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Cultural Tourism Coming To Brant

McGuinty Government Invests in Local Economic Development Project

Ontario is helping to develop cultural tourism in the County of Brant. 

The Province is providing $34,150 to help hire a cultural development officer to work closely with local businesses, cultural groups and the First Nation community to develop a coordinated cultural tourism industry in Brant.  Moreover, the partners will also create a marketing strategy to position the region as a cultural destination of choice in southwestern Ontario. 

The funding is part of the Rural Economic Development Program which invests in community-based projects in three priority areas:

  • Improved access to health care services
  • Revitalized communities and downtowns
  • Enhanced skills training. 

Quick Facts

  • Since 2003, Ontario has invested $73 million in 220 projects through the Rural Economic Development Program.
  • Brant County is home to "famous firsts" which include the first long distance telephone call; and the co-founder of the International Women's Institute Movement.

Additional Resources


“I would like to congratulate the Friends of Paris and its partners on the initiative to make Brant a cultural destination of choice in Ontario. The McGuinty government is strongly committed to supporting organizations that are investing in their communities.”

Leona Dombrowsky

Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

“We are pleased with the support of the Ontario government for this project. With this funding, our vision of highlighting the cultural diversity of Brant is on its way to becoming a reality.”

Ron Hansen

Director of the Friends of Paris Culture Incorporated

“Our government recognizes the economic impact that tourism has on Brant. By enabling communities like Brant to coordinate their marketing activities, we are helping them reach new audiences, create more jobs and generate more economic activity.”

Dave Levac

MPP for Brant



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