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July 7, 2016: Provincial Report; Support for ‘Canada’s Festival Capital’.

July 7, 2016: Provincial Report;
Support for ‘Canada’s Festival Capital’.

By Yasir Naqvi, MPP Ottawa Centre.

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As summer rolls around it doesn’t take long to realize how many events, concerts and festivals Ottawa has to offer. From young and old, to the most culturally diverse, our city truly offers a flavour for everyone.

I am proud to say the Ontario government is supporting arts and culture in ‘Canada’s Festival Capital’. This year, through the Celebrate Ontario grant, 25 Ottawa-area festivals and events received around $2.2 million.

Some of the key summer festivals supported include Glowfair Festival, Cracking-up the Capital Comedy Festival, Bluesfest, Ottawa International Writers Festival, Chamberfest, and Festival Franco-Ontarien.

Beyond the major investment from Ontario’s Celebrate fund, Ottawa’s music sector specifically is getting major funding too. Through the Ontario Music Fund, more than $500,000 is being invested to support CityFolk Festival, Ottawa Music Industry Coalition and Arboretum Arts Festival among others.

Since 1986, Folk Music Ontario, which was separately awarded a $45,125, has promoted traditional, contemporary and multicultural folk music by offering annual meetings, a presenters’ network, professional development workshops and a newsletter for its membership.

Ontario is also supporting the sports industry in Ottawa. This year, there are six recipient organizations for the Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund in Ottawa Centre.

Among the grant winners is the Ottawa Sport Council, the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (Ottawa Valley Chapter), and Plant Pool Recreation Association. A total of around $250,000 was given to the six recipients in Ottawa Centre to coordinate and implement different physical-activity related programs targeting youth, seniors, low-income and disabled people in our community.

Our community is stronger and more united through the happiness and well-being of everyone living in it. As a government, we are dedicated to giving everyone access to a high quality of life. Whether that is catching your favourite band at Bluesfest, watching the Dragon Boat races at Mooney’s Bay or enrolling your children in specialized programming, the life, culture and physical health of our community is something I have always been passionate about.

If you have any questions about any of the above funding or want a more detailed look at event funding, please do not hesitate to contact my office at: ynaqvi.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org or 613-722-6414 . If you know of any events this summer that you would like me to be a part of, please also get in touch. Wishing you all the best in the many warm days to come.

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