Ontario’s culture sector employs over 270,000 individuals and is one of the province’s fastest growing sectors. Ontario’s culture sector contributes over $25 billion to the economy and has grown by 23 per cent since 2010 — outpacing the growth of some of Ontario’s largest sectors. Culture in Ontario is a broad and diverse sector that includes organizations, companies and individuals such as artists, musicians, writers and actors. Cultural heritage establishments play a key role in the sector as well, including museums, art galleries and historic sites.
The Province will continue its support for arts and culture events through funding programs like the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund, which will help arts and culture organizations drive cultural tourism spending and create new experiences that will make the entire province a more attractive place to visit.
Tourism Culture & Sport
VISION STATEMENT - Ontario's Government for the People is taking a people-first approach to tourism, culture and sport.Working with agencies, community partners and businesses, the government will make strategic investments to embrace and showcase Ontario's heritage and attractions; create conditions for Ontario to be the destination of choice for tourists, and be the best place to play and be an athlete. Investments will provide economic opportunity and prosperity for the people of Ontario.
The government will modernize and review granting programs such as the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Ontario Arts Council and the Ontario Music Fund to make sure that government funding is targeted and delivered efficiently, delivering the best outcomes for the people. The government will continue to make investments in tourism, culture and sports sectors and its agencies, ensuring Ontario is open for business and open for visitors.
Funding for Culture ($ Millions)
2016-17 $1,465 2017-18 $1,585 2018-19 Interim $1,552 2019-20 $1,493