OCAF June Newsletter

Recent Announcements
It has been an exciting several weeks at OCAF, including ongoing virtual programming from OCAF-funded events around the province and announcements of summer festivals and exhibitions we can all look forward to.We are thrilled that Minister MacLeod announced on Friday $4M in OCAF support to 54 events that will be coming up later in the summer, fall and winter, with some that were, out of necessity, postponed to 2022. These OCAF investments, made possible by ongoing funding from the Ministry of Heritage, Sports, Tourism and Culture Industries, will continue to support the culture, arts and tourism organizations across the province through our unique program and strengthen our sector just when it needs support the most.

We also heard positive news about reopening plans for the summer and are all looking forward to getting out to explore the rich diversity of art and culture in the coming months.

Kathleen Sharpe
Executive Director


Government Announces Funding for OCAF

Ontario is providing more than $4 million to 54 cultural tourism organizations through the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund to help develop, promote and present high-quality, high-profile events that strengthen the economies of communities across Ontario.

Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries announced the recipients from the latest rounds of funding.

“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 Minister MacLeod. “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 deliver impressive cultural and economic benefits that help to strengthen our culture and tourism sectors in local communities across the province.”

We are thrilled with this news and are excited to continue supporting many organizations throughout our beautiful province as we begin reopening and enjoying the amazing arts and culture events and activities.

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Ontario Roadmap to Reopening

The Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, has released its Roadmap to Reopen, a three-step plan to safely and cautiously reopen the province and gradually lift public health measures based on the provincewide vaccination rate and improvements in key public health and health care indicators.

It has been an incredibly tough 14 months for heritage, sport, tourism and culture industries which were all hit first, the hardest and are expected to take the longest to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Minister Lisa MacLeod released an industry-specific roadmap, outlining how the reopening plan and its stages will impact the sector.

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Maxine Bailey Appointed Executive Director
of the Canadian Film Centre

Huge congratulations to OCAF board member maxine bailey on her appointment as Executive Director of the Canadian Film Centre!

Bailey joins the CFC after 18 years at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), most recently as Vice-President, Advancement. Bailey assumed the Executive Director position on May 3, 2021, succeeding Slawko Klymkiw, who retired at the end of March 2021.

Bailey is a dynamic member of Toronto’s arts community, with more than 20 years of experience in stakeholder engagement, fundraising and program management in the creative industries.



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