Government of Canada supports arts and culture in Greater Toronto Area


Today, Julie Dzerowicz, Member of Parliament for Davenport, on behalf of the Honourable Helena Jaczek, Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), announced a Government of Canada investment of over $1.4 million, delivered by FedDev Ontario, for five arts and culture projects. With this Tourism Relief Fund investment, recipients will produce creative and cultural events, showcasing the works of local artists and attracting both tourists and artists back to the Greater Toronto Area.

Projects with funding
Recipient Name Project Funding contribution Fund
Hot Docs This project will support marketing to attract filmmakers, press and high-profile guests to the Hot Docs Festival and increase staffing. $162,820 TRF
Ontario Culture Days This project will support the development of a suite of free digital travel itineraries for communities across Ontario including collaborations with Indigenous and Black-led cultural destinations. $500,000 TRF
The Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival This project will support website development and installation of a series of 22 outdoor public art projects. $140,000 TRF
The Toronto Biennial of Art This project provided visitors safe access to free exhibitions and programs through a hybrid programming format that featured over 100 artworks and dozens of public programs by artists from 18+ places of origin. $500,000 TRF
Toronto Outdoor Art Fair This project will allow the organization to host a three-day in-person showcase of more than 300 artists and a 10-day online national showcase of more than 350 artists. $130,000 TRF

Quick Facts

  • Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival (Hot Docs) is North America's largest documentary festival, conference and market, presenting over 200 cutting-edge films from around the world. Hot Docs' activities, including non-festival activities, generate nearly 660 jobs and $19.4 million in tax revenue annually. Hot Docs will return April/May 2023.
  • Ontario Culture Days is a national celebration of arts and culture that takes place each fall. Millions of people attend thousands of free participatory arts and culture events across the country, both in-person and online. From September 24 to October 24, 2021, Ontario Culture Days supported over 3,000 free events that engaged more than 3.4 million participants virtually and in person. Ontario Culture Days will take place between September 23 and October 16, 2022.
  • Established in 1997, CONTACT is a not-for-profit organization celebrating the art and profession of photography, and hosts the annual Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, which typically sees more than 1.5 million visitors, including 400,000 tourists from outside of the city. The event took place in May 2022.
  • The Toronto Biennial of Art is Canada's leading visual arts event focused exclusively on contemporary art from around the world. For 10 weeks, every two years, local, national and international Biennial artists transform Toronto and its partner regions with free exhibitions, performances and learning opportunities. In 2019, the event generated $29 million in visitor spending and contributed $17 million directly into the Toronto economy. The event took place between March 26 and June 5, 2022.
  • Toronto Outdoor Art Fair is the charitable not-for-profit organization behind Canada's largest and longest-running annual contemporary art fair, showcasing 300+ curated visual artists and makers at Nathan Phillips Square every July. Each year, the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition welcomes 130,000 art lovers and collectors who come to downtown Toronto to discover artworks and new talents resulting in a positive economic impact of $3 million. The Toronto Outdoor Art Fair will take place July 15 to 17, 2022, at Nathan Philips Square and July 8 to 17 online.

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