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New provincial guidelines to limit the spread of COVID-19 will take effect at our recreation facilities on Friday, November 27. These restrictions include limits on capacity and permitted activities. City-operated facilities remain open for pre-booked appointments and individual bookings.

Festivals and Events Subsidy Program

2021 Festival and Event Subsidy Applications are no longer being accepted. The application period has closed.

2021 subsidy applications - now in review

We understand that it is difficult to plan an event for 2021, as we do not know what City or provincial guidelines and regulations will be next year at the time of your event. Please plan for the best-case scenario to ensure maximum subsidy coverage to accommodate a full-scale version of your event.

Eligibility for subsidy is determined by the Event Advisory Committee, based on your application score.

Application period closed

The 2021 Festival and Event Subsidy Application deadline was October 31, 2020. We are no longer accepting applications for 2021.

Annual events

A 2021 Festival and Event Subsidy Application is required if your 2021 event is changing from your 2020 application in one or more of the following ways:

  • Event location
  • Event size
  • Event programming

For annual events that have not changed from 2020 to 2021, you needed to confirm you would like to 'roll over' your 2020 Festival and Event Subsidy Application before October 31, 2020 (contact your Event Liaison or Event Services at

Changing, new and first-time events

A 2021 Festival and Event Subsidy Application is required for: 

  • A new event applying for subsidy for the first time
  • A 2021 event that is changing location, increasing or decreasing in size, or adding or removing programming elements, as described in your 2020 application.

Application help

For more information, read the 2021 Festival and Event Subsidy Guidelines.

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More Information

For more information on event planning, visit planning festivals and events.

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