Significant funding announcement scheduled for Wednesday

MEDIA RELEASE: 28 June 2018 – R00135

On Wednesday, July 4, Canada’s Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay will be in the Niagara region to reveal a major investment by the Government of Canada into key research for Canada’s grape and wine industry.

At 9:15 a.m., Minister MacAulay will visit Brock University, where he will tour laboratories of the Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute, one of Canada’s leading grape and wine research centres and a key partner of the national industry. He will talk with scientists and with the student researchers who are the next generation of North America’s grape growers and winemakers.

The media are invited to attend for a photo opportunity. The Minister will also be available for interviews about the importance of agriculture to trade and exports. Canada’s grape and wine sector is a $9-billion industry that employs thousands of workers, directly and indirectly.

At 10 a.m., Minister MacAulay will depart Brock for the Niagara-on-the-Lake farm of grape grower Matthias Oppenlaender, where the funding announcement will be made at 10:45 a.m. Huebel Grapes Estates, the Oppenlaender farm, is located at 473 Line 3 in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Media planning to attend are asked to confirm with Brock University Media Relations Officer Dan Dakin.

For more information or for assistance arranging interviews:

* Dan Dakin, Media Relations Officer, Brock University, 905-688-5550 x5353 or 905-347-1970

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