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Ontario Supports Festivals and Events in Nipissing

May 17, 2019

NORTH BAY – Ontario’s government for the people is working to create jobs and boost local tourism by investing in festivals and events in Nipissing.

MPP Vic Fedeli announced today that the following festivals and events in Nipissing are receiving support through the Celebrate Ontario program:

  • $49,500 for Smoke ‘N’ Spurs Festival in Powassan Labour Day weekend
  • $20,000 for Mattawa Voyageur Days in July

As well,  the International Plowing Match & Rural Expo in Verner in September is receiving $250,000.

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 Fedeli. “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.

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