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Strengthening Ontario's Cultural Tourism

McGuinty Government Invests In Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund

Ontario is increasing support for cultural events and attractions that draw visitors from around the world and help local economies.  

The province is investing $10 million over three years in the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund to help not-for-profit cultural and heritage organizations promote and present unique events that attract new audiences.

The Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund supports the government's Open Ontario initiative -- a five-year plan to strengthen the economy and create more jobs for Ontarians.

Quick Facts

  • Since 2003, the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund has provided close to $26 million in project support to over 250 special events and projects in over 140 communities.
  • Every year, festivals and events support over 22,000 jobs in Ontario.

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“Ontario has a strong and vibrant cultural sector that is well-known for providing visitors with unique and unforgettable experiences. Investing in our cultural festivals and events helps create jobs, strengthens local economies and increases visitor spending.”

Michael Chan

Minister of Tourism and Culture

“We are pleased that the Ontario government is continuing to invest in extraordinary experiences that help cultural organizations reach out to even more audiences and draw tourists into communities across Ontario.”

Dr. Murray Frum

Chair of the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund Board of Directors

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