PROVINCIAL UPDATE: Ontario Invests in the Future of Francophone Tourism

The Ontario government is investing more than $2 million to support Francophone tourism across the province, ensuring Ontario’s Francophone community continues to contribute to the province’s diverse tourism sector. This funding will support a wide range of Francophone initiatives, such as safe public performances, safe in-person Francophone festivals, and locally driven marketing campaigns to strengthen the Francophone tourism industry.

The investments include:

  • More than $1.5 million through the Ontario Arts Council to support 36 organizations throughout the province that offer safe public performances and activities of interest to Francophone tourists, such as Galerie du Nouvel-Ontario, La Nouvelle Scène Gilles Desjardins and Le Théâtre la Tangente.
  • Nearly $300,000 through Celebrate Ontario and the Reconnect Festival and Event Program to support 14 virtual and safe in-person Francophone festivals across the province that contribute to local economies and enrich quality of life across the province, such as Bonjour Printemps, Festival Jeunesse en ligne and le FrancoFEST.
  • $250,000 to support Société économique de l’Ontario – a leader in Ontario’s Francophone and bilingual economic sector that includes:
    • $100,000 through a partnership between Destination Ontario and Destination Canada to develop and deliver locally driven marketing campaigns to strengthen the Francophone tourism industry.
    • $150,000 through the Grants in Support of Tourism Regions – Pan-regional Fund that will be used to research and develop tools to support the recovery of the Francophone tourism industry.
  • $75,000 through the Tourism Economic and Development Recovery Fund to support Le Centre culturel ARTEM to develop new and safe Indigenous and Francophone tourism experiences in northeastern Ontario, such as a guided hike to a local sacred space or an ice fishing trip.

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