Spending in cultural tourism across Ontario

Published on : Saturday, May 25, 2019

The government for the people of Ontario is working to take local tourism to a higher level and create more jobs by investing over $1.7 million in regards to cultural tourism events that will help in driving tourism spending in communities all over the province.


Through the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund (OCAF), the province is aiding 28 cultural tourism events that will encourage economy and generate local jobs, help attract tourists and boost revenue.


“Cultural tourism events strengthen the social and cultural fabric of our communities,” said Michael Tibollo, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. “This support will help arts, culture and heritage organizations create new experiences that will help keep our province open for business and open for jobs by making Ontario a more attractive place to visit.”


Cultural tourism events that get the support from fund range from significant exhibitions, festivals and anniversaries to smaller events that celebrate local culture and heritage and have a big impact in small communities.


“Ontario is bursting with events, festivals and major exhibitions; it is truly a feast for residents and visitors alike!” said John McKellar, Chair and President. “OCAF is thrilled to be a partner by supporting marketing campaigns that will bring tourists to large and small communities across the province. OCAF is a unique program investing in extraordinary events that create jobs and resources for Ontario communities.”


Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund investments are partly repayable loans. This signifies that repayments refill the Fund and allow OCAF to invest in even more projects.


Winning recipients will get notified as of today.


Few quick facts


Culture is one of the fastest growing sectors of Ontario, employing more than 270,000 people and contributing over $25 billion annually to Ontario’s economy.


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