5 Financial aid programs that might help fund your Montréal event

published on January 25, 2022
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When thoughtfully planned, festivals and events help stimulate local economies. They attract international tourists, position a city as a destination of choice, encourage investment in tourism partners, and create jobs. Here are five different initiatives to help fund various types of events in Montréal!

Major Festivals and Events Support Initiative

This initiative supports major Canadian festivals and events that have been hit hard by the economic implications of COVID-19 to adapt and enhance their activities as the economy recovers. With a national budget of $200 million over two years, the initiative will ensure continued operations and maintain local jobs in surrounding communities.

Funder: Government of Canada

Details: ced.canada.ca/en/funding

Business Tourism Development Fund

The fund aims to revive business tourism in Québec (post COVID-19) by financially supporting the holding of events. Objectives include stimulating demand for business events, generating tourism spinoffs in the regions of Québec, reinforcing economic and social vitality in local communities, and more.

Funder: Minister of Tourism (Government of Québec)

Details: quebec.ca/tourisme-et-loisirs [currently in French only]

Financial assistance for festivals and tourism events

The financial assistance program for festivals and tourism events helps to position Québec on the national and international scene by promoting the development of festivals and tourism events. It stimulates the economy of the regions by increasing the number of visitors and increasing tourism revenue.

Funder: Government of Québec

Details: quebec.ca/tourisme-et-loisirs [currently in French only]

Metropolitan Initiative and Outreach Fund

The Metropolitan Initiative and Outreach Fund (FIRM) is available for the Montréal region to stimulate economic, cultural, and social activity in the metropolitan region. Since its creation, the fund has supported more than 2,500 projects representing total investments of $2.5 billion. Many of these projects now contribute to the competitiveness of the metropolis and to its national and international influence.

Funder: Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing (Government of Québec)

Details: mamh.gouv.qc.ca/secretariat-a-la-region-metropolitaine [currently in French only]

The Fonds de recherche du Québec

Each year, the Québec research fund support thousands of graduate students, hundreds of research projects and dozens of teams, centres, and groups of researchers through their programs, scholarships, and grants. If your event involves scientific research, this fund might be an option!

Funder: Minister of Economy and Innovation (Government of Québec)

Details: frq.gouv.qc.ca/en


Final note

This is a lot of information. Some of it is only available in French. If you need assistance or have questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to one of our team members!  



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