Celebrate Ontario 2019



The Celebrate Ontario 2019 program is now closed. The deadline to apply for the Celebrate Ontario 2019 program was Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time).

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 2019 program, please refer to Celebrate Ontario 2019 Application Guide.

The Celebrate Ontario At a Glance document also provides an overview of the Celebrate Ontario 2019 program.

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 Grants 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

Please contact Grants Ontario Customer Service:

• 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 / Toll Free: 1-800-268-7095

• E-mail: GrantsOntarioCS@Ontario.ca

Last updated: May 31, 2019