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  • October 11, 2013

Celebrate Ontario 2014 Kicks Off

Mauro announces: Ontario Government Supporting Ontario’s Festivals and Events, Growing the Economy

October 11, 2013

Celebrate Ontario 2014 is open for applications. Submissions are now being accepted for funding that helps Ontario festivals and events in communities across the province increase tourism, create jobs, and grow local economies.

This year, the province is expanding the program to include a new funding category — International Amateur Sport Hosting. Ontario municipalities and not-for-profit organizations can apply for funding to help them with hosting costs for delivering major international amateur sporting events in the province.

Celebrate Ontario supported 22,000 jobs and more than 200 festivals and events across the province in 2013.

Helping local festivals and events expand and attract new audiences is part of the Ontario government’s plan to create jobs, grow the economy, and help people in their everyday lives.


We’re proud to support our local festivals and sport events, which expand and create jobs here in Thunder Bay.  I encourage organizers to submit applications for the 2014 Celebrate Ontario program".

— Bill Mauro, MPP Thunder Bay-Atikokan

"In every region and in every season, there is always something exciting for residents and tourists alike to explore and experience in Ontario. Celebrate Ontario helps our unique festivals and events enhance their programs, attract new audiences, support local economies and employ thousands of Ontarians – many of them youth. I look forward to seeing our festivals and events innovate and expand with the help of Celebrate Ontario and how the introduction of the International Amateur Sport Hosting category will further diversify the exciting opportunities Ontario has to offer as a premier travel destination."

— Michael Chan, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport


  • The Celebrate Ontario 2014 application deadline is November 12, 2013.
  • Celebrate Ontario accepts applications in three categories — the main category is aimed at annual festivals and events, the blockbuster category supports major one-time events and the new International Amateur Sport Hosting supports major international amateur sporting events.
  • Since 2007, Celebrate Ontario has committed $98 million to almost 1,200 events across the province.
  • Tourism is an important part of Ontario's economy, supporting 330,000 jobs.


Apply for a Celebrate Ontario grant.

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For more information:

Bill Mauro, MPP Thunder Bay-Atikokan
(807) 623-9237

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