Bacardi to close Brampton facility, killing 51 jobs, after receiving 350K from Ontario tax payers last year

Bacardi Canada to close and sell Brampton facility, eliminating 51 jobs

“Bacardi carefully considered all other options before making this decision, which was necessary due to the changing business environment over many years in Canada and the importance of increasing efficiency to ensure the company’s future competitiveness,” said the statement.

Meanwhile, the announcement of the closure comes less than a year after Bacardi Canada was awarded a government grant worth hundreds of thousands of dollars to support the plant’s operations. Last May, Jeff Leal – Ontario’s Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs – announced that $350,000 was earmarked for the company through the federal/provincial program Growing Forward 2.

“Having Bacardi Canada’s bottling operation anchored in our province sends a clear signal to domestic and foreign markets that Ontario is a prime location where food and beverage processing companies can invest, expand and be successful,” Leal said at the time.


So what was the 350K used for? A study that determined they couldn’t be competitive in Ontario?

h/t RM

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  • Reader

    I would be quite a coincidence if Bacardi or their executives donated some of that money back to the Ontario Liberal Party, now wouldn’t it?

    • Observer

      It wouldn’t be a coincidence, it would be Liberal party standard operating procedures.

    • You bet;)

    • Jaedo Drax

      None of the higher ups seem to have contributed, since none are based in Ontario. Even Paul Tepperman doesn’t appear to have given money.

  • Millie_Woods

    Bacardi was stupid, they should have said they were investing in an environmentally sustainable, carbon neutral, renewable energy, soy-based, whole wheat bottling plant. They would have got $350 million instead of 350 thousand. Anyway, Captain Morgan makes better rum.

    • They need a new PR team.

    • Exile1981

      Bacardi 151 proof rum… I have a vague memory of drinking a bottle of that in my younger years.

      • Millie_Woods

        Heh! Just be thankful the memory is ‘vague’.

    • Waffle

      I’m partial to Wray and Nephew’s overproof.

      • Millie_Woods

        I wouldn’t have figured you for an ‘overproof’ drinker : )

        • Waffle

          I’m not just another pretty face, y’ know 😉

          • Millie_Woods

            Funny story. When I was about 21 a couple of friends and me went to Hyder Alaska and brought back some Everclear. On the trip home my car broke down in a little place called Kitwanga and we left it by the side of the road with the intention of going back the next morning to get it. Two days later an RCMP, who I knew, came to my door and said my vehicle was abandoned for 48 hours and I better go get it. I said that’s impossible, it was only there overnight. I’d lost an entire day. That was the last time I ever drank anything like that.

          • Waffle

            I had to look up that one!! Did you drink the 151 or the 190? I can get a buzz just from sniffing the 151.

          • Millie_Woods

            The 190. I remember we were mixing it with orange juice and within 20 seconds of stirring it, it would separate again. OJ on the bottom and Everclear on top. One of the guys still has a slight bump on his temple from falling down the stairs. Seriously, that stuff should have a skull and crossbones on the label.

          • deplorabledave

            And here I thought only 20 year old males did such things.

          • Waffle

            Hard to believe that stuff is even legal. You’re lucky to have survived to tell the tale. I too grew up in a border town (Ontario-Quebec) and the Road from Ruin (Rouyn, PQ) had a rather diminishing effect on our graduating class.

          • Millie_Woods

            Sounds like we had similar.. ahem.. hobbies when we were youths. I look back on those days and wonder what the hell we were thinking about. Valuable experience for those of us who were able to pull back from the brink. I knew a few who didn’t.

          • Waffle

            Rite of passage in a hard-scrabble mining town.

  • Med1

    With the news that there will be an influx of Muslims, could it be that Bacardi is projecting ahead of their arrival?

    • Certainly in the local market.

    • ontario john

      They could sell goat urine.

    • canminuteman

      At this point in time I suspect that it has more to do with distillation being a pretty energy intensive activity.

  • ontario john

    That homophobic! I blame global warming. We need a larger carbon tax.

  • andycanuck

    It went to pay last year’s electrical bill. They know they’re screwed for this year when the carbon dioxide tax kicks in.

  • richfisher

    Their Bacardi sign made the drive on the 410 a little better.

  • bargogx1
  • Jaedo Drax

    Energy intensive industry finds that cap and trade makes it uneconomical to continue manufacturing business in Ontario. You will likely find the same in a number of other industries that use a lot of natural gas and electricity in the next few years.

    Net result is that electricity consumption goes down, raising the prices for everyone else again, followed by more companies finding greener pastures that don’t subscribe to expensive energy good, industry bad.

    • It is criminal what Wynne has done.

      • Canadian Born

        That picture of her is amazing, it suits her to a tee. The he/she witch of Ontario. Too bad she doesn’t melt, that would solve a lot of our problems.

    • Watchman

      For every manufacturing business that folds or escapes Ontario, the tax revenues will drop and further tax increases for the province will be needed to counteract this and pay for the government of the captive taxpayers. Eventually, all that will be left will be household good retailers and service industries and the province will be a black hole for subsidies as they produce nothing of worth that makes them useful to any other province or the world. The province will then become this low productivity, high living cost society.

      The problem is that many Ontarians would be completely fine with being subsidised by the rest of Canada, all while proclaiming their low-carbon footprint and environmental virtue.

      • canminuteman

        BIngo. I saw an article recently that was lamenting the place of men in the “new economy”. It was about how men’s jobs were becoming scarce, and there were tons of new jobs in traditionally female occupations, but that men were not interested in getting the quals necessary to do them. It talked about the hundreds of thousands of jobs that had been created in healthcare and social services and the similar number that had disappeared in manufacturing/mining/farming. Of course it doesn’t seem to have occurred to the writer that the traditionally male jobs were all wealth generating, and the traditional female jobs were all wealth consuming, and without the former there is no wealth to spend on the latter; We are being ruled over by idiots.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Bacardi should move to Manitoba for cheap electricity.
      And Centre Port is almost ready to open.

  • moraywatson

    Bacardi are obviously a bunch of islamophobes. I mean what kind of future does an alcohol producer have in Ontariostan ?

  • BillyHW

    If only we had built another wind farm. Or were slightly more proud during the parade.

    • WalterBannon

      lesbians should not be allowed to vote or run for public office

    • DMB

      Queens Park is the perfect place.

  • WalterBannon

    Wynne cackling in response had this to say: “I’ll get you Bacardi, and your little dog Toto too”