Celebrate Ontario 2019



The Celebrate Ontario 2019 program is open and receiving applications via the Grants Ontario web portal.

Program Objective

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.

Existing events that feature programming improvements, and new events requiring programming support may be eligible for funding. Applications must demonstrate how the Celebrate Ontario project or new event programming will:

• Increase community economic development and business partnerships

• Increase tourist attendance and expenditures

• Meet visitor demand and interests by creating engaging experiences

• Attract overnight stays and out-of-province tourists to a community

• Improve the event’s appeal to tourists.

What’s NEW for Celebrate Ontario 2019?

• Simplified single application form, making it easier to apply to the program.

• Streamlined funding formula applicable to all festival and event budgets.

• Funding support focused on programming improvements and marketing to tourists.

Information Sessions Are Back!

To help with the applications process we are once again offering online information sessions that will be delivered via webinar and teleconference.

To register for a session, choose your preferred option below:

English: Thursday, November 29, 2018 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (EST)
The November 29th information session is now full. Please choose another available session.

English: Thursday, December 6, 2018 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (EST)
The December 6th information session is now full. Due to popular demand, an additional session on December 13th has been added. Please click on the link below to register.

French: Friday, December 7, 2018 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (EST)

English: Thursday, December 13, 2018 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (EST)

Your Tourism Advisor can help you with any questions you might have about your Celebrate Ontario application.


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

Eligibility Requirements and Program Guidelines

For complete details on Celebrate Ontario 2019 program eligibility requirements and program guidelines, please refer to the Celebrate Ontario 2019 Application Guide.

Applicants apply using the Grants Ontario web portal:

• New applicants: Go to How to Apply?

• Previous Applicants: Log In

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

Celebrate Ontario 2018 Successful Applicants

View the 2018-19 Celebrate Ontario event listings

Celebrate Ontario Blockbuster – Even 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

Applicants are encouraged to consult with their Tourism Advisor prior to submitting an application.

• 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. (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: November 29, 2018