Ontario Supporting Arts and Tourism Sectors in Mississauga

Published on September 09, 2020

Ontario Supporting Arts and Tourism Sectors in Mississauga

NEWS                                                                   September 4, 2020

MISSISSAUGA – Today, Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries joined Sheref Sabawy, MPP for Mississauga–Erin Mills, Nina Tangri, MPP for Mississauga–Streetsville, Rudy Cuzzetto, MPP for Mississauga–Lakeshore, Kaleed Rasheed, MPP for Mississauga East–Cooksville, and Deepak Anand, MPP for Mississauga– Malton, to highlight over $5 million in funding, since the start of the pandemic to help propel the local arts and tourism sectors in the area.

“Our sectors were hit first, the hardest and will take the longest to recover,” said Minister MacLeod. “As our government moves forward with reopening the province, we are proud to support numerous organizations that build up our unique communities and put our tourism industry on a path to recovery.”

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began in March, the government has continued to invest in Ontario’s tourism and creative sectors. Through Community Museum Operating Grants, the Celebrate Ontario program and the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the government has made investments to enrich local and visitor experiences, including:

  • $53,953 for the Museums of Mississauga
  • $49,700 for the Mississauga Aquatic Club
  • $35,700 for Heritage Mississauga
  • $29,493 for Mississauga Arts Council
  • $32,100 for the Canadian Arabic Orchestra

Our government is committed to continuing its work with our province’s tourism and arts sectors to ensure that as the economy gradually reopens, Ontario will be in the best position to welcome the world back to our province.


“I know how important tourism is for Mississauga and for our cultural fabric here.” said Sheref Sabawy, MPP for Mississauga – Erin Mills. “Thanks to the government of Ontario, we are boosting local tourism while we are restarting our economy from the effects of COVID-19. Stay local, and see what Ontario has to offer.”

"While the COVID-19 pandemic has been devastating for tourism, it is also an opportunity to rethink the sector, and to build a stronger, and more resilient tourism industry for Ontario," said Rudy Cuzzetto, MPP for Mississauga – Lakeshore. "From our annual lakefront festivals in Port Credit to the natural beauty of the Rattray Marsh and the Waterfront Trail, Mississauga is well-positioned to re-emerge as a prime destination for tourists. I look forward to working together with Minister MacLeod, and with Tourism Mississauga, to support this recovery."

"Mississauga is a gateway to world tourism, housing Canada's busiest airport while also being a city worth exploring in its own right.” Said Natalia Kusendova, MPP for Mississauga – Centre Mississauga is made up of several vibrant communities, each with a unique history and atmosphere that is worth both preserving and building upon. Thank you Minister MacLeod for recognising this, and choosing to invest in our world-class city."

“Peel Region and Mississauga contain many vibrant communities that have faced all kinds of challenges due to the COVID-19 Crisis this year. I am thankful for the work the Ontario Government has been doing to assist communities in weathering the crisis.” Said Kaleed Rasheed, MPP for Mississauga East-Cooksville. “I know Minister MacLeod and her team have been working diligently to listen to concerns and find solutions and support for affected communities and groups. The Celebrate Ontario fund is just one of many great initiatives working to assist projects in Mississauga.”

“Tourism continues to be a key economic engine in Mississauga and all of Ontario. It drives more than 400,000 jobs annually and generates over $36 billion of economic activity for the province. Through Celebrate Ontario, the government has invested $9.75 million to events taking place throughout the year and $8 million to 66 provincial and multi-sport organizations through the Ontario Amateur Sport Fund. As we go back to new normal, it is now more than ever important to support our tourism and hospitality industries and showcase all that Ontario has to offer within the public health guidelines”

“Our Government is committed to supporting Mississauga’s tourism industry,” said Nina Tangri, MPP for Mississauga-Streetsville. “Tourism plays a crucial role in our local economy and this investment into our community will go a long way in helping us recover from the economic impacts of COVID-19.”