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Celebrate Ontario 2011 Kicks Off

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Celebrate Ontario 2011 Kicks Off

McGuinty Government Strengthening Support For Local Festivals And Events

Ontario is increasing support for festivals and events that create jobs, attract tourists, stimulate local economies and provide entertaining activities for Ontario families across the province.

This year, the province is investing $20 million through Celebrate Ontario to help festivals and events of all sizes reach new audiences and invigorate local economies. Celebrate Ontario's new "Blockbuster" category will provide communities with support to bid for and host major one-time events and festivals attracting out-of-province visitors.

New and returning festivals and events across the province are invited to apply to Celebrate Ontario 2011.

Celebrate Ontario supports the government's Open Ontario Plan to strengthen our economy and create new opportunities for jobs and growth.

Quick Facts

  • The Celebrate Ontario 2011 application deadline is November 23, 2010.
  • Since 2007, Celebrate Ontario has supported more than 500 festivals and events of all sizes across the province.
  • Celebrate Ontario 2009 recipients reported an increase of close to 700,000 visitors and $115 million in visitor spending over 2008 as a result of the program's support.

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“Festivals and events are powerful economic drivers - they draw tourists to our communities, create jobs and stimulate local economies. That is why our government is increasing our investment in festivals and events to help enhance programs, attract new audiences, and create more jobs for Ontarians.”

Michael Chan

Minister of Tourism and Culture

“Festivals and events have a huge economic impact on our communities. With Ontario's commitment to enhancing the quality of festivals and events in this province, we are in turn helping to fill hotels, bed & breakfasts, restaurants, and other local attractions - the ripple effects are many.”

Gary Masters

Executive Director, Festivals and Events Ontario

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