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Ontario Investing $6 Million in Cultural Tourism

Province Supporting Tourism in Local Communities and Creating Jobs

Queens Park - Ontario is supporting arts and cultural events across the province that will draw tourists, boost local economies and create jobs. Through the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund, the province is providing $6 million over three years to grow cultural tourism in Ontario. This support will help arts and cultural organizations develop, promote and present unique events and exhibitions that bring visitors to communities across the province.

This year, the fund has supported 47 projects, including TIFF Festival Street 2.0 in Toronto, the Ottawa International Jazz Festival and Sudbury’s Songs of Summer Music Festival.

Investing in cultural tourism supports the government's economic plan for Ontario. The four-part plan is building Ontario up by investing in people's talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan.

• Since 2003, the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund (OCAF) has provided over $46 million in project support to 447 special events and projects.

• OCAF-funded events have received over $368 million in total revenues and attracted over 42 million visitors since 2003.

• Cultural tourism in Ontario generates $3.9 billion in GDP and supports 61,000 jobs.

• There is no deadline to apply for OCAF. Arts and culture organizations can apply throughout the year.

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