Ontario Arts Council Funding Supports Local Tourism and Artists
Port Stanley - Today, Elgin-Middlesex-London MPP Jeff Yurek announced
that the Ontario Arts Council, through the Government of Ontario, has provided $39,289
in operational funding to the Port Stanley Festival Theatre. This will assist the
theatre in delivering an exciting 2019 programming lineup that includes 6 summer
productions, youth programming, the 8th Annual Playwrights' Festival, and an off-season
entertainment program, as well as hosting rental opportunities.
“The Port Stanley Festival Theatre is a vibrant local hub for tourism and the arts,
and helps to showcase the best of what we have to offer here in Elgin County,” said
MPP Jeff Yurek. “I am proud that our government recognizes the value of our arts
and culture organizations to our communities and economy, and I look forward to
checking out a play in Port Stanley this summer.”
The professional artists and arts organizations supported by the Ontario Arts Council
strengthen and add vitality to Ontario communities like Port Stanley, making them
great places to live and work. The arts also help build Ontario's brand across the
country and around the globe, in turn attracting significant tourism, jobs, and
- The latest data from 2016 indicates that tourism supported nearly 390,000 jobs and
generated over $34 billion of economic activity in Ontario.
- The tourism industry is one of the world's fastest-growing industries.
- The tourism sector has experienced year-on-year increases in visitor spending of
nearly six per cent.
- The Ontario Arts Council is the Government of Ontario's primary vehicle for investing
in the arts across the province.