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  • April 21, 2013

Ontario Helping Guelph’s Festivals and Events Grow

Ontario Government Strengthens Local Tourism and Job Creation

The Ontario government is giving Guelph’s festivals and events a boost to help drive tourism, create jobs and generate economic activity in the region.

Through Celebrate Ontario the government is providing support to 203 festivals and events in 2013, including the a grant of $75,000 to the Guelph Jazz Festival. These investments will help organizers enhance programming and services, attract new audiences and create local jobs.

By showcasing our diversity, heritage and culture, Ontario’s local festivals and events make our province a more attractive place to visit. They also offer affordable and accessible options for families looking to explore their province.

Helping festivals and events grow is part of the new Ontario government’s efforts to build a strong economy and vibrant communities.


“Festivals like the Guelph Jazz Festival, with its award winning record of quality programming, draw visitors from near and far, generating more local business and creating local jobs. Celebrate Ontario Funding for local festivals is one way that theOntariogovernment supports the arts and economic growth inGuelph.”

— Liz Sandals, MPP Guelph

“Local festivals and events help makeOntarioa great travel destination and provide another reason for Ontarians and visitors alike to explore and experience all our province has to offer. Our government is proud to help boost tourism inOntariowhile also creating jobs in communities.”

— Michael Chan, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport

"Festivals and events are important to Guelph and communities across Ontario.  Celebrate Ontario grants are an incredibly effective way to enhance the quality of those festivals and events, and that means more visitors — visitors who stay longer and contribute to local economies."

– Gary Masters, Executive Director, Festivals and Events Ontario

"The Guelph Jazz Festival is thrilled to receive support from the Provincial Government through Celebrate Ontario. The program will enable the Festival to launch the World Artist Summit, a new initiative that extends the reach of the Festival to a global audience while promoting cultural tourism in the City of Guelph."

—Julie Dawn Smith, Executive Director, Guelph Jazz Festival


  • Every year, festivals and events generate more than 22,000 jobs in Ontario.
  • In 2011, Ontario's tourism reached over $23 billion and supported over 300,000 direct and indirect jobs.
  • Festivals and events that received 2011 Celebrate Ontario funding reported an increase of 1.1 million visitors and over $165 million in visitor spending over 2010.
  • Since 2007 Celebrate Ontario has supported almost 1,000 festivals and events.


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 For more information, please contact:

Jenny Waterston

Office of Liz Sandals, MPP

(519) 836-4190



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