Supporting Five Local Festivals and Events in Hamilton

Published on May 28, 2019

Celebrate Ontario Program Creates Jobs and Supports Local Tourism

Hamilton – The Ontario government is working to create jobs and boost local tourism by investing in five festivals and events in Hamilton.

Donna Skelly, MPP for Flamborough-Glanbrook announced today that the following festivals and events in Hamilton are receiving a total of nearly $292,000 in funding through the Celebrate Ontario program:

  • Liquid Art Festival, June 14th & 15th
  • ArtsFest, June 21st to June 23rd
  • Hamilton Fringe Festival, July 17th to July 28th
  • Ancaster Fair, Sept 19th to Sept 22nd
  • AGH Film Festival, October 17th to 27th

This is in addition to the $250,000 grant to the 2019 RBC Canadian Open that was announced last week.

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.

“Our government recognizes the important contributions that festivals and events make to Hamilton’s economy”, said Skelly. “I am very pleased we are supporting these five festivals as they continue to draw visitors from across the province and provide a positive economic impact to our community.”

Shelley Falconer, AGH President and CEO, was delighted with the news. “The Art Gallery of Hamilton has enjoyed some amazing success in the past year attracting audiences from well outside the Hamilton, including visitors from the U.S.”, said Falconer. “Our annual Film Fest has been a real contributor to this and over the last decade has become one of the largest film festivals in Ontario. We are thrilled to be supported by Celebrate Ontario, and look forward to making real leaps with this year’s festival.”

“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 Michael Tibollo, Minister of Tourism, Culture, and Sport. “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.

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.