April 9, 2015 – Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport
Ontario is supporting a record number of festivals and events across the province that will draw tourists, create jobs and grow local economies.
Through the Celebrate Ontario 2015 program, the province is helping 270 festivals and events, the highest number in the history of the program, celebrate Ontario’s diversity, heritage and culture. This support will help organizers enhance programming and services, attract new audiences and create jobs in the tourism sector.
Helping local festivals and events grow and prosper supports the government’s economic plan for Ontario. The four-part plan is building Ontario up by investing in people’s talents and skills, building new public infrastructure like roads and transit, creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives and building a secure savings plan so everyone can afford to retire.
- Since 2007, Celebrate Ontario has committed $137 million to support over 1,700 events across Ontario.
- From 2009 to 2013, festivals and events that were supported by Celebrate Ontario reported an increase of 6.2 million tourists and an increase of $1 billion in visitor spending.
- Tourism in Ontario generates over $28 billion in economic activity and supports more than 359,000 direct and indirect jobs in Ontario.
Celebrate Ontario Grant Applications