Ontario Delivering Much-Needed Support to Mississauga's Arts Sector

Published on March 02, 2021

Funding for arts organizations and artists will help cover losses due to COVID-19

MISSISSAUGA – The Ontario government is supporting the arts sector with a one-time investment of $25 million to help artists and arts organizations remain solvent and prepare for a time when they can fully re-open their facilities, resume full programming and welcome back their visitors and audiences as a result of COVID-19.

Rudy Cuzzetto, MPP for Mississauga-Lakeshore, announced today that MonstrARTity in Mississauga-Lakeshore will receive $39,008 through the Arts Recovery Support Fund.

“Ontario’s arts sector, like so many of the province’s heritage, sport, tourism and culture industries, was among the first and hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. It is a ‘high-touch’ sector that depends on gatherings of people, and will take the longest to recover,” said Minister MacLeod. “That is why I am proud that our government is providing much-needed support through initiatives like the Arts Recovery Support Fund. Arts and cultural festivals, live musicians, writers, filmmakers, art galleries, and dance and theatre companies are vital to the cultural fabric of this province. They also play an important role in the mental health and well-being of Ontarians and an equally important role in the province’s economic and social recovery.”

“This support will help organizations like MonstrARTity continue to make important contributions to our community, while building the groundwork for long-term economic recovery,” said Cuzzetto. “Artists and creators have been deeply impacted by the pandemic but continue to work hard every day to keep our communities engaged and connected. Providing the help they need will make a real difference in the lives of individuals in Mississauga and their families.”

This initiative is part of the government’s 2020 Budget, Ontario’s Action Plan: Protect, Support, Recover, the next phase of a comprehensive action plan to respond to the devastating health and economic impacts of COVID-19.

More information about grant programs available to Ontario-based individual artists and arts professionals, ad hoc groups/collectives and organizations, is available on the OAC website.



“We are honoured that Minister MacLeod has asked the Ontario Arts Council to administer this special initiative. While the pandemic has hurt so many in this province, we are grateful the government has recognized the arts sector as one of the most severely affected. The announcement today also underscores the essential contribution the arts will provide to the economic and social recovery of Ontario communities.”

- Rita Davies, Chair of the Ontario Arts Council


Quick Facts

  • Ontario's Action Plan sets out a total of $45 billion in support over three years to make available the necessary health resources to continue protecting people, deliver critical programs and tax measures to support individuals, families and job creators impacted by the virus, and lay the groundwork for a robust long-term economic recovery for the province.
  • The government is building on earlier relief to provide a total of $13.5 billion in direct support for families, workers and employers, in addition to $11.3 billion in cash flow support.
  • The Ontario Arts Council is an agency of the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries that provides grants to Ontario-based individual artists and arts professionals, ad hoc groups/collectives and organizations. Grants support a range of arts activities and disciplines.
  • The OAC offers two types of granting streams: one-time project grants for specific projects, and operating grants to support Ontario-based, not-for-profit arts organizations and for-profit book and magazine publishers.




Additional Resources



Office of Rudy Cuzzetto, MPP
(905) 274-8228