayor, City of Guelph

Government of Ontario Newsroom 2018, Ontario Supporting Over 425 Jobs in Guelph, Ontario, accessed 6 March 2018 <>


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