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Provincial government spending $2M for Ontario Place drive-in space, events

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WATCH ABOVE: The Ontario government announced an investment of $2 million to kick start five entertainment festivals at Ontario Place. The funding comes as the industry has suffered billions of dollars of losses since COVID-19 hit. Kamil Karamali reports – Jul 20, 2020

TORONTO — The provincial government says it’s investing $2 million for socially distanced summer activities at Ontario Place, which will include a drive-in version of the Toronto International Film Festival.

Lisa MacLeod, Minister of heritage, sport, tourism and culture industries, says the initiative will help Ontario communities reconnect during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The funding will go towards concert performances, comedy shows and movie screenings at a drive-in space.

MacLeod said the investment will help bring Ontario’s multi-billion dollar arts and entertainment industry back to life after months of dormancy.

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However, she warns that the province is still in the midst of a pandemic and staff will enforce social distancing rules throughout the events.

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The events at Ontario Place will start in late July with a foreign film festival and end in mid September with nine days for TIFF.

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