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Celebrate Ontario


Program Status

The Celebrate Ontario 2018 main program is now closed.

Please continue to check this page for details on the Celebrate Ontario 2019 program.

Previous applicants to the Celebrate Ontario program will receive an email notification when the 2019 program launches. If you are not a past applicant, and are interested in receiving a program launch notification, please send an email to CelebrateOntario@ontario.ca.

Program Objective

Celebrate Ontario is an annual program that helps grow tourism in Ontario by making it easier for festival and event organizers to offer new and improved experiences that will attract more tourists and increase visitor spending.

Celebrate Ontario Blockbuster

The Blockbuster funding stream supports costs related to bidding for and hosting major one-time events or infrequently recurring events that do not recur annually in Ontario, but travel nationally or internationally to host destinations.

Blockbuster events must have cash operating expenses of at least $1 million.

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. Event hosting applications must be submitted via the Grants Ontario System a minimum of four months prior to a tourism event, and a minimum of two months prior to a tourism event bid deadline.

For complete details on Celebrate Ontario Blockbuster eligibility requirements please refer to the Celebrate Ontario Blockbuster Application Guide.

Celebrate Ontario 2018 Successful Applicants

View the 2018-19 Celebrate Ontario event listings.


Program Contacts

• Tourism Events with cash operating expenses of less than $1 million: contact your Tourism Advisor

• Tourism Events with cash operating expenses of $1 million or more or for service in French: contact Luanne Smith at 416-219-3950

• Celebrate Ontario Blockbuster: contact Robert Sweeting at 416-898-9035

Technical Support

Please contact Grants Ontario Customer Service:

- Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

- Toronto: (416) 325-6691

- Toll Free: 1-855-216-3090

- E-mail - GrantsOntarioCS@Ontario.ca

Last updated: October 9, 2018