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  • April 05, 2018

Ontario Boosting Tourism Through Festivals and Events

Support for Local Festivals and Events Creating Jobs, Building Vibrant Communities

Ontario is supporting seven festivals and events in Kingston to boost a growing tourism sector, create jobs and offer Ontario residents and tourists more reasons to discover and explore the province. 

MPP Kiwala announced today that the following festivals and events in Kingston are receiving support through the Celebrate Ontario program:

  • St. Lawrence Parks Commission funding for Fort Fright - $78,082
  • Kingston Canadian Film Festival - $62,000
  • Kingston Writersfest - $23,875
  • Artfest Ontario is receiving funding for Artfest Kingston - $29,114
  • Kingston Wine and Food Festival - $25,000
  • Kingston Theatre Alliance – The Kick and Push Festival - $30,000
  • Skeleton Park Arts Fest - $20,925

This year, the province is supporting 328 festivals and events, the highest in the history of the program that celebrate Ontario’s diversity, heritage and culture. This investment will enhance programming, activities and services so that festivals and events can offer new experiences, reach new audiences and support jobs in their communities.

This year,198 festivals and events receiving support will take place in rural or northern areas, and will showcase the diverse traditions that make these communities so unique.

Investing in festivals and events is part of Ontario’s plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.


“Our government’s continued support for festivals and events is an investment in the livelihood of communities all across Ontario. Festivals and events are powerful economic drivers and play an important role in bringing communities together. Our diverse events give visitors and Ontario residents a reason to visit, discover and experience the riches of this wonderful province.”   

— Daiene Vernile, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport

“The support our government provides to festivals and events in Kingston through Celebrate Ontario is an investment in our community and a boost to our local economy. Culture and tourism are integral parts of who we are as human beings. I am pleased to welcome visitors from within the province and abroad to attend an event, take part in the festivities, share in our unique culture and heritage and learn what makes Kingston so special.”

— Sophie Kiwala, MPP, Kingston and the Islands


  • Ontario is investing more than $20 million in the Celebrate Ontario 2018 program to support 328 festivals and events, the highest number in the history of the program.
  • In 2018, the Ontario government will support 7 Celebrate Ontario festivals and events in Kingston with a  total of $268,996
  • Past recipients’ data shows that every $1 of Celebrate Ontario funding triggers $21 in visitor expenditures.
  • Tourism is an important economic driver, supporting nearly 400,000 jobs and generating over $32 billion of economic activity.
  • As part of the commitment made in Ontario’s Strategic Framework for Tourism and Tourism Action Plan, the government improved the Celebrate Ontario program to further streamline the application process, focus on results and improve alignment to better support communities across Ontario.


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