The Province of Ontario's October has launched the Reconnect Festival and Event Program for eligible festivals and events taking place between August 12, 2020 and March 31, 2021!

TORONTO - Ontario is investing $9 million through the new Reconnect Festival and Event Program to support municipalities and event organizers during COVID-19. This funding will be used to maintain public safety requirements and allow people to reconnect with their communities through online, drive-through and other innovative experiences. Organizers will be developing creative programs such as virtual Remembrance Day events, reverse holiday parades with drive-by static floats, drive-in music concerts and movies, holiday tree lightings and New Year's Eve displays that light-up iconic buildings.

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.

The application period for the Reconnect Festival and Event Program runs from October 8 to December 1, 2020.

Quick Facts

  • The Reconnect Festival and Event Program is open to organizers with a minimum $50,000 operating budget and the capacity to safely reconnect Ontarians with their communities.
  • Tourism is a key economic driver in Ontario, supporting more than 400,000 jobs and generating over $36 billion in spending.
  • This year, through Celebrate Ontario, the government invested $9.75 million to support more than 250 festivals and events in communities across the province, including Blockbuster events.

For information on program eligibility, funding priorities and program details, please visit

Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis, until the program closes on Tuesday, December 1st at 5:00 p.m. (EST).

Tourism Advisors with the Province of Ontario are available to assist  with questions about the Reconnect Festival and Event Program application process.


The Province of Ontario's News Release can be viewed here:

Provincial funding opportunities can be viewed here: