FedDev Ontario is investing more than $11 million to support the Stratford Festival and seven tourism and community infrastructure projects in the Stratford area
The Stratford Shakespearean Festival of Canada (Stratford Festival) is an annual multi-stage festival that runs from April to November. As the largest theater festival in Canada, it welcomes hundreds of thousands of tourists to Stratford each year. Featuring everything from classic to contemporary plays, with an emphasis on Shakespeare, this festival is an important economic driver for the region. Its cancellation in 2020 and its shortened season in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in a significant loss of revenue for Stratford’s local economy. The Government of Canada is committed to revitalizing major events and festivals and the hard-hit tourism industry, while strengthening local communities and economies.
Today, the Honorable Helena Jaczek, Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), announced a non-repayable investment of more than $11.3 million to support the recovery and future growth of the Stratford Shakespearean Festival of Canada, and seven tourism and community infrastructure projects in the region.
A $10 million investment for the Stratford Festival, provided through the Major Events and Festivals Support Initiative (MFESI), enables the Festival to recover from the impacts of the past two years and return to its pre-pandemic scale, positioning it for strong and resilient growth. With this investment, the Stratford Festival will operate in four indoor venues, extend its season and produce a total of 10 plays, five of which are funded through this investment. This support will have positive economic benefits for the tourism and hospitality sectors in the Stratford area.
Additionally, more than $1.3 million, through the Tourism Relief Fund (TRF) and the Canadian Community Revitalization Fund (CRCF), has been announced for seven projects that will improve community infrastructure. or will help tourist entities and communities to safely welcome visitors back to the Stratford area, including The Little Prince Cinema, which has received nearly $100,000 to expand operations to establish a new microcinema facility , which will include two screening rooms. Full details of the project can be found in the backgrounder.