A Year

This year, the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport supported many outstanding programs, events and initiatives that enhanced the quality of life for residents in Ontario. Here are a few of our 2017 highlights.

revitalization of ontario place

In 2017, we continued with the transformation of Ontario Place into a vibrant, year-round waterfront destination. Projects from this year include the opening of the Trillium Park and William G. Davis Trail, the Cinesphere reopening, making progress on the vision for the West Island and the Celebration Common on the East Island, and year-round events and activities including Winter at Ontario Place.

rowan's law

We are making it safer to play amateur competitive sport. This year, we introduced the proposed Rowan’s Law (Concussion Safety), 2017. If passed, it will make Ontario a national leader in concussion management and prevention.


Working to establish Ontario as a cycling leader in North America, we unveiled Ontario’s first cycling tourism plan, Tour By Bike and announced $1 million in new funding for bike parking and storage at tourism and cultural attractions. Along with the Ministry of Transportation, we also announced the $93 million Ontario Municipal Commuter Cycling Program.


To mark Ontario’s 150th anniversary, we celebrated with over 2,000 events and initiatives supported through the Ontario150 program.

ontario's culture strategy

We strengthened the arts and culture sector by moving forward with the implementation of the Culture Strategy. Actions taken include:

rom weston entrance reopening

To support cultural heritage and increase accessibility at the ROM, we invested $1.5 million in the ROM’s Welcome Project. This project includes the reopening of the Weston Entrance and improvements to the Daphne Cockwell Indigenous Gallery.

ontario trails of distinction

As part of the Ontario Trails Act, 2016, we launched the first Trails Week and named five trails as Ontario Trails of Distinction. The program is designed to raise awareness of Ontario trails, encourage today’s and future generations to use trails and further the development and promotion of trails in Ontario.

support for francophone arts and culture

We are supporting the construction of Place des Arts in Sudbury with a $3.25 million investment from the 2017 budget and a $5 million investment from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund. The new cultural hub will serve as an artistic space for the region’s Francophone community and the city at large.

strategic framework for tourism

As part of the commitments made in Ontario’s Tourism Action Plan, we improved the Celebrate Ontario application process. Through the 2017 Celebrate Ontario program, we invested more than $19 million to support over 300 festivals and events. To highlight Francophone culture and heritage, we unveiled the new Route Champlain which will stretch over 1,500 km.

sport hosting

Through sport hosting, we showcased how sport has the power to challenge, inspire and motivate. Building on the infrastructure and volunteer legacies of the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games, we hosted the Invictus Games and the North American Indigenous Games. We also supported an additional 25 national and international sport events with funding.

funding increase to the arts

As part of our Budget commitment, we announced that the Ontario Arts Council will be receiving $50 million in additional funding delivered over the next four years. Our investment will support arts programs across the province.

women and girls in sport

Providing equal access to opportunities in sport and recreation for women and girls is one of our priorities. To address this, we launched The Advancing Opportunities for Women and Girls in Sport action plan so that women and girls will have more opportunities to participate in sport and reach their full potential.

fun pass

As a result of our enhancements to the 2017 Fun Pass, approximately 44,700 children received free entry at 18 attractions. This provided over $500,000 in savings to Ontario families.

games ontario program

Through the Games Ontario Program, we delivered the successful Cobourg 2017 Ontario 55+ Winter Games and Brantford/County of Brant 2017 Ontario Parasport Games. We also supported Team Ontario, who represented Ontario with pride at this summer’s 2017 Canada Games in Winnipeg.