Ontario Supporting Festivals and Events in Dufferin-Caledon

Funding will attract visitors to Dufferin-Caledon and boost local economy

DUFFERIN-CALEDON – The Ontario government is investing over $144,000 through the Experience Ontario 2024 program to support 4 festivals and events in Dufferin-Caledon. This is a part of the $19.5 million investment that is being made in communities across the province to encourage Ontarians to explore all that these communities have to offer – staying longer in local accommodations, eating in restaurants and supporting small businesses.

“Festivals and events play a vital role in strengthening local economies in communities throughout the province,” said Sylvia Jones, MPP for Dufferin-Caledon. “I am pleased that we are supporting event organizers right here at home who are creating innovative experiences that help people engage with their communities while creating jobs and boosting the local economy.” 

The 2024 Orangeville Blues & Jazz Festival received funding of up to $55,000.

“Festivals and events enrich the lives of Ontarians and strengthen local economies,” said Neil Lumsden, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. “I am proud that our government is supporting festival and event organizers through the Experience Ontario 2024 program, helping them to create unique local experiences that will attract visitors, create jobs and promote economic development.”


  • This program, originally established in 2007 as Celebrate Ontario, has invested more than $284 million in over 3,600 Ontario festivals and events.
  • Festivals and events are also supported through the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund (OCAF), which provides eligible organizations with funding for marketing and promotional costs.
  • Tourism makes significant contributions to Ontario’s economy, supporting approximately 360,000 jobs and generating over $35 billion of economic activity.


Heather Grégoire, EA for Sylvia Jones, MPP Dufferin-Caledon