Celebrate Ontario 2019



The Celebrate Ontario 2019 program is now closed. Applications to the Blockbuster funding stream are being accepted on an ongoing basis.

Celebrate Ontario supports programming improvements at new and existing festivals and events that attract tourists for longer stays, create great experiences for visitors and support communities across Ontario.

Please check back for updated information on the 2020 program.

If you have never applied to the Celebrate Ontario main program and would like to be notified when the 2020 program launches, please send an email to Celebrateontario@ontario.ca.

View the 2019-20 Celebrate Ontario event listings.

Celebrate Ontario Blockbuster – Event Bid and Event Hosting

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, and must be submitted a minimum of four months prior to a Tourism Event for Event Hosting applications and a minimum of two months prior to a bid deadline for Tourism Event Bid applications via the Transfer Payment Ontario System.

For more information, please review the Celebrate Ontario Blockbuster Application Guide.


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: contact Luanne Smith at 416-219-3950

• For service in French: contact Safaa Zbib at 647-823-7863

• Celebrate Ontario Blockbuster: contact Renée Ruel at 416-898-9035

Technical Support

For assistance, please contact Transfer Payment Ontario (TPON) Client Care:

• Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time

• Telephone: 416-325-6691 or 1-855-216-3090

• TTY/Teletypewriter (for the hearing impaired): 416-325-3408 / Toll Free: 1-800-268-7095

• E-mail: TPONCC@Ontario.ca

Last updated: September 3, 2019