FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THURSDAY, JULY 23, 2020
BELLEVILLE– Today, Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries, met Todd Smith, MPP for Bay of Quinte, at the Glanmore National Historic Site to announce more than $630,000 in funding to help propel the local arts and tourism sectors.
"Our sectors were hit first, the hardest and will take the longest to recover,” said Minister MacLeod. “As our government moves forward with reopening the province, we are proud to support numerous organizations that build up our unique communities and put our tourism industry on a path to recovery.”
Since the COVID-19 pandemic began in March, the government has continued to invest in Ontario’s tourism and creative sectors. Through Community Museum Operating Grants, the Celebrate Ontario program, and the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the government has invested more than $280,000 to enrich local and visitor experiences. Local examples include:
- $34,293 to support the Glanmore National Historic Site
- $25,664 to the Festival Players' of Prince Edward County to support their 2020 theatre season
- $27,550 to the Empire Theatre to support their Rockfest event
- $11,965 to support the Mariners Park Museum
- $29,183 to support the Macaulay Heritage Park
“Arts and culture are vital to the wellness of our Bay of Quinte community and they provide a demonstrable economic benefit as tourism drivers,” said MPP Smith. “I’m pleased that our government recognizes this and continues to prioritize support for these industries as we collectively work to overcome the uncertainty of this pandemic.”
Additional funding to deliver locally driven tourism marketing programs was also made possible through a partnership between Destination Ontario and Destination Canada designed to incentivize Ontarians to explore their local communities. The local Regional Tourism Organization has received $350,000 to deliver a much-needed boost to businesses.
Our government is committed to continuing its work with our province’s tourism and arts sectors to ensure that as the economy gradually reopens, Ontario will be in the best position to welcome the world back to our province.