Ontario Supporting Cultural Tourism and Local Events

Published on May 25, 2021

Ontario Supporting Cultural Tourism and Local Events

Ontario is providing more than $4 million to 54 cultural tourism organizations through the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund to help develop, promote and present high-quality, high-profile events that strengthen the economies of communities across Ontario.

Today, Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries announced the recipients from the latest rounds of funding.

“Ontario’s heritage, sport, tourism and culture industries were among the first and hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic – and will take the longest to recover,” said Minister MacLeod. “To support the province’s economic and social recovery, it is critical that our government continues to support organizations that are finding new ways to engage with and reconnect Ontarians, while preserving jobs and supporting local economies. Our investments through the OCAF program continue to deliver impressive cultural and economic benefits that help to strengthen our culture and tourism sectors in local communities across the province.”

The Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund (OCAF) has pivoted to support a variety of online events and experiences, ensuring culture and tourism experiences remain accessible across the province during the COVID-19 pandemic. For example, the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival is celebrating its 25th anniversary by offering new ways for visitors to engage with the festival virtually on a redesigned website, with conversations, live presentations, video screenings, and photo essays throughout the month of May, and beyond.

OCAF continues to accept new applications for new events and offers flexibility regarding project timing and scope.

For more information on the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund and a full list of recipients, please visit the OCAF website.