The health and safety of visitors to Ontario’s wine country and all Canadians remains the number one priority for our local wine community during the COVID-19 situation.
In order to do our part and flatten the curve, Ontario wineries are strongly encouraged to follow the advice and guidance from our governments, medical officers of health and local health officials.
Customers should note that winery retail stores remain open at this time. Tastings are limited and wine may also be purchased online through winery websites for direct to consumer delivery. Please visit our members’ page for the full listing of our Ontario winery members.
The Ontario Craft Wineries will continue to monitor and provide ongoing updates on the COVID-19 situation to our members and regular followers.
For the latest health updates and guidance, please visit the following sites:
General Health Information
Public Health Agency of Canada
Public Health Ontario
World Health Organization
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Poster: What you need to know to help you and your family stay healthy
Business Resources & Labour Law
Department of Finance: Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan (Backgrounder)
Government of Canada – Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Resources for Canadian businesses
Ontario Human Rights Commission
DJB – COVID-19: Best HR Practices
Hicks Morley -Update on COVID-19 for Employers: Ontario to Amend the ESA to Protect Jobs
The OCW leads the growth and profitability of Ontario’s respected VQA wine sector – through strategic partnership and authoritative trusted advocacy. As a non-profit trade association, the OCW represents over 100 wineries from across the three designated viticultural areas of the province (Niagara, Prince Edward County and Lake Erie North Shore – including Pelee Island) as well as emerging wine producing regions such as Ontario’s South Coast and Georgian Bay/Grey County. OCW members are independently owned small and medium sized businesses – grape growers, manufacturers and leaders in tourism in their communities. Our members are the future of Ontario’s wine industry which is a source of new investment, jobs and award-winning wines.