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Ontario Supporting Grilled Cheese Challenge Festival in Etobicoke – Lakeshore

Funding will help reconnect community and boost Etobicoke’s economy

Ontario is investing more than $48 million to help festival and event organizers carry out innovative and safe experiences that help create great Ontario staycation experiences for visitors and stimulate local economic growth. Through this funding program, the annual Grilled Cheese Challenge, sponsored by the Lakeshore BIA will receive funding support in the amount of $58,497.

“Our government recognizes the important contributions that festivals and events make to local communities,” said Christine Hogarth, MPP for Etobicoke – Lakeshore. “I am pleased that we are supporting events right here at home in creating safe, innovative experiences that will help reconnect people while boosting our local economy and creating local jobs.”

“Our Lakeshore BIA board was ecstatic to find out that we got approved for the grant money,” said Lakeshore Village BIA chair Chris Korwin-Kuczynski. “We are grateful to the Government of Ontario and MPP Christine Hogarth for assisting us to once again have a successful celebration in Lakeshore, and we look forward to hosting a bigger and better Grilled Cheese Challenge next year.”

Reconnect Ontario is a provincial grant program that supports festivals and events that encourage local tourism and motivate visitors to rediscover Ontario, while reconnecting people with local experiences and increasing tourism spending. The program is receiving $42.9 million in 2022 to support 547 festivals and events around the province.

“For nearly two years, the pandemic has disproportionately impacted tourism and culture – two major industries that bring our communities to life, and Ontarians together,” said Neil Lumsden, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. “By supporting festivals and events through the Reconnect Ontario program, our government is delivering a much-needed boost to the sector as we continue to recover from the effects of COVID-19.”



  • Tourism is a key economic driver in Ontario, supporting approximately 395,000 jobs and generating over $38 billion in spending.
  • This investment is a continuation of the historic one-time COVID recovery funding announced in 2021 that more than doubled the annual funding usually provided to festivals and events.
  • In 2021, due to overwhelming demand, the government provided a historic $49 million through the Reconnect Festival and Event Program (now Reconnect Ontario) and the Reconnect Ontario – Marquee Event Fund (fomally Celebrate Ontario Blockbuster).