MPP Michael Chan is pleased to announce that Ontario is supporting three festivals in Markham-Unionville to boost a growing tourism sector, create jobs, and offer Ontario residents and tourists more reasons to discover and explore the province.
“Markham is a uniquely vibrant and diverse community that offers a variety of exciting entertainment experiences for residents and visitors alike. Celebrate Ontario is an important support for our local festivals as they work to become even better, attract more attendees to share in the culture and heritage of which we are so proud, and boost our local economy.”
— Michael Chan, M.P.P., Markham-Unionville
The following festivals are receiving support through the Celebrate Ontario program:
This year, the province is supporting 328 festivals and events, the highest in the history of the program that celebrate Ontario’s diversity, heritage and culture. This investment will enhance programming, activities and services so that festivals and events can offer new experiences, reach new audiences and support jobs in their communities.
This year, 198 festivals and events receiving support will take place in rural or northern areas, and will showcase the diverse traditions that make these communities so unique.
Investing in festivals and events is part of Ontario’s plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.
“Our government’s continued support for festivals and events is an investment in the livelihood of communities all across Ontario. Festivals and events are powerful economic drivers and play an important role in bringing communities together. Our diverse events give visitors and Ontario residents a reason to visit, discover and experience the riches of this wonderful province.”
— Daiene Vernile, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport
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