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Governments Invest in Nova Scotia Wine Lab

March 29, 2016 – Wolfville, Nova Scotia - Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Treasury Board President, Scott Brison on behalf of Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, and Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil today announced an investment of $487,960 over two years to establish a new wine analysis lab at Acadia University.

As the Nova Scotia wine industry continues to mature, and with continued growth in export markets, there is an increasing demand from the alcohol beverage industry for chemical and sensory analysis services in Atlantic Canada. Atlantic wineries currently obtain these services from labs located Ontario, Quebec and California, adding both time and cost to their production.  This new lab, located in the heart of Nova Scotia’s grape growing region, will help the wine grape industry enhance their competitiveness and capture new markets.

Quick facts

  • There are 20 wineries in Nova Scotia and the industry accounts for $7.3 million in wages annually. Wineries are important to tourism with 100,000 visitors to winery properties in 2014. Nova Scotia's wineries produce about 1.8 million litres of wine annually and had sales of $15.4 million in 2014.
  • This investment is made under the province’s Building Industry Capacity Program, as part of Growing Forward 2 - a five-year framework agreement for agriculture cost-shared 60-40 between the federal and provincial governments.


"Canada is an emerging player in the global wine market and is already recognized as a world leader in the production of icewines. This investment will support the wine industry in Atlantic Canada, leading to future growth."

- Treasury Board President, Scott Brison

"Nova Scotia's wine industry has potential for tremendous growth that will lead to more jobs and more exports and our goal is to assist it where we can. It's important to have quality lab services, especially as we look to the future of export."

- Nova Scotia Premier, Stephen McNeil

"Having access to lab facilities here in Nova Scotia has been identified as a priority by the Nova Scotia Wine Development Board. They know this will help to build knowledge and expertise right here that can help the industry grow."

- Nova Scotia Agriculture Minister Keith Colwell

"This new lab will allow us to contribute even more to the award-winning wine and agri-food industries in our region,” said Mr. Ivany. “We are pleased to have this new capacity at Acadia for the benefit of our industry partners and our faculty and students performing research in this field."

- Ray Ivany, President, Acadia University

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