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Ontario Investing $19 Million to Support Local Festivals and Events

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Ontario Investing $19 Million to Support Local Festivals and Events

Province Supporting Communities and Creating Jobs

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. 

Quick Facts

  • 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.

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“Ontario is home to so many special festivals and events and I’m proud that our government has committed to investing in a record number of them across the province through the Celebrate Ontario 2015 program. Our investment will help these festivals and events reach new heights as they create jobs, build local economies and offer new and exciting ways for residents and visitors to experience Ontario like never before.”

Michael Coteau

Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport

“We are fortunate to have so many amazing festivals and events that attract people from across the province – and beyond. This year, Celebrate Ontario is supporting even more events, which means that more visitors will be able to enjoy the varied and unique experiences they offer. It also means a boost for local economies and more jobs in our communities.”

Kathrin Delutis

Chief Executive Officer, Festivals and Events Ontario

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