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The Tourism Program seeks to sustain and grow Ontario's tourism industry, which directly supports the government's key priority of Strong People, Strong Economy.

The Ministry works in partnership with tourism associations and businesses to strengthen and build the tourism industry and promote Ontario worldwide as a premier, four-season tourist destination. Activities include working with stakeholders to develop destinations and innovative tourism experiences, supporting festivals and events across the province, identifying tourism development opportunities, and providing strategic intelligence to keep tourism stakeholders well informed about trends, issues, and visitor expectations.

The Ministry oversees the activities and accountabilities of eight attractions and agencies that promote tourism, economic growth and job creation. The ministry’s tourism attractions and agencies are the stewards of unique historic facilities, green space and parklands in regions across Ontario, and offer a range of educational, recreational, cultural and entertainment programs for residents and visitors.

VOTE SUMMARY
($)
ITEM # ITEM

Estimates
2010-11

Estimates
2009-10

Difference
Between
2010-11
and
2009-10

Actual
2008-09

  OPERATING EXPENSE        
1 Tourism 174,608,600 114,703,700 59,904,900 98,279,663
  TOTAL OPERATING EXPENSE TO BE VOTED 174,608,600 114,703,700 59,904,900 98,279,663
  Total Operating Expense 174,608,600 114,703,700 59,904,900 98,279,663
  CAPITAL EXPENSE        
3 Tourism 1,000 1,000 - -
  TOTAL CAPITAL EXPENSE TO BE VOTED 1,000 1,000 - -
Statutory Amortization, the Financial Administration Act 1,000 1,000 - -
  Total Statutory Appropriations 1,000 1,000 - -
  Total Capital Expense 2,000 2,000 - -
  CAPITAL ASSETS        
2 Tourism 1,000 1,000 - -
  TOTAL CAPITAL ASSETS TO BE VOTED 1,000 1,000 - -
  Total Capital Assets 1,000 1,000 - -



Standard Account by Item and Sub-items
($)
VOTE -ITEM
#
STANDARD ACCOUNT BY ITEM AND SUB-ITEMS      
  OPERATING EXPENSE      
3802-1 Tourism      
  Salaries and wages     10,630,100
  Employee benefits     1,488,700
  Transportation and communication     1,257,200
  Services     5,036,900
  Supplies and equipment     972,600
  Transfer payments      
     Grants in Support of Tourism Investment Development   20,650,000  
     Grants in Support of the Festival and Event Attractions and Support Program   13,292,000  
     Grants in Support of Tourism Regions   65,000,000  
     Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation   43,091,000  
     Ontario Place Corporation   7,817,200  
     St. Lawrence Parks Commission   7,409,400 157,259,600
  Subtotal     176,645,100
  Less: Recoveries     2,036,500
  Total Operating Expense to be Voted     174,608,600
  Sub-Items:      
  Tourism Policy and Development      
  Salaries and wages   4,815,300  
  Employee benefits   748,400  
  Transportation and communication   1,026,800  
  Services   2,433,000  
  Supplies and equipment   299,700  
  Transfer payments      
     Grants in Support of Tourism Investment Development 20,650,000    
     Grants in Support of the Festival and Event Attractions and Support Program 13,292,000    
     Grants in Support of Tourism Regions 65,000,000 98,942,000  
  Subtotal   108,265,200  
  Less: Recoveries   2,036,500 106,228,700
  Tourism Marketing      
  Transfer payments      
     Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation   43,091,000 43,091,000
  Tourism Operations      
  Salaries and wages   5,814,800  
  Employee benefits   740,300  
  Transportation and communication   230,400  
  Services   2,603,900  
  Supplies and equipment   672,900  
  Transfer payments      
     Ontario Place Corporation 7,817,200    
     St. Lawrence Parks Commission 7,409,400 15,226,600 25,288,900
  Total Operating Expense to be Voted     174,608,600
  Total Operating Expense for Tourism Program     174,608,600
  CAPITAL EXPENSE      
3802-3 Tourism      
  Other transactions     1,000
  Total Capital Expense to be Voted     1,000
  Statutory Appropriations      
  Other transactions      
Statutory    Amortization, the Financial Administration Act     1,000
  Total Capital Expense for Tourism Program     2,000
  CAPITAL ASSETS      
3802-2 Tourism      
  Land and marine fleet     1,000
  Total Capital Assets to be Voted     1,000
  Total Capital Assets for Tourism Program     1,000