Ontario Invests in Safe, Innovative Festivals and Events - RTO 9

Ontario Invests in Safe, Innovative Festivals and Events

2021 Reconnect Festival and Event program recipients announced

The Ontario government is providing $43 million to support 439 festivals and events through the Reconnect Festival and Event Program, representing a record number of supported events in the program’s 14-year history. The Reconnect program (known as Celebrate Ontario prior to the COVID-19 pandemic) was developed to help festival and event organizers adapt to new public health measures with virtual, drive-through, and other safe offerings.

This investment includes $6 million to Celebrate Ontario Blockbuster events which support municipalities and organizations to host large-scale, high-impact signature events that draw significant tourist attendance and increase tourist spending. It is estimated that the impact of 2021/22 Celebrate Ontario Blockbuster and Reconnect Festival & Event Program investment will generate over $1 billion in economic benefit across the province.

Congrats to the following festivals and events that will take place throughout South Eastern Ontario: Cornwall World Junior A Hockey Challenge, Kingston Canadian Festival, Black Creek Rodeo SDG, Comedy County PEC, Cornwall Art Aalk, Film X Design, PEC ICE BOX Art in The Heart of Winter , Kingston Ribfest, Live From the Empire: BOQ, Love Kingston, Music in the Square, Kingston, Open Farms Frontenac County & Kingston, 1000 Islands Cruise and Car Show, The Firelight Lantern festival PEC, Kick and Push Festival Kingston, Brockville The River of Lights, The Six Feet Festival PEC.

For more information on the program, please click here

For the full news release, please click here.