Major Festivals and Events Support Initiative in British Columbia

This program is now closed.

Major festivals and events are key levers of economic activity in communities across the country. They attract international tourists, position Canada and its regions as destinations of choice, encourage investment in Canadian tourism assets and create jobs.

The Major Festivals and Events Support Initiative (MFESI) supports major Canadian festivals and events that have been hit hard by the economic impacts of COVID-19 to adapt and enhance their activities as the economy recovers. With a national budget of $200 million over 2 years, the initiative will ensure continued operations and maintain local jobs in surrounding communities.

This initiative complements the $200 million investment that will be delivered by Canadian Heritage, to support local festivals and community cultural events, outdoor theatre performances, heritage celebrations, local museums, amateur sport events and more.

Eligible festivals and events

Major, recurring festivals and events with annual revenues exceeding $10 million.

Ineligible festivals and events

Examples of activities that cannot be supported:

Eligible activities

Types of financial assistance

COVID safety

The safety and security of Canadians remains this government’s top priority. In order to qualify for the fund, organizations must commit to respecting important safety guidelines when open.

For more information

For more information on this initiative, contact your local office. If you are not eligible for this initiative, our advisors may be able to provide advice and help guide you towards other available sources of funding.

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