Ontario Makes Historic Investment in Safe, Innovative Festivals and Events

Published August 4, 2021


Funding will help reconnect Ontarians with their communities and support local economies

August 04, 2021

Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries

The Ontario government is investing nearly $50 million to help festival and event organizers deliver innovative and safe experiences that allow people to safely reconnect with their communities. This one-time funding increase – more than double the annual funding provided to the festival and event sector in the past – will ensure the long-term success of the festival and event sector.

The government is providing $43 million to support 439 festivals and events through the Reconnect Festival and Event Program, representing a record number of supported events in the program’s 14-year history.

This investment also includes $6 million to Celebrate Ontario Blockbuster events. The Celebrate Ontario Blockbuster program supports municipalities and organizations in Ontario to host large-scale, high-impact signature events that draw significant tourist attendance and increase tourist spending, increase Ontario’s profile through media and broadcast exposure and provide significant economic impact and legacy development for the province. Read more here…

a blurred image of festival grounds. There are tents and twinkling lights. In the bottom left on a bright pink banner has the word in white text, Almost $50m for festivals and events.