RBC Canadian Open Scores Major Ontario Tourism Grant

Published on May 24, 2019

Celebrate Ontario Program Creates Jobs and Supports Local Tourism


Ontario’s government for the people is working to create jobs and boost local tourism in the City of Hamilton.

Donna Skelly, MPP for Flamborough-Glanbrook, announced today that the 2019 RBC Canadian Open, being held at the Hamilton Golf and Country Club from June 3rd through 9th, is receiving support with a $250,000 grant through the Celebrate Ontario program.

Celebrate Ontario supports festivals and events of all sizes to reach new audiences, improve the programs for visitors, benefit local economies and create new jobs. According to past recipients, every dollar invested through Celebrate Ontario results in almost $21 of visitor spending.

“Ontario is open for business and open for jobs. By investing in festivals and events, our government is tapping into the economic potential of the tourism industry,” said Minister Tibollo.“ As we develop Ontario’s new tourism strategy, we will continue to invest in programs like Celebrate Ontario that help to maximize the growth and competitiveness of the great festivals and events that take place throughout the province.”

This year, to help reduce red tape and the administrative burden for organizers, Ontario has streamlined the application process to make it easier to apply for funding.

“Our government recognizes the important contributions that festivals and events make to Hamilton’s economy. This support from Celebrate Ontario will help Golf Canada enhance the RBC Canadian Open that give Hamiltonians and visitors alike new ways to experience culture right here in our own backyard,” said MPP Skelly.

“We couldn’t be happier to see the Government of Ontario provide this kind of support to the 2019 RBC Canadian Open”, said Bryan Crawford, Canadian Open Tournament Director. “The money will help deliver a premium festival experience and world-class golf championship, and we are looking forward to another great year!”

Celebrate Ontario supports festivals and events taking place throughout the year.


  • Ontario is investing over $13 million in over 250 festivals and events in communities across the province, plus another $4 million in additional funding for Blockbuster events.
  • The latest data from 2016 indicates that tourism supported nearly 390,000 jobs and generated over $34 billion of economic activity in Ontario.
  • The tourism industry is one of the world’s fastest-growing industries.
  • The tourism sector has experienced year-on-year increases in visitor spending of nearly six per cent.