NEWS - For immediate release Jan. 11, 2022
[HURON-BRUCE] – Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson is encouraging local festival and event organizers to apply for the provincial government’s newly announced Reconnect Ontario fund.
The province is investing $20 million to provide support to municipalities and festival and event organizers that are creating innovative ways to help Ontarians reconnect with their communities once it is safe to do so.
“While we all have been impacted by the pandemic, tourism, sporting and cultural events have been especially hit hard,” Thompson said. “That’s why this program is important to help them continue to operate and celebrate together with the community.”
Funding may be used for eligible expenses such as programming and production, promotion, mobile applications and website development, and implementation of health and safety measures.
Thompson said that by providing continuing support to festivals and events through the Reconnect Ontario program, the province is delivering a much-needed boost to help maximize the growth and competitiveness of Ontario’s tourism sector as it begins to recover from the ongoing economic and societal effects of COVID-19.
The program aims to support innovative events in Ontario that will:
- offer safe experiences that encourage people to travel locally, participate and rediscover the beauty and diversity of all that Ontario communities have to offer
- draw tourists and local visitors, whether in-person or virtually, through innovative programming, and generate positive economic impact for the local community, the region and the province
provide job opportunities for Ontarians, particularly in the tourism, culture and entertainment sectors
To be eligible, an event must:
take place between April 1, 2022, and March 31, 2023.
- occur in the province of Ontario (if an in-person event) or be produced in Ontario (if a broadcast or virtual event).
- be open to the public at large without membership in a club or group.
follow all municipal and provincial guidelines, including health and safety guidelines.
“This is a short window to apply, that’s why I wanted to bring it to everyone’s attention,” Thompson said.
Media contact: Jack Sullivan