We are pleased to have many not-for-profit organizations and associations that support and promote Ontario Craft Beer, not only here in Ontario, but also around the world. 

Brewing and Malting Barley Research Institute (BMBRI)

Brewing and Malting Barley Research Institute (BMBRI)

Canadian malting barley is known around the world for its high quality. Brewing and Malting Barley Research Institute (BMBRI) supports this leadership position by helping to ensure new Canadian malting barley varieties are better for growers and meet the premium standards of BMBRI members and their customers.

Canadian Craft Brewers Association

The Canadian Craft Brewers Association – Association des microbrasseries canadiennes (CCBA-AMBC) exists to promote and protect the interests of small and independent craft breweries across the country. Each province of Canada has a trade association dedicated to supporting its craft brewery members. Activities include educating and lobbying provincial governments, providing programs to assist members in achieving operational excellence, and promoting the sector’s products and principles to the beer-drinking public. Until now the craft brewers of Canada, made up of over 1,000 breweries and over 10,000 employees, have had no unified voice and tangible presence to represent their interests in Ottawa. The CCBA-AMBC was launched to fill that void.

Canadian Federation of Independent Business – CFIB

In business for your business. Since 1971. The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is the country’s champion of small business. With over 110,000 members, we’re Canada’s largest non-profit organization devoted to creating and supporting an environment where your business can succeed. Across Canada, we advocate for small business with politicians and decision-makers. As a non-partisan organization, we influence public policy based on our members’ views, ensuring that you have a chance to affect the laws and policies that affect your business. We provide specialized business resources, including on-call counsellors, to help you navigate the daily challenges of running your business. We also offer partnerships with carefully selected service providers to deliver savings you won’t find elsewhere. And we keep you informed on key issues, so that you can focus on managing your business.

Culinary Tourism Association

Culinary Tourism Alliance

The Culinary Tourism Alliance is a not-for-profit devoted to connecting taste-makers, sharing their stories, and sparking delicious developments in culinary tourism. By bridging the gap between the food and travel industries, the CTA is strengthening the links between the viticulture, agriculture, aquaculture sectors to the hospitality sector to promote the growth of food tourism. Their work lies in developing strong relationships between growers, chefs, processors, restaurateurs, accommodation providers, distributors, government and industry organizations. But above all, the CTA acts as the leading voice to share Ontario's culinary stories with passion and pride.

Run for farmers by farmers, Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) is the voice of Canadian dairy farmers.

Dairy Farmers of Canada

Run for farmers by farmers, Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) is the voice of Canadian dairy farmers. DFC is the national policy, lobbying and promotional organization representing Canada's farmers living on 12,746 dairy farms. DFC strives to create stable conditions for the Canadian dairy industry, today and in the future. It works to maintain policies that foster the viability of Canadian dairy farmers and promote dairy products and their health benefits.

Drinks Ontario

Drinks Ontario

Bringing a dynamic and world-class assortment of beverage alcohol products to market through a provincial monopoly retailer is complicated. An agent's job is to find those products and negotiate them into that marketplace.

Drinks Ontario's members – agents, suppliers and manufacturers of beverage alcohol – have many different needs, but very similar business goals. And one major stakeholder: the LCBO. Since 1958, the mandate of Drinks Ontario has been to inform, support and advocate for its members with industry and government. In the world of beverage alcohol, we offer a credible voice on trade, regulatory and policy issues, and we're experts in product trends.

Durham College

Durham College

Durham College is pleased to announce exciting new training offerings to support the Craft Brewing Industry. Participants in our programs will receive hands on instruction using state-of-the-art technology in our Durham College Centre for Food. Click on the link below to learn more about our upcoming programs.

Esber Beverage Co

Esber Beverage Co is the leading Importer of Canadian Craft Beer into the United States. With over 90 years of experience in the beer distribution business, Esber Beverage offers Canadian Craft Brewers with navigation of Federal and State regulations, pricing models, establishment of Wholesale and Retail distribution and representation throughout selected markets in the United States. Dave Esber leads a successful and dedicated team focused on Canadian Craft Beers.

Niagara College

Niagara College

Niagara College is home to Canada’s first teaching brewery and commercial teaching winery, along with a world-renowned full-service teaching restaurant that focuses on local and seasonal cuisine. The Niagara College, Canadian Food & Wine Institute (CFWI) Innovation Centre offers a full suite of services to support industry innovation and commercialization of new products and processes from new recipe development to shelf-life testing and regulatory assistance.

The OCB have collaborated with the CFWI Innovation Centre to produce a reference/resource manual that will assist brewers in providing consistent, flavour stable beer to further markets over an extended time period.

Ontario Craft Beer Tours from the OGTC

Ontario Craft Brewery Tours

Ontario Craft Brewery Tours offers daily tours to craft breweries in the Greater Toronto Area, Niagara On The Lake, and Guelph Area. Behind the scene tours include return transportation to downtown Toronto, driver/guide, tour of one brewery (often with a brewery owner), plentiful samples at each stop and a pub lunch on the day tours. The Ultimate Canadian Craft Beer Experience is an Ontario and Canadian Signature Experience, the only craft brewery tour of its kind in Canada. Private, custom group tours are also available.

Email Ontario Craft Brewery Tours tours@bell.net or call 416 527 2362 or 1 855 277 5757 for more information.

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Ontario Hops Growers' Association

Ontario Hops Growers' Association

The OHGA is a not-for-profit association of hop growers, families and enthusiasts who are interested in supporting the growth of the hop industry in Ontario. Their mission is to support the development of the hop industry in this province by:

  • Acting as a central voice for hop growers in Ontario
  • Being an advocacy group for commercial growers in the province to to both brewing and government interests
  • Promoting hop-growing fundamentals through education, research and development
  • Supporting the promotion and marketing of high quality eastern hops

Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA)

The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs offers a wealth of information related to all aspects of production, processing and retailing of every type of food in Ontario. OMAFRA has developed many manuals, website sources and access to expertise to all aspects of the food industry in Ontario


Ontario Restaurant Hotel & Motel Association (ORHMA)

The Ontario Restaurant Hotel & Motel Association (ORHMA) is the largest provincial hospitality association in Canada. With over 4,000 members, representing more than 11,000 establishments across the province, the ORHMA is uniquely positioned to represent the issues that most impact your business.

Restaurants Canada

Restaurants Canada is the largest membership organization of its kind, and the only national association that serves the unique needs of the foodservice industry. Our members are as diverse as the industry itself — from independent operators to regional and national chains, including restaurants, bars, caterers, franchisors, hotels, institutions, food trucks, convenience stores and other emerging business types. Our membership also includes industry suppliers, who play an integral role in the success of operators across Canada. Restaurants Canada is also the owner of Groupex, a group buying program for independent restaurant operators. Proceeds from Groupex support our work on behalf of Canada’s restaurant industry.