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  • September 07, 2017

Applications Now Open for Celebrate Ontario 2018 Funding

Ontario Supporting Festivals and Events to Boost Tourism and Creates Jobs


September 7, 2017

Ontario is now accepting applications for Celebrate Ontario 2018 funding from tourism festival and event organizers across the province, supporting higher impact events that attract tourists and create jobs.

Celebrate Ontario is a grant program that helps festival and event organizers enhance their programming, activities and services so that they can draw more tourists and create jobs in communities across the province. Last year, the program supported the largest number of festivals and events in the history of the program.

For 2018, the province is improving the application form to make it easier and more convenient for tourism festival and event organizers to apply to Celebrate Ontario. Applicants can also join online information sessions to learn more about the program.

The deadline to apply is November 9, 2017 at 5 p.m. Recipients will be announced in spring 2018.

Investing in local tourism festivals and events is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.


“Festivals and events showcase our diversity and highlight what makes Ontario such a great place to live and visit. Through the Celebrate Ontario program, our government is making strategic investments in festivals and events so they can continue to attract more tourists, create jobs and grow the economy in communities across the province.”

— Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport


  • The improved and more convenient application form responds to a commitment made in Ontario’s Tourism Action Plan.
  • Every year, festivals and events support tens of thousands of jobs and generate millions of dollars in revenue. 
  • According to past recipients, every $1 of Celebrate Ontario funding results in $20 of visitor spending.
  • Since 2007, Celebrate Ontario has committed over $175 million to more than 2,100 festivals and events across Ontario.
  • From 2009-2015, Celebrate Ontario recipients reported an increase of 10.3 million tourists and $2.1 billion in visitor spending due to Celebrate Ontario support.



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