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Source: Government of Canada – MIL OSI National News

August 28, 2019 – Petit-Paquetville, NB – Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

Supporting businesses in rural communities helps create opportunities for business growth and provides economic spinoffs to the region. Making smart investments in Atlantic Canada’s tourism industry helps tourism operators to develop and promote quality attractions that bring more visitors to our shores and create good middle-class jobs.

With support from the federal and provincial governments, Distillerie Fils du Roy Inc. has purchased new automated equipment to increase its productivity and expanded its operations to increase its capacity for aging distilled spirits. The company also hired a project manager to help develop new product lines.

The Government of Canada, through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), provided a repayable contribution of $148,655 for the equipment purchase and expansion project while the Province of New Brunswick contributed $178,479. ACOA also provided a non-repayable contribution of $50,000 to help the company hire the project manager.

Serge Cormier, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Defence and Member of Parliament for Acadie-Bathurst, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for ACOA, made the funding announcement today.

The Government of Canada is making smart investments that will create good, middle-class jobs in our country. It is helping small and medium-sized businesses to start-up, expand or modernize and supporting not-for-profit organizations to fuel business growth. 


“Our government is laying the foundation for Canadians to become more competitive and succeed in the global economy. Today’s investment in Distillerie Fils du Roy builds on our competitive advantages by helping the company expand its facility and purchase new equipment to boost economic growth and create good, middle class jobs for Canadians.”

–       The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for ACOA

“The Distillerie Fils du Roy is a business that we are very proud to have in our region. It is the perfect example of a family business in a rural community that creates high quality products, which are internationally renowned. In addition, the business is an excellent promoter of Acadie through its products. I applaud the outstanding leadership of Sébastien Roy, his family and his team. I am proud to support our local businesses.” 

–       Serge Cormier, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Defence and Member of Parliament for Acadie-Bathurst 

“Our government is committed to creating conditions where small businesses like Distillerie Fils du Roy can be competitive and succeed in rural New Brunswick. Providing support for the company as it moves to the next level of automation and increased sales will help contribute to an energized private sector and long-term economic growth.”

–       Robert Gauvin, MLA for Shippagan-Lamèque-Miscou, Deputy Premier, Minister of Tourism, Heritage and Culture and Minister responsible for La Francophonie on behalf of Honourable Mary Wilson, Minister of Economic Development and Small Business and Minister responsible for Opportunities NB

“The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) helps me generate economic growth opportunities in my small rural area and diversify my business into new sectors of the economy when I promote my business here and beyond our borders. ACOA helps our company to become more competitive, innovative and efficient. The Agency’s economic development officer provided us with invaluable advice. ACOA knows how to make a difference!”

–       Sébastien Roy, President of Distillerie Fils du Roy  

Quick facts

  • The Government of Canada invested a total of $198,655 in these projects through ACOA’s Business Development Program (BDP), while the Province of New Brunswick contributed $178,479. 

  • The BDP primarily assists Atlantic Canadian entrepreneurs who want to start a business, increase productivity or improve operations. Investments under the BDP address any gap that may arise if an application does not fit within ACOA’s Regional Economic Growth through Innovation (REGI) program. 

  • The Business Development Program continues to build on the objectives of the Innovation and Skills Plan.

  • Distillerie Fils du Roy Inc. is the first distillery on the Acadian Peninsula committed to making excellent quality spirits with locally grown herbs.


Bronwen Mosher
Senior Communications Officer
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

Mary-Anne Hurley-Corbyn
Director of Communications
Province of New Brunswick                                                                   

Sébastien Roy
Distillerie Fils du Roy Inc.

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