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Investing in Ontario's Culture and Tourism Attractions

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Investing in Ontario's Culture and Tourism Attractions

Government Supporting Infrastructure Projects Across the Province

Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport

OTTAWA, ON - Ontario's government is investing up to $26 million in infrastructure projects to ensure that Ontario's culture and tourism attractions remain world-class destinations.

Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, was at the Shaw Centre in Ottawa today to announce this investment for tourism and culture organizations, which will enable them to begin work on much-needed capital projects. These include repairs and replacements of roofs, windows, parking lots and septic systems, as well as restoration projects and work that needs to be done throughout the year.

The province's culture and tourism attractions promote tourism, economic growth and job creation — and offer a wide range of educational, recreational, cultural and entertainment programs. This investment will ensure that they continue to attract visitors and promote tourism.

"Our culture and tourism attractions showcase that Ontario offers the world in one province," said Minister MacLeod. "These icons contribute significantly to our economy and this investment will give them the support they need to shine and deliver the excellent visitor experiences they are known for."

"The ministry's ongoing support through capital investment will continue to allow the Shaw Centre to compete on an international stage and position Ottawa and the Centre as the destination of choice for major events and conventions," said Nina Kressler, President and Chief Executive Officer. "The economic benefit of such events stretches well beyond our walls and into the communities that surround us and across the province of Ontario."

Quick Facts

  • The government is investing up to $26 million for infrastructure projects focussing on the ministry’s agencies, attractions and transfer payment entities through the ministry's Repair and Rehabilitation Capital Program.
  • The Shaw Centre is receiving funding for needed projects, including the installation of a wheelchair ramp to enable all guest speakers and clients to access the stage.
  • Tourism is an important economic driver, supporting more than 390,000 jobs and generating over $34 billion of economic activity in Ontario.
  • Ontario's culture sector contributes $25 billion annually to the provincial economy and supports over 286,000 jobs.

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