Ontario Supporting Cultural Tourism and Local Events in Mississauga

Published on May 21, 2021

Province supporting local economies and creating jobs

MISSISSAUGA – The Ontario government is strengthening and growing cultural tourism by supporting local arts and culture organizations in Mississauga.

Today, Rudy Cuzzetto, MPP for Mississauga-Lakeshore, announced that through the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund (OCAF), the province is supporting the MonstrARTity Creative Community with $90,000. This funding will help them to develop, promote, and present the 2021 Bollywood Monster Mashup.

“Ontario’s heritage, sport, tourism and culture industries were among the first and hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic – and will take the longest to recover,” said the Honourable Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries. “To support the province’s economic and social recovery, it is critical that our government continues to support organizations that are finding new ways to engage with and reconnect Ontarians, while preserving jobs and supporting local economies. Our investments through the OCAF program continue to have spectacular cultural and economic benefits that help to strengthen our culture and tourism sectors in local communities across the province.”

“The volunteers at MonstrARTity have worked tirelessly to enrich the lives of people in our community, including some of our most vulnerable, at a very difficult time for everyone,” said Cuzzetto. “Through the Cultural Attractions Fund, our government is ensuring that they will be able to safely present a hybrid 10-year anniversary celebration of the Bollywood Monster Mashup, now the largest South Asian festival in Canada, with limited attendance at Mississauga Celebration Square, and a wide range of virtual activities.”

Other projects being funded in Mississauga include $45,000 for the Canadian Arabic Orchestra, and $25,000 for Carassauga.

The Ontario Cultural Attractions (OCAF) Fund has pivoted to support a variety of online events and experiences, ensuring culture and tourism experiences remain accessible across the province during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund program offers an impressive return on the province’s investment. The funds are provided in the form of partially repayable loans and repayment of these funds help support future projects. This means that repayments replenish the fund and allow OCAF to invest in even more projects.

For more information on the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund, and a full list of recipients, please visit the OCAF website.


Quick Facts

  • Since 2018, the government has provided over $8 million to 111 organizations through the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund.
  • Cultural tourism events that receive support through OCAF have a big impact in Ontario communities and range from large art and music festivals to smaller events that celebrate local culture and heritage.


Additional Resources



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