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Celebrate Ontario 2020

The 2020 Celebrate Ontario program is now closed. The application deadline was Tuesday, January 21st, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time).

Applicants will be notified of the status of their applications in spring 2020.

Ontario offers the world in one province. Festivals and events bring people together, showcase authentic Ontario experiences, and support our diverse and thriving communities.

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.

For complete details on the Celebrate Ontario 2020 program, please refer to the Application Guide.

The Celebrate Ontario 2020 At a Glance document also provides an overview of Celebrate Ontario.


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

The Celebrate Ontario Blockbuster category supports costs related to hosting major one-time events or infrequently recurring events that do not recur annually or biennially in Ontario, but travel nationally or internationally to host destinations.

Blockbuster-supported 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 the start date of the event via the Transfer Payment Ontario System.

For more information, please review the Blockbuster Application Guide.

For questions about Blockbuster funding, contact: Renée Ruel at 416 898-9035

Technical Support

Contact Transfer Payment Ontario Customer Care:

• Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (EST)
• Toronto: 416 325-6691
• Toll Free: 1-855 216-3090
• TTY/Teletypewriter (for the hearing impaired): 416 325-3408 or Toll Free: 1-800 268-7095
• Email: TPONCC@ontario.ca

Last updated: January 22, 2020