Ontario Welcomes National Curling Championship to Kingston
Celebrate Ontario funding creates jobs and boosts local tourism
KINGSTON - Ontario is supporting Canada's national men's curling championship with investments that boost tourism in Kingston and provide athletes a chance to compete close to home.
Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries, attended the opening ceremonies of the 2020 Tim Hortons Brier to cheer on Ontario's athletes. The province provided more than $282,000 in funding to support the entertainment at the Brier Patch, where curling fans can come together between events and enjoy live performances every day of the eight-day competition.
"Ontario offers the world in one province, and large festivals and events like the Brier allow athletes and visitors to experience all Ontario has to offer," said Minister MacLeod. "Some of the best athletes come from Ontario and I'm proud that the Brier will showcase their talent to visitors from across Canada."
The 2020 Tim Hortons Brier will be held at the Leon's Centre in Kingston, Ontario from February 29 to March 8, 2020. The winning team will represent Canada at the 2020 World Men's Curling Championship in Glasgow, Scotland later this spring.
"We are pleased to again be working with the Ontario government and its Celebrate Ontario program, which will contribute to making the 2020 Tim Hortons Brier a success in Kingston," said Katherine Henderson, Chief Executive Officer of Curling Canada. "We've seen endless examples of how Curling Canada Season of Champions events such as the Tim Hortons Brier benefit their host communities and provinces, and it's gratifying to see that the government shares that vision and belief."
- This funding was provided through the Celebrate Ontario program’s Blockbuster fund. Blockbuster funding supports municipalities and organizations in Ontario to host large-scale, high-impact one-time events that do not recur annually or biennially in Ontario.
- In 2019, the government invested more than $17 million in over 270 festivals and events in communities across the province through the Celebrate Ontario program.
- Every year, festivals and events support tens of thousands of jobs in Ontario and generate millions of dollars in revenue.
- According to past recipients of Celebrate Ontario funding, every $1 of provincial funding results in almost $21 of visitor spending.