The Celebrate Ontario 2018 program is open and receiving applications via the Grants Ontario web portal.
Celebrate Ontario is an annual program that helps festivals and events enhance their programs, activities and services. This support helps grow tourism in the province by making it easier for event organizers to offer new and improved experiences that will attract more tourists and increase visitor spending.
Celebrate Ontario Program Categories
The Celebrate Ontario 2018 program comprises three categories:
1. Celebrate Ontario 2018 Single-Year Category
Supports New or Existing Tourism Events with programming enhancements and marketing campaigns that increase tourist visitation and spending, and lead to improved festival sustainability.
2. Celebrate Ontario 2018 Multi-Year (Two-Year) Category
Supports Existing Tourism Events with programming enhancements and marketing campaigns that increase tourist visitation and spending, and lead to improved festival sustainability.
Only existing large Tourism Events with cash operating expenses of at least $1 million may apply for Multi-Year funding (for fiscal years 2018-19 and 2019-20).
3. Celebrate Ontario Blockbuster Category
Supports bidding and hosting costs for major one-time events or events that do not recur annually in Ontario, but travel nationally or internationally to host destinations.
Blockbuster events must have a cash operating budget of at least $1 million.