Experience Ontario 2023 Program

Receive up to $125,000 in Grant Funding.

The Experience Ontario 2023 Program will invest a total of $19.5M in one-time funding to support in-person festivals and events that will have an economic impact and generate increased tourism spending.

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Experience Ontario 2023 Program

Amount of Funding

Non-repayable funding up to 50% of eligible costs to a maximum of $125,000.

Amount of Funding from the Canadian Government

Experience Ontario 2023 Program

Eligible Applicants

An applicant may be considered eligible if they fall under the following eligibility requirements:

  • Be an Ontario-based entities in existence since January 2022 or before; and
  • Have a Canadian bank account in the legal name of the applicant at a Canadian financial institution conducting business in Ontario.

In addition, your festival or event must meet all the following requirements:

  • Take place between April 1, 2023, and March 31, 2024, over a minimum of 2 days (one day festivals or events held on Canada day are eligible);
  • Occur in Ontario;
  • Be open to the public at large without membership in a club or group;
  • Be promoted to tourists; and
  • Follow all municipal and provincial guidelines, including health and safety guidelines.
Eligible Applicants for Canadian Government Funding

Experience Ontario 2023 Program

Eligible Activities

To be eligible, projects must meet the following criteria:

  • Offer programming that encourages people to travel, experience events in person and celebrate Ontario;
  • Draw tourists and increase visitor spending through innovative programming in partnership with businesses and community partners;
  • Provide job opportunities for Ontarians in the tourism, culture, and entertainment sectors; and
  • Increase Ontario’s profile through media, social media, or broadcast exposure.
Eligible Expenses for Canadian Government Funding

Experience Ontario 2023 Program

Program Deadline

Application deadline is Friday, April 28, 2023.

Program Deadline for Canadian Government Funding
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