Celebrate Ontario Program Creates Jobs and Supports Local Tourism
May 21, 2019 - Ontario's government for the people is working to create jobs and
boost local tourism by investing in festivals and events in Elgin-Middlesex-London.
Jeff Yurek, MPP for Elgin-Middlesex-London announced today that the following festivals
and events are receiving support through the Celebrate Ontario program:
- Day Out With Thomas - Steam Team Tour 2019, July 12-14
- Oxford Renaissance Fair (Thames Centre), June 14-16
Celebrate Ontario supports festivals and events of all sizes to reach new audiences,
improve the programs for visitors, benefit local economies and create new jobs.
According to past recipients, every dollar invested through Celebrate Ontario results
in almost $21 of visitor spending.
"Ontario is open for business and open for jobs. By investing in festivals and events,
our government is tapping into the economic potential of the tourism industry,"
said Minister Tibollo." As we develop
Ontario's new tourism strategy, we will continue to invest in programs like
Celebrate Ontario that help to maximize the growth and competitiveness of the great
festivals and events that take place throughout the province."
This year, to help reduce red tape and the administrative burden for organizers,
Ontario has streamlined the application process to make it easier to apply for funding.
"Our government recognizes the important contributions that festivals and events
make to our local economy. I am pleased that we are supporting these great local
events as they continue to draw visitors from across the province and facilitate
many happy memories being made in Elgin-Middlesex-London." --Jeff Yurek, MPP for
Celebrate Ontario supports festivals and events taking place throughout the year.
- Ontario is investing over $13 million in over 250 festivals and events in communities
across the province, plus another $4 million in additional funding for Blockbuster
- 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.