City of Toronto announces recipients of Cultural Festivals Funding Program and increased funding for cultural organizations outside of downtown

Press release

April 25, 2022

The City of Toronto has announced the recipients of the new Cultural Festivals Funding Program (CFFP) and increased funding for cultural organizations outside the downtown core.

Mayor John Tory announced the cultural funding at the annual Mayor’s Arts Luncheon, hosted by the Toronto Arts Foundation, which returned for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic.

The new CFFP will provide $2 million to 37 cultural festivals, 32 of which have never received regular funding from the City. The CFFP, which aims to increase the accessibility, accountability and transparency of the City’s funding for cultural festivals, is one of the ways the City supports the economic recovery of the arts and culture sector, as well as marginalized communities, businesses and community event organizations that have been impacted by COVID. -19. This is the first round of funding for this new program.

The City also announced a one-time $400,000 increase in funding to arts organizations outside of downtown that provide accessible public programming. Recipients of this funding include the Nia Center for the Arts, RISE Edutainment, the Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto, and the Network of Local Critical Arts Service Organizations.

The base funding of $1.78 million for the CFFP is included in the 2022 operating budget submission for Economic Development and Culture (EDC). Funding for this program includes annual operating commitments of $1.28 million that were made to organizations previously funded under the festivals component of the large cultural organizations program, plus an increase of $700,000 that was approved in EDC’s 2020 and 2021 operating budgets. In 2020, this increased funding was disbursed through the one-time CFFP. In 2021, it was awarded to arts organizations creating cultural animation in the public realm during the pandemic as part of the City’s ShowLoveTO initiative.

The City’s investment in these organizations and festivals reflects the importance the City places on its arts sector and its recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

More information on arts and culture grants can be found on the City’s Arts and Culture Grants webpage.


“We know that cultural festivals and the programs they offer play an important role not only in representing the many diverse communities that call Toronto home, but also in helping to create a more liveable and vibrant city. As we move forward with our reopening, this funding will help boost the local economy as we welcome the return of in-person events and programming this spring and summer.

– Mayor John Tory

“Cultural festivals and programming are essential fuel for the spirit of our multicultural city. We have listened carefully to artists and arts organizations in Toronto. Their contribution allows us to propose initiatives that accelerate the recovery of the sector and support its efforts to revitalize the city.

– Deputy Mayor Michael Thompson (Scarborough Centre), Chair of the Economic and Community Development Committee

Toronto is home to more than 2.9 million people whose diversity and experiences make this great city Canada’s main economic engine and one of the most diverse and livable cities in the world. As the fourth largest city in North America, Toronto is a world leader in technology, finance, film, music, culture and innovation, and ranks consistently at the top of international rankings thanks to investments supported by its government, residents and businesses. For more information, visit the City’s website or follow us on TwitterInstagram or Facebook.

Comments are closed.