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Celebrate Ontario 2017


The Celebrate Ontario 2017 program comprises three categories:

    Celebrate Ontario 2017 and Celebrate Ontario 2017 Multi-Year provide project-based programming and marketing funding to new or existing Ontario events to enhance programs, activities and services and support innovations that will lead to long-term improvements, sustainability and the attraction of additional tourists. Existing large events with cash operating expenses of at least $1 million can apply for multi-year (two-year) funding for fiscal year 2017-18 and fiscal year 2018-19. Applicants must demonstrate how their event will:

o increase attendance and geographic reach.

o increase tourist visitation and expenditures.

o improve quality and sustainability.

o strengthen Ontario's tourism brand image throughout Canadian and international markets.

o facilitate overnight stays by visitors to a community through the development and marketing of overnight packages (e.g., theatre/hotel/restaurant discounts) and incentives.

o attract in-province overnight and out-of-province visitation in Ontario.

    Celebrate Ontario Blockbuster consists of two streams. The Event Bid stream and the Event Hosting stream support bidding costs and hosting costs, respectively, 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 be of a size and scope sufficient to draw tourists to Ontario’s communities, attract significant media exposure, and profile Ontario’s destinations nationally and globally. Blockbuster events must have a cash operating budget of at least $1 million.

Frequently Asked Questions

Review the frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the Celebrate Ontario program.

Successful Applicants

View the 2017-18 Celebrate Ontario event listings.


The deadline for Celebrate Ontario 2017 and Celebrate Ontario 2017 Multi-Year program applications closed on November 8, 2016.

Details on the Celebrate Ontario 2018 program will be posted at a later date. Please check this page for future details.

Celebrate Ontario Blockbuster is still open. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis, and must be submitted a minimum of four months prior to an event for Event Hosting applications and a minimum of two months prior to a bid deadline for Event Bid applications.

Eligibility Requirements

For complete details on Celebrate Ontario 2017 program eligibility requirements, please refer to the Celebrate Ontario 2017 application guide or the Celebrate Ontario Blockbuster Application Guide.

Program Guidelines

Celebrate Ontario Blockbuster – Event Bid and Event Hosting

Celebrate Ontario Blockbuster application guide


For technical support, including any computer related issues, please contact:


  • In Toronto: (416) 325-6691
  • Toll Free: 1-855-216-3090


Celebrate Ontario applicants with cash operating budgets less than $1 million may direct telephone or e-mail enquiries to a Regional Tourism Advisor.

Celebrate Ontario applicants who require services in French may direct enquiries to Renée Ruel, Senior Development Consultant (bilingual), by telephone at (416) 325-9554 or email at renee.ruel@ontario.ca.

Celebrate Ontario 2017 applicants and Celebrate Ontario 2017 Multi-Year applicants with event cash operating expenses of $1 million or more may direct enquiries to Céline Pagnoud, Senior Program Consultant, by telephone at (416) 314-3435 or email at celine.pagnoud@ontario.ca.

Celebrate Ontario Blockbuster Event Bid and Event Hosting applicants may direct enquiries to Robert Sweeting, Manager (A), by telephone at (416) 325-7426 or via email at robert.sweeting@ontario.ca.

Last updated: March 6, 2017