White Paper released by Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture

Published on December 21, 2020

When the COVID-19 outbreak began, Ontario’s heritage, sport, tourism and culture industries were among the first and hardest hit – these industries are now facing a combined $20-billion economic fallout – and will be among the last to recover.

Ongoing revenue losses, low attendance, and new expenses as well as public health and safety protocols continue to threaten these industries and the hundreds of thousands of jobs they provide.

The Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries represents a diverse set of sectors with an economic impact of $75 billion and contributes to a significant double bottom line: strong economic growth, and a resilient cultural fabric that reflects the diversity and strength of Ontario’s communities – the world in one province.

That’s why we are asking our partners in the heritage, tourism, sports, and arts and culture sectors for their feedback on a White Paper that will inform the development a strategic five-year plan – to be released in spring 2021.

A clear roadmap, informed by our partners, for the future of these important sectors is needed to ensure their short-, medium- and long-term recovery.

This White Paper is more than a plan to support and strengthen a set of sector – it is a plan to support and strengthen the entire province as a plan to live in, to work in, to visit, to explore – as a place all of us can be proud to call home.

The true strength of Ontario lies in our people: our resiliency, our creativity, our generosity – the Ontario spirit is stronger than any virus. This was true before the pandemic, it is true today, and it will be true long after COVID-19 is simply a chapter in the history books.

Since Day 1 of the pandemic, the health and well-being of Ontarians has remained the government’s No. 1 priority.

For the White Paper document, click here