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  • August 24, 2017

Investing in Festivals and Events to Boost Tourism across Ontario

Provincial Support for Events Will Create Jobs, Grow Local Economy

Ontario is supporting festivals and events in Quinte West this year to showcase the province as a vibrant place to live and visit during Ontario’s 150th anniversary.

Lou Rinaldi, M.P.P. for Northumberland-Quinte West announced today that Trenton Scottish Irish Festival would be receiving $16,500 in support through the Celebrate Ontario 2017 program.

The province is supporting 304 festivals and events that celebrate Ontario’s diversity, heritage and culture. This support allows festival and event organizers to enhance their programming, activities and services so that they can draw more tourists and create jobs in communities across the province.

The program is also recognizing the importance of rural and northern festivals and events in Ontario, which plays a vital role in local economies. This year, 126 distinct festivals and events supported by the Celebrate Ontario program will take place in rural or northern areas, and will showcase the diverse traditions that make these communities so unique.

Investing in local festivals and events is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.


“Our local festivals and events attract visitors and showcase our community as a great place to live and visit. I am proud that the Celebrate Ontario program is supporting the Trenton Scottish Irish Festival that celebrates and promotes Celtic culture and heritage.  This funding program continues to help festivals and events offer new and exciting programming so they can continue to grow and thrive.”

—        Lou Rinaldi, M.P.P., Northumberland-Quinte West

“The Trenton Scottish Irish Festival is a signature event for the City of Quinte West and we are pleased the Province of Ontario has chosen to invest in its continued growth. This year will be an exceptional year for the festival as we prepare to host the Canadian Scottish Athletic Federation Women’s Heavy Event Championship.”

-                 Jim Harrison, Mayor, City of Quinte West

“Festivals and events bring local communities together, commemorate our heritage and celebrate the vibrancy of our province, which is especially important as we celebrate Ontario’s 150th anniversary this year. I am thrilled that our government continues to make important investments through the Celebrate Ontario program that create good local jobs and draw people from around the world to discover all that our province has to offer.” 

—        Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport


- Ontario is investing more than $19 million in the Celebrate Ontario program to support 304 festivals and events, the highest number in the history of the program.

- Ontario is also supporting more than 360 exciting local initiatives through the Community Celebration Program that will bring communities together to celebrate the province’s 150th anniversary.

- As part of the commitment made in Ontario’s Tourism Action Plan, the government improved the Celebrate Ontario program to further streamline the application process, focus on results and improve alignment to better support communities across Ontario.


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For further information contact:

Lou Rinaldi, M.P.P.

Northumberland-Quinte West




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