Ontario Investing $6 million in Cultural Tourism

[Source: Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport]

I am pleased to announce that our government is investing $6 million over three years into the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund (OCAF) to continue to grow cultural tourism in Ontario.

This continued funding, beginning this year, will support arts and cultural organizations to develop, promote, and present unique events and exhibitions that bring visitors to communities across the province. The investment aligns with the goals of Ontario’s Culture Strategy, which our government launched in July 2016.

We understand the importance of cultural tourism as a strong economic driver for Ontario communities that generates tourism revenues and jobs. Last month, we announced support for 36 art and cultural events taking place this spring and summer, including the opening of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Toronto, the Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival in Ottawa, and the Northern Lights Festival Boréal in Sudbury.

Through our ongoing commitment to art and cultural organizations, we will continue to showcase our vibrant cultural sector, create jobs, build local economies, and attract visitors from around the world to discover Ontario.

With kind regards,

Daiene Vernile

Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport