Brockville — The Ontario government is investing more than $100,000 in local festivals and special events as part of its ongoing efforts to support the province’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, says Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes MPP Steve Clark.
Today, Clark announced recipients who will be receiving funding under the Celebrate Ontario program. Clark said he’s pleased the government is providing flexibility for recipients to apply funding towards eligible programming or marketing expenses they have already incurred, including costs to modify or reschedule planned events.
The following six events in Leeds and Grenville will receive Celebrate Ontario funding:
- Kemptville Live Music Festival $75,000
- 1000 Islands Regatta $13,727
- Delta Fair $10,825
- Big River Festival $3,763
- South Grenville Bluegrass Festival $3,352
- 1000 Islands Waterfront Festival $2,500
“The extraordinary circumstances created by the pandemic have had an impact on every aspect of our lives, including special events. I’m proud that our government has recognized the importance of these events to our community and the hard work of the volunteers who make them happen by continuing to support them through Celebrate Ontario,” said Clark. “These events not only contribute to our economy, they’re part of our way of life and we need to ensure they come back strong.”
Celebrate Ontario supports festivals and events that contribute to local economies and enrich our quality of life across the province. Festivals and events are also powerful economic drivers – according to past recipients, every $1 of Celebrate Ontario funding results in almost $21 of visitor spending.
“I recognize cancellations have been difficult for event organizers and their communities,” said Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries. “Celebrate Ontario is one way this government is helping sustain festivals and events so they can continue to contribute to vibrant communities, and we will continue working with them into the future. Festivals and events are important parts of Ontario’s double bottom line, contributing to our cultural fabric and pride of place while supporting economic growth.”
Ontario’s tourism industry will be an important component of the province’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 outbreak. Investing in the continued success of these events in our riding through Celebrate Ontario will provide the economic support and stability our community needs, said Clark.
Ontario is investing $9.75 million to support more than 250 festivals and events taking place throughout the year in communities across the province, including Blockbuster events.