Estimates Briefing Book 2015-16

ISSN 2369-226x

Table of contents

MINISTRY OVERVIEW

Mandate

The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport (MTCS) is mandated to help build a strong innovative economy in Ontario through strategic support and investment in three key sectors of the economy – tourism, culture, and sport and recreation.

MTCS is committed to creating new opportunities and promoting the values that work in the best interests of Ontarians in their workplaces and communities by building a province that is an internationally-recognized tourism destination with strong culture, sport and recreation sectors.

Ministry Contribution to Priorities and Results

MTCS contributes to the government’s commitment to grow the economy and create new jobs while meeting the government’s fiscal strategy as it moves forward on its 2015-16 priorities:

  • To work with the tourism industry and regional tourism organizations to support economic growth, collaborate with other partners to attract international investment, and support festivals and events across the province:
    • Invest $40 million in the regional tourism approach to grow tourism in Ontario.
    • Invest $20 million through the Celebrate Ontario festival and event program to support over 270 ongoing and one-time festivals and events, the highest number in the history of the program.
    • Foster continued collaboration with intergovernmental partners, the Canadian Tourism Commission and industry to give national focus to tourism issues and successfully promote Ontario’s priorities at intergovernmental forums.
    • Continue to implement the Tourism Investment Attraction Strategy including participating in nine international in-market programs, using new research on tourist attractions and inland waterway development to target investors with compelling business cases and following leads generated through the international investment development representatives.
    • Partner with the Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure on investment funding programs, and use a whole-of-government approach to support major tourism investment projects.
    • Continue to focus the Tourism Development Fund on attracting new investment, supporting industry capacity building, and encouraging industry-led tourism development projects.
    • Provide strategic policy and planning expertise to industry, other ministries and other levels of government on tourism related issues and the initiatives of other industries that impact tourism.
    • Engage with the tourism industry to undertake strategic planning and targeted review activities to continue to grow tourism’s contribution to the economy and to improve effectiveness and alignment across tourism programs and activities.
    • Implement improvements resulting from a program review of the Tourism-Oriented Directional Signing (TODS) to strengthen and modernize the province’s tourism highway signing program.
    • Work with stakeholders to develop and implement initiatives that support the growth of Aboriginal tourism and that build on accessibility in the tourism sector.
  • To actively work to protect built heritage and archaeological resources, promote the arts, strengthen public libraries, and support community partnerships and engagement:
    • Continue to provide leadership for the planning, delivery and evaluation of programs, transfer payments and grants for the Ministry’s arts, libraries, cultural industries, museums and heritage programs.
    • Work with Ontario artists, educators and communities to develop an Ontario Culture Strategy and an Arts Policy Framework to help maximize the social and economic benefits of arts and culture to individuals and communities, tell our stories and build a new generation of artistic talent.
    • Continue to work with the Ontario Media Development Corporation and the Ministry of Finance to deliver the province’s tax credits for Ontario’s cultural industries, helping them compete in domestic and international markets.
    • Deliver the third round of business development assistance through the Ontario Music Fund and take steps necessary to establish the fund as an ongoing provincial investment.
    • Work with the Ontario Media Development Corporation and key stakeholders to deliver a renewed and enhanced Interactive Digital Media (IDM) Fund by providing $6 million in 2015-16 and $10 million per year starting in 2016-17. 
    • Make continued investments in public libraries to support equitable, consistent services and encourage innovation while collaborating with public library partners to refine the Library Statistics Program to enhance tracking of sector trends and support evidence-based policy and program development.
    • Work with other ministries and provincial agencies, municipalities and heritage stakeholders and continue to build a culture of heritage conservation in Ontario, including government-wide implementation of the Standards and Guidelines for Conservation of Provincial Heritage Properties.
    • Continue to implement the PastPort database in order for licensed archaeologists to have a modern, electronic service delivery platform.
  • To promote active lifestyles and increased participation in sport, recreation and physical activity for all Ontarians and to help create a healthier Ontario:
    • Develop an athlete-centered sport plan which will guide and co-ordinate policies and practices for sport in Ontario and include a review of current programs in order to better support athletes and para-athletes and leverage the benefits from hosting the 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games.
    • Assume responsibility for direct delivery of the Ontario Games program including the summer and winter youth games, 55+ games, and parasport games.
    • Develop an implementation plan in response to the Framework for Recreation in Canada 2015, a guiding document that provides a shared vision, values and goals and sets priorities for action.
    • Introduce trails legislation to enable the trails community to more effectively develop, operate and promote trails in Ontario. The legislation, if passed, would enable the long-term securement of land for trails and the recognition of Ontario trails of distinction to help promote local tourism, as well as address long-standing liability, trespassing and Crown land issues.
    • Work with the Aboriginal Sport and Wellness Council to build a regional sport delivery system called the Sport Pathway for Ontario Native Wellness, an integrated competition and games system that would increase the number of Aboriginal athletes and coaches.
  • To promote culture, heritage and tourism agencies and attractions to maximize their contributions to Ontario’s economic and social fabric:
    • Continue to invest strategically to increase market reach and develop new audiences and products to boost tourism across Ontario and provide an environment in which cultural activities can thrive.
    • Transform Ontario Place into a year-round, multi-use waterfront destination; as a first step, the final design of the urban park and waterfront trail is anticipated to be unveiled in 2015 and the site opened in 2016.
    • Identify opportunities, working with its tourism and cultural agencies, for high-profile programming to increase visitor attendance and promote Ontario as a cultural tourism destination such as the Royal Ontario Museum’s exhibition, ‘Pompeii: In the Shadow of the Volcano’.
    • Through the Ontario Arts Council, continue to provide strategic investments and other services to develop Ontario artists, arts organizations, and promote art in communities across the province.
    • Through the Ontario Trillium Foundation, continue to support strong and healthy community initiatives throughout Ontario.
    • The Metropolitan Toronto Convention Centre is Canada’s largest convention centre and primarily attracts international and national conventions. In 2015-16, it will strive to host 575 events within their facility, up from 547 in 2014-15. 
    • The Niagara Parks Commission operates and supports many programs and services in Niagara Falls and along the Niagara River both independently and in collaboration with community partners. In 2015, it is committed to renewing the Journey Behind the Falls, Incline Lower Plaza and Falls Illumination, while it will also welcome participants and visitors associated with the 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games.
    • In 2015, Huronia Historical Parks will be an important partner in Ontario’s plans, in partnership with the Office of Francophone Affairs and the Government of Quebec to celebrate 400 years of Francophone presence in Ontario. For example, Champlain’s astrolabe will be exhibited in the Sainte-Marie Museum in July and August 2015 as part of the celebration.
    • In 2015, Fort William Historical Park will hold ‘Fort Fest’, highlighting the Pan/Parapan American Games with a targeted focus on indigenous games. 
  • To ensure the successful delivery of the Pan/Parapan American Games (Games):  
    • Provide funding to the Toronto Organizing Committee for the 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games (TO2015) for direct delivery costs of the Games in order to achieve a successful Games experience for athletes, spectators, visitors and all Ontarians. This transfer payment provided by Ontario is used by TO2015 to organize, plan, promote, finance, stage and conduct the Games. 
    • Deliver promotion and celebration initiatives to build awareness and excitement leading up to and during the Games which will help position Ontario as a world-class destination in which to live, visit, and invest for years to come.
    • Create legacy programs that support economic development and modernize infrastructure that can impact a wide range of interests and stakeholders across Ontario long after the Games.
    • Provide funding to reimburse host municipalities and universities for the incremental services they will deliver during Games time.

Ministry Programs

The Tourism Policy and Development Division is responsible for policy, research, investment, and development activities that support a stronger, more competitive tourism industry and help create a supportive and dynamic business environment. 

The Division:

  • Works to attract and support private sector investment and development initiatives in Ontario.
  • Supports regional planning and economic development through Regional Tourism Organizations.
  • Helps enhance and attract existing festivals and events.
  • Undertakes tourism research to support sector growth.

The Division collaborates with tourism industry stakeholders, other Ontario ministries and agencies, and federal and provincial governments to grow the competitiveness of the tourism sector and build on Ontario’s national and international profile.

The Division supports and promotes a strong Ontario tourism sector through the development and delivery of policies, programs and services that strengthen partnerships, coordinate planning, and generate increased tourism visitation and spending.

The Tourism Planning and Operations Division (TPOD) is responsible for supporting the Ministry’s six classified tourism agencies and two directly-operated tourism attractions. The Division:

  • Develops these tourism agencies and attractions as catalysts for regional economic development.
  • Ensures strong fiscal management, good governance and accountability of these agencies and attractions.
  • Maintains capital infrastructure through asset management and capital investment.
  • Works with the agencies to revitalize their products, and to mitigate and manage risks on behalf of the ministry.
  • Supports and collaborates with its tourism agencies and attractions to increase competitiveness, stimulate economic growth and support job creation through strategic investments in assets, improved revenue streams, and business models that support long-term sustainability.
  • Delivers programs with a focus on value for money and the appropriate use of provincial funding, while looking to leverage matching/supporting funding from the federal government and the private sector wherever possible.

TPOD is responsible, in partnership with Ontario Place Corporation, for the revitalization of Ontario Place over the next several years through a phased approach. The Division will continue to support Ontario Place Corporation’s partial operations, while supporting and enabling the revitalization of the site.

The Culture Division helps to build capacity for the conservation of Ontario’s heritage and the sustainability and growth of Ontario’s arts sector. It strengthens policies and programs that contribute to making Ontario a province rich in cultural, heritage and archaeological resources and attractions. The Culture Division:

  • Administers the Public Libraries Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. P.44 and helps to ensureOntario’s public and First Nations libraries deliver services and programs that help Ontarians learn and succeed in the knowledge-based economy.
  • Administers the Ontario Heritage Act, R.S.O. 1990. c. O.18, except in respect of Part IIIand licenses archaeologists.
  • Maintains core operating grant programs to libraries, museums, and heritage organizations to protect and preserve Ontario’s heritage resources and support innovation and the knowledge economy.
  • Oversees nine classified agencies, two special library service boards and a number of large transfer payment recipients in the arts and culture sector.

To help foster a sustainable and prosperous creative economy, the Culture Division is responsible for priority initiatives, often in partnership with the Ontario Media Development Corporation. For example, the Cultural Media Tax Credits stimulate cultural production, investment and job creation in the Entertainment and Creative Cluster to ensure Ontario’s jurisdictional competitiveness in these industries. The Ontario Music Fund is a $15 million annual investment to grow the province’s music sector and enhance its contribution to the economy.

The Sport, Recreation and Community Programs Division (SRCPD) is responsible for promoting a culture that values sport, recreation and physical activity and champions the social and economic benefits of active, engaged living for all Ontarians by:

  • Promoting an active start in life and continuous life-long engagement in sport and recreation.
  • Helping Ontario’s high-performance athletes to achieve better results on the national and international stages through athlete development and coach education, sport science and training services.
  • Delivering the Ontario Games program, including summer and winter youth games, 55+ games and parasport games to support athlete development and strengthen the sport system.
  • Supporting Provincial Sport and Multi-sport Organizations to deliver and oversee the development and delivery of amateur sport programming in the province.
  • Directing financial and other supports to community-based organizations to support health, active lifestyles, athlete development and sport excellence.

The Division makes strategic investments to make Ontario an attractive venue for hosting high-profile national and international sporting events. It also contributes to the delivery of local programs that promote an active, engaged lifestyle and increased levels of physical activity for all Ontarians, including children and youth. SRCPD provides overall coordination for provincial interests in trails, parkland, open space and water-based recreation resources.

The Pan/Parapan American Games Secretariat (PPAGS) is responsible for overseeing Ontario’s financial commitments to the Games. PPAGS works with partner ministries to help implement strategic direction and to coordinate the planning and delivery of provincial services required for the Games, including transportation, health sector preparedness, emergency and consequence management, and security.

PPAGS also works with host municipalities and the federal government to help coordinate services provided by Games partners. PPAGS works to support Infrastructure Ontario in overseeing the development of major new and improved sport infrastructure that will support athletes and communities in the Greater Golden Horseshoe.

Table 1:  Ministry Planned Expenditures 2015-16 ($M)

Operating

1,677.7

Capital

501.2

TOTAL

2,178.9

 

HIGHLIGHTS OF 2014-15 ACHIEVEMENTS

The following highlights the achievements of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport for 2014-15. For detailed results, please refer to the Annual Report.

Tourism

  • Continued work to enhance the economic impact of the tourism sector by building on the successful implementation of the regional tourism model that supports enhanced partnerships, better integrated marketing activities, and increased emphasis on performance measurement, product development, investment, and workforce development.
  • Supported the tourism industry to review progress on the implementation of the recommendations of the 2009 Discovering Ontario report and identified priorities to continue to strengthen and grow the competitiveness of the tourism sector in Ontario.
  • Continued implementation of the Tourism Investment Strategy through completion of eight in-market investment programs and ongoing support of major investment projects with a whole-of-government approach.
  • In 2014-15, the ministry supported over 234 festivals and events through the Celebrate Ontario program; examples include: the Ottawa International Writers Festival, the Niagara Integrated Film Festival, World Pride 2014, and La Franco-Fete 2014.

Culture

  • Launched the new $10 million Ontario Libraries Capacity Fund. In 2014-15, the fund provided $3 million to public libraries to increase information technology resources including internet and wireless services, new technology and enhanced collection development.
  • Successfully launched the PastPort database in order for licensed archaeologists to have a modern, electronic service delivery platform.
  • Made investments in culture capital, including funding for the revitalization of Massey Hall and for building the St. Catharines’ Performing Arts Centre.
  • In 2014-15, the Ontario Music Fund provided $14 million in grant investments to 126 music companies and organizations across Ontario. Support from the first year of the Ontario Music Fund has already helped create or retain 2,000 jobs and produced $24 million in additional revenue for music-related businesses.

Sport and Recreation

  • The Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund funded 17 provincial and 99 local regional projects engaging over 80,000 Ontario participants and 900 volunteers. 
  • Delivered Ontario’s After School Program to priority communities/populations through over 132 organizations serving over 21,000 children in 435 sites across the province. 
  • Provided $3.56 million in funding to complete 254 kilometres of trail connections including all Pan and Parapan American Games venue connections and reconfiguring five kilometres of waterfront trail.
  • Through the International Amateur Sport Hosting Program, MTCS supported 23 International Amateur Sport events, including the World Junior Hockey Championship and U-20 FIFA Women’s World Cup of Soccer.

Agencies and Attractions

  • The Ontario Heritage Trust featured 49 events in 192 communities with over 1,200 sites participating and a record number of visitors surpassing 500,000.
  • The Ontario Trillium Foundation continued to support not-for-profit and charitable organizations by providing 942 grants totaling almost $104 million.
  • The Metro Toronto Convention Centre’s gross revenues for 2014-15 are forecasted to be $63.5 million and are expected to generate an estimated $514 million in economic impact for the province.
  • Continued progress was made towards the phased revitalization of Ontario Place into a year-round, landmark waterfront destination for all Ontarians and visitors to enjoy, with the government announcing in July 2014 its long-term vision for Ontario Place, which was informed by public and stakeholder input and studies.

Pan/Parapan American Games Secretariat

  • Managed partnerships with TO2015, the federal government, municipalities, and other key partners/ministries on Games planning and operation (e.g., transportation, security, health and emergency management services).
  • Guided all aspects of provincial support for and oversight of the 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games including testing the interoperability of partners’ Games-time plans through the Provincial Integrated Exercise Program and also beginning the development of an orderly and efficient wind up of all Games-related activities.
  • Ensured successful development of the Athletes’ Village that was completed on-time and on-budget on January 28, 2015, and that the 10 Infrastructure Ontario-managed sporting venues are either completed or tracking for completion in time for the Games.
  • Worked with partners to implement promotion and legacy strategies and provided support for Aboriginal, Francophone and LGBTQ communities to have Games-time activations in a place and manner of their choosing.

MINISTRY ORGANIZATION CHART (MTCS)

Organizational chart for Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport (MTCS)

MINISTRY ORGANIZATION CHART (PPAGS)

Organization chart for the Pan/Parapan American Games Secretariat

AGENCIES, BOARDS and COMMISSIONS (ABCs)

The Ministry is responsible for the following classified agencies:

McMichael Canadian Art Collection (MCM): Based on a 1965 donation by the McMichael family of their Canadian art collection, home and land in Kleinburg, the MCM is the only major public art gallery devoted to the collection and exhibiting of Canadian art.

Metropolitan Toronto Convention Centre Corporation (MTCC): The MTCC manages a world-class convention facility in Toronto. The centre has more than 600,000 square feet of exhibit space, meeting rooms, ballroom space and a 1,330-seat theatre to host international and national conventions, trade and consumer shows.

Minister’s Advisory Council for Arts and Culture: An advisory agency continued to advise the Minister on policies and programs that will build a strong and stable cultural sector that contributes to a prosperous creative economy and vibrant liveable communities.

Niagara Parks Commission (NPC): Established in 1885, the NPC is mandated to preserve and enhance the natural beauty of Niagara Falls and the Niagara River corridor for the enjoyment of visitors and future generations.

Ontario Arts Council (OAC) (legally known as the Province of Ontario Council for the Arts): Governed by the Arts Council Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. A.30 as Ontario’s primary funding body for professional arts activities, OAC provides grants, scholarships and awards for the creation of art to benefit and enrich the lives of Ontarians.

Ontario Heritage Trust (OHT): The OHT is mandated to conserve, protect and preserve Ontario’s heritage, including properties of historical, architectural, archaeological, recreational, aesthetic and scenic interest.

Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC): The OMDC stimulates employment, investment and original content creation in Ontario’s cultural media cluster, including book and magazine publishing, film and television, interactive digital media, and music industries.

Ontario Place Corporation (OPC): Governed by the Ontario Place Corporation Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. O.34, the OPC is mandated to operate Ontario Place as a provincial exhibit and recreational centre, developing special programs to enhance the image of the province.  The OPC is working to revitalize Ontario Place in partnership with the ministry.   

Ontario Science Centre (OSC) (legally known as the Centennial Centre of Science and Technology): The OSC depicts, educates and stimulates interest in science and technology and its relationship to society, and Ontario’s role in advancing science and technology.

Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation (OTMPC): OTMPC promotes Ontario as a travel destination, including joint marketing initiatives in cooperation with the tourism industry, governments and agencies.

Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF): The OTF, a not-for-profit corporation, makes strategic investments of government funding generated through Ontario’s charity casinos to build healthy and vibrant communities through the arts, culture, sports and recreation, human, social services and the environment.

Ottawa Convention Centre Corporation (OCC): The OCC manages a world-class convention facility in Ottawa. Following extensive redevelopment, the Ottawa Convention Centre re-opened in April 2011. The 200,000 square foot facility hosts international and national conventions and consumer and trade shows.

Royal Ontario Museum (ROM): The ROM promotes education, teaching, research and publication and collects and exhibits objects, documents and books to illustrate the natural history of Ontario, Canada and the world, and human history in all the ages. It is one of the largest museums in North America.

Science North (SCN): SCN features several attractions, including a science centre and model mine. It also conducts public programming throughout Northern Ontario in the origins, development and progress of science and technology and their relationship to society

St. Lawrence Parks Commission (SLPC): SLPC provides recreational, cultural and heritage and tourism opportunities at its attractions along 200 km of the St. Lawrence River, including the award-winning heritage attractions: Upper Canada Village and Fort Henry National Historic Site of Canada, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Summary of ABC's Financial Data

Name 2015-16 Expense Estimates 2015-16 Revenue Expense Estimates 2014-15 Expense Estimates Interim Actuals 2014-15 Revenue Interim Actuals 2013-14 Expense Estimates Actuals 2013-14 Revenue Actuals
McMichael Canadian Art Collection 7,806,000 7,866,000 7,510,000 7,390,000 8,767,983 8,428,436
Metro Toronto Convention Centre 56,010,300 61,814,800 55,227,800 63,450,800 52,173,629 59,099,652
Minister's Advisory Council for Arts and Culture N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Niagara Parks Commision 90,184,800 89,552,200 87,597,600 87,174,200 82,825,000 78,362,000
Ontario Arts Council 61,488,300 61,572,400 62,253,600 61,553,600 62,222,717 62,651,721
Ontario Heritage Trust 10,711,170 11,771,170 10,465,580 8,423,350 12,051,000 10,006,000
Ontario Media Development Corporation 46,871,000, 46,441,000 40,717,000 40,158,000 40,669,000 40,584,000
Ontario Place Corporation 7,219,000 7,544,000 7,079,000 7,623,600 6,039,000 7,622,000
Ontairo Science Centre 41,330,000 40,497,000 41,938,000 40,063,000 33,023,000 35,833,000
Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership 51,703,500 50,750,500 54,710,000 54,498,000 46,477,000 48,131,000
Ontario Trillium Foundation 125,000,000 125,000,000 123,884,500 123,884,500 127,151,804 127,151,804
Ottawa Convention Centre 22,567,500 18,437,700 21,991,800 17,747,400 22,233,001 18,600,395
Royal Ontario Museum 69,789,000 68,971,700 67,081,000

68,232,000

66,162,000 68,126,000
Science North 17,518,043 17,518,042 16,211,806 16,485,523 19,078,774 20,678,765
St. Lawrence Parks Commission 14,617,971 17,286,182 14,408,100 16,563,100 19,713,000 21,009,000

DETAILED FINANCIAL INFORMATION

MINISTRY OF TOURISM, CULTURE AND SPORT

The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport provides leadership for these fast-growing sectors of the provincial economy which are fundamental to the prosperity and quality of life of Ontario citizens.

The Ministry works with the tourism sector to stimulate economic growth, investment and competitiveness in the rapidly changing world of travel and leisure.

By providing leadership within the arts and culture community, the Ministry helps grow the creative economy, build a dynamic cultural environment with vibrant liveable communities in Ontario and encourage stewardship of heritage assets.

The Ministry helps broaden participation in sport and recreation to enable Ontarians to lead healthy, active lifestyles and enhances opportunities for high-performance athletes to achieve success. Hosting high-profile sport events increases job creation and encourages economic growth.

The Pan/Parapan American Games Secretariat (PPAGS), which supports the Minister Responsible for the 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games, is responsible for overseeing Ontario's financial commitments to the Games and supporting the achievement of the Province’s vision for the Games.

Table 2: Combined Operating and Capital Summary by Vote

Votes/Programs Estimates
2015-16
$
Change from
Estimates
2014-15
$
% Estimates
2014-15*
$
Interim Actuals
2014-15*
$
Actuals
2013-14*
$
OPERATING EXPENSE            
Ministry Administration Program 6,829,700 (617,400) (8.3) 7,447,100 8,675,211 8,266,086
Tourism Program 133,059,400 (3,639,600) (2.7) 136,699,000 143,883,640 145,100,485
Sport, Recreation and Community Programs 53,581,600 2,916,600 5.8 50,665,000 54,160,572 53,588,511
Culture Program 251,638,600 4,467,000 1.8 247,171,600 247,798,184 244,336,750
Ontario Trillium Foundation Program 115,001,000 - - 115,001,000 115,000,000 115,000,000
Ontario Cultural Media Tax Credits 439,692,900 40,000,800 10.0 399,692,100 421,791,400 505,727,941
Pan/Parapan American Games Secretariat 194,298,800 (58,938,900) (23.3) 253,237,700 229,491,742 53,069,434
Less: Special Warrants - (298,139,300)   298,139,300 - -
Total Operating Expense to be Voted 1,194,102,000 282,327,800 31.0 911,774,200 1,220,800,749 1,125,089,207
Special Warrants - (298,139,300)   298,139,300 - -
Statutory Appropriations 83,187 3,000 3.7 80,187 80,187 66,014
Ministry Total Operating Expense 1,194,185,187 (15,808,500) (1.3) 1,209,993,687 1,220,880,936 1,125,155,221
Consolidation & Other Adjustments:            
Ontario Race Corporation 4,270,000 741,500 21.0 3,528,500 4,729,000 3,875,000
Metro Toronto Convention Centre 47,288,600 1,030,600 2.2 46,258,000 46,806,100 44,175,900
Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation 2,549,000 (5,754,000) (69.3) 8,303,000 1,826,000 1,395,312
Ontario Science Centre 13,543,000 (1,408,300) (9.4) 14,951,300 14,263,000 12,419,635
Ontario Trillium Foundation 4,486,700 1,553,300 53.0 2,933,400 3,373,800 7,904,029
Royal Ontario Museum 27,862,300 2,920,300 11.7 24,942,000 24,639,000 25,197,100
Ontario Arts Council 920,300 (288,700) (23.9) 1,209,000 1,813,700 1,057,200
Ottawa Convention Centre 15,048,700 (663,900) (4.2) 15,712,600 14,597,300 15,023,000
Niagara Parks Commission 77,433,400 2,205,900 2.9 75,227,500 75,130,700 72,684,704
T02015 290,099,400 (55,197,700) (16.0) 345,297,100 239,070,200 278,579,000
Total Including Consolidation & Other Adjustments 1,677,686,587 (70,669,500) (4.0) 1,748,356,087 1,647,129,736 1,587,466,101
CAPITAL EXPENSE            
Ministry Administration Program 2,000 - - 2,000 2,000 -
Tourism Program 1,000 - - 1,000 1,000 -
Tourism and Culture Capital Program 37,305,600 (10,236,300) (21.5) 47,541,900 40,038,400 46,041,446
Culture Program 1,000 - - 1,000 1,000 -
Pan/Parapan American Games Secretariat 420,162,400 418,614,400 27,042.3 1,548,000 - -
Less: Special Warrants - (13,594,000)   13,594,000 - -
Total Capital Expense to be Voted 457,472,000 421,972,100 1,188.7 35,499,900 40,042,400 46,041,446
Special Warrants - (13,594,000)   13,594,000 - -
Statutory Appropriations 4,000 - - 4,000 4,000 -
Ministry Total Capital Expense 457,476,000 408,378,100 831.8 49,097,900 40,046,400 46,041,446
Ontario Race Corporation 577,000 34,600 6.4 542,400 748,000 778,000
Metro Toronto Convention Centre 8,721,700 634,300 7.8 8,087,400 8,421,700 7,997,729
Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation 1,474,000 808,000 121.3 666,000 1,159,000 589,555
Ontario Science Centre 5,901,000 276,900 4.9 5,624,100 5,913,000 6,020,000
Ontario Trillium Foundation 513,300 (79,000) (13.3) 592,300 510,700 (4,491,457)
Royal Ontario Museum 12,297,000 3,396,900 38.2 8,900,100 8,972,000 10,270,000
Ontario Arts Council 200,000 (200,000) (50.) 400,000 100,000 116,488
Ottawa Convention Centre 5,303,800 4,000 0.1 5,299,800 5,303,700 5,385,000
Niagara Parks Commission 8,728,200 514,900 6.3 8,213,300 6,732,500 8,085,074
Total Including Consolidation & Other Adjustments 501,192,000 413,768,700 473.3 87,423,300 77,907,000 80,791,835
CAPITAL ASSETS            
Ministry Administration Program 2,000 - - 2,000 2,000 -
Tourism Program 23,391,000 (110,000) (0.5) 23,501,000 3,191,000 3,250,000
Culture Program 1,000 - - 1,000 1,000 -
Pan/Parapan American Games Secretariat 7,674,200 1,862,200 32.0 5,812,000 26,122,000 231,144,825
Less: Special Warrants - (3,668,000)   3,668,000 - -
Total Capital Assets to be Voted 31,068,200 5,420,200 21.1 25,648,000 29,316,000 234,394,825
Special Warrants - (3,668,000)   3,668,000 - -
Ministry Total Capital Assets 31,068,200 1,752,200 6.0 29,316,000 29,316,000 234,394,825
Ministry Total Operating and Capital Including Consolidation and Other Adjustments (not including Assets) 2,178,878,587 343,099,200 18.7 1,835,779,387 1,725,036,736 1,668,257,936

* Estimates, Interim Actuals and Actuals for prior fiscal years are re-stated to reflect any changes in ministry organization and/or program structure. Interim actuals reflect the numbers presented in the 2015 Ontario Budget.



APPENDIX: 2014-15 ANNUAL REPORT

2014-15 ACHIEVEMENTS

The following highlights the achievements of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport for 2014-15.

Tourism

  • Continued work to enhance the economic impact of the tourism sector by building on the successful implementation of the regional tourism model.  The ministry fostered enhanced partnerships, better integrated marketing activities, and increased emphasis on performance measurement, product development, and investment.
  • Supported Regional Tourism Organizations (RTOs) in the implementation of a new Performance Measurement Framework to support continuous improvement and maximize the effectiveness of the regional tourism model.
  • By dedicating part of the annual $40 million in funding to RTOs to partnership funding (i.e., released only with confirmation that matching funds from other sources were secured), RTOs were able to leverage an additional $6.6 million from partners to promote and grow tourism across the province.
  • Supported the tourism industry to review progress on the implementation of the recommendations of the 2009 Discovering Ontario report and identify priorities to continue to strengthen and grow the competitiveness of the tourism sector in Ontario.
  • Continued implementation of the Tourism Investment Strategy through completion of eight in-market investment programs with the following results: eight qualified investment opportunities identified, 16 leads/prospects identified, 180 new international contacts added to the investment Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system, and increased Ontario’s profile as a tourism investment location through relationships with international, federal and provincial government investment offices. Ongoing support of major investment projects is delivered through a whole-of-government approach.
  • Initiated three key pieces of research to identify major investment opportunities in attractions and inland waterways. Findings from the Ontario Attractions Study, the Great Lakes Market Demand Study and the Ontario Canals Technical Analysis will support targeted investment outreach in 2015-16.
  • In 2014-15, the ministry supported over 234 festivals and events through the Celebrate Ontario program including the Ottawa International Writers Festival, the Niagara Integrated Film Festival, World Pride 2014 and La Franco-Fete 2014.
  • Built on the success of the Celebrate Ontario program by increasing stakeholder training on quality application development, revising program guidelines to reflect industry needs and increased return on investment, and introduced a new multi-year funding option to support long term industry planning.
  • The Tourism Development Fund supported 22 projects aimed at building industry capacity, developing new tourism product and attracting increased private sector investment to Ontario such as the City of Ottawa Tourism Investment Attractions Study, the Parkbus South Strategic Plan, and the Sport Events Congress.
  • Worked with the tourism sector to develop and implement initiatives that recognize and integrate accessibility into the travel industry in Ontario, helping to ensure that tourists can find the accessible services they need while in Ontario.
  • Undertook a comprehensive program review of the Tourism-Oriented Directional Signing (TODS) program to strengthen and modernize the province’s tourism highway signing program.

Culture

  • Launched the new $10 million Ontario Libraries Capacity Fund (OLCF) over three years to help public libraries improve and expand IT and service capacity and encourage research and innovation. In 2014-15, the OLCF provided $3 million to public libraries to increase IT resources including internet and wireless services, new technology and enhanced collection development.
  • Provided ongoing operational support for local community museums while ensuring that they complied with provincial museum standards. 
  • Continued implementation of the PastPort database which provided licensed archaeologists with a modern, electronic service delivery platform.
  • Continued support to the Canadian Film Centre, the Virtual Reference Library, and the CNIB.
  • Continued to build a ‘culture of heritage conservation’ in Ontario, working with other ministries and provincial agencies, municipalities and heritage stakeholders. This includes both the government-wide implementation of the Standards and Guidelines for Conservation of Provincial Heritage Properties and the ministry’s role in the land use planning process review of the Official Plan and Official Plan amendment, Renewable Energy Projects, and Environmental Assessment.
  • Continued to collaborate with Federal/Provincial/Territorial partners on common culture and heritage issues, such as support for the creative industries, increasing Canadians’ engagement and appreciation for their culture and heritage and fostering the conservation of places of historic and cultural value.
Entertainment and Creative Cluster
  • Engaged with the Interactive Digital Media sector to form an industry working group to collaborate with and provide advice to government on industry challenges and opportunities.
  • Supported the marketing and promotion for the 40th anniversary of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) scheduled to take place in September 2015, and the 25th anniversary of the Toronto LGBT Film Festival scheduled for May 2015.
  • Provided $1.5 million to Shaftsbury Films Inc. to support the production of ‘Making Murdoch Mysteries,’ that highlighted key tourism regions, destinations and historic sites in Ontario.
  • Made investments in culture capital projects, including funding for the revitalization of Massey Hall and for building the St. Catharines’ Performing Arts Centre.
  • In 2014-15, the Ontario Music Fund provided $14 million in grant investments to 126 music companies and organizations across Ontario. The program leveraged $61.5 million in spending by the successful recipients. Support from the first year of the Ontario Music Fund has already helped create or retain 2,000 jobs and produced $24 million in additional revenue for music-related businesses.

Sport and Recreation

Active Recreation
  • In 2014-15, OSRCF funded 17 provincial and 99 local regional projects engaging over 80,000 Ontarian participants and 900 volunteers, training over 4,000 individuals in fundamental movement skills and providing employment for over 175 staff. 
  • Delivered Ontario’s After School Program by targeting priority communities / populations and engaging over 132 organizations that serve over 21,000 children in 435 sites across the province. 
  • Provided funding to the Aboriginal Sport and Wellness Council to begin development of a regional sport delivery system called the Sport Pathway for Ontario Native Wellness.
  • Funded five additional communities to participate in the Community Aboriginal Recreation Activators (CARA) program. The total number of First Nation communities involved in CARA is now 20.  
  • The Pan Am / Parapan Am Kids (PPAKids) program is being implemented in over 4,250 sites across Ontario as well as in five other provinces/territories across Canada.
Trails
  • MTCS worked collaboratively across government with 13 ministries and with the trails community to strengthen the Ontario Trails Strategy through the development of proposed trails legislation that, if passed, would address liability, trespassing and land use issues.
  • Provided $3.56 million in funding to complete 254 kilometres of trail connections including all Pan and Parapan American Games venue connections and reconfiguring five kilometres of waterfront trail.
Sport
  • Developed a plan, for implementation in 2015-16, to discontinue funding program delivery through the Sport Alliance of Ontario in order to modernize and revitalize Ontario’s sport system to better support our athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers in achieving success, and ensure the secure, sound investment of public funds.
  • Through the International Amateur Sport Hosting Program,  MTCS supported 23 International Amateur Sport events, including:
  • World Junior Hockey Championship
  • U-20 FIFA Women’s World Cup of Soccer
  • World Junior Girls Golf Championship
  • Milton International Track Cycling Challenge
  • Provided support through Ontario’s Sport Priority Fund to 18 provincial sport organizations that offer a diverse range of sport programs for people of all ages and abilities across the province.
  • Supported the Canadian Sport Institute Ontario to enhance programs and services for high performance athletes.
  • Provided direct financial assistance through the Quest for Gold Program to over 1,200 individual athletes to support their pursuit of excellence at the highest levels of competition and encourage them to stay in Ontario to live and train.
  • Transferred regulation making authority for amateur combative sport from the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services to the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport.

Agencies and Attractions

  • The Ontario Heritage Trust featured 49 events in 192 communities with over 1,200 sites participating and a record number of visitors surpassing 500,000.
  • The Ontario Science Centre and Science North continued working together on an International Market Development Initiative in China and South East Asia to pursue business opportunities and collaboration with other science centres.
  • The Ontario Trillium Foundation continued to support not-for-profit and charitable organizations by providing 942 grants totaling almost $104 million.
  • The Art Gallery of Ontario achieved consistent and increasingly positive reviews for its specially ticketed shows such as Alex Colville – one of the top 10 exhibits in the gallery’s history and the only one in this category that focused on Canadian art.
  • The two library service agencies – Southern Ontario Library Service and Ontario Library Service-North – continued to provide e-resources to public libraries, ensuring equitable access to electronic information resources for Ontarians with a three-year commitment of $1.8 million annually, from 2012-13 to 2014-15.
  • The Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation (OTMPC) continued to improve its websites to provide consumers with a better user interface, more appealing visuals and new tools such as trip planning, interactive maps, video and social media to inspire prospective visitors and help complete sales.  It relocated its Ontario Travel Information Centre (OTIC) in Toronto to the high-traffic Union Station rail station in August 2014. Union Station is Toronto’s key air, rail and commuter hub. OTMPC’s 11 OTICs are key providers of Ontario tourism advice to residents and visitors.
  • The Niagara Parks Commission’s renovations to the Grand View Marketplace provided visitors with distinctive new shopping, dining and entertainment options. Hornblower Niagara Cruises began its boat tour season in May 2014, and carried 1.6 million passengers during the 2014 season. More than 60,000 people converged on Queen Victoria Park to attend the 2014 New Year’s Eve celebration at Canada's biggest annual year-end bash.
  • St. Lawrence Parks Commission’s investments in new cabins, upgraded campsites, new marina boat storage facilities and recreational trail refurbishment significantly improved the use and enjoyment of its day-use parks and campgrounds, trails and beaches by camping, fishing, diving, biking, kayaking and boating enthusiasts.
  • The Metro Toronto Convention Centre’s gross revenues for 2014-15 are forecasted to be $63.5 million and expected to generate an estimated $514 million in economic impact for the province. It was the winner of the 2014 Sustainable Tourism Award presented at the Ontario Tourism Awards which recognizes organizations that have made contributions to the practice and promotion of sustainable tourism in Ontario.
  • The Ottawa Convention Centre was named runner up as the “World’s Best Convention Centre” by the International Association of Convention Centres in July 2014.
  • Fort William Historical Park was awarded the Guinness World Record for the World’s Largest Snow Maze at the 2015 Voyageur Winter Carnival. It continued to be a vital and valuable part of the community through specific programs geared to support Northern Ontario youth and Francophone and Aboriginal persons. Participation in during these activities increased 64 per cent in the last year.
  • In May 2014, Huronia Historical Parks (which includes Discovery Harbour and Sainte-Marie among the Hurons) hosted the Grand Opening celebration of the H.M.S. Tecumseth Centre, a world-class facility that showcases the original 1815 hull of H.M.S. Tecumseth.
  • Throughout 2014-15, continued progress was made towards the phased revitalization of Ontario Place into a year-round, landmark waterfront destination for all Ontarians and visitors to enjoy, with the government announcing in July 2014 its long-term vision for Ontario Place, which was informed by public and stakeholder input and duties.  
  • While revitalization is underway, Ontario Place Corporation operates as a landlord to two corporate entities and provides rental space and logistical support for festivals, sports events, the marina and the Pan/Parapan American Games. It hosted a number of repeat and new events such as Princess Margaret Hospital’s Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer, the 2014 Scotia Bank Toronto Waterfront Marathon and the 2014 Goodlife Fitness Toronto Marathon. Ontario Place also reached an agreement with the Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games Organizing Committee in June 2014 to host several Games events, including Open Water Swim, Triathlon, Marathon, Race Walk, Waterski Wakeboard and Cycling.

Pan/Parapan American Games Secretariat

  1. Continued to implement the strategic direction, coordination and oversight of the provincial government's participation in and responsibilities for the delivery of the 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games:
    • Engaged in the review of TO2015’s Version 3 Business Plan which incorporated Ontario’s additional investment of $74 million for Games operations that was approved in September 2014 to support TO2015’s responsible delivery of a successful Games.
    • Continued to monitor TO2015’s activities as part of Ontario’s oversight responsibility under the Ontario Support Agreement (OSA), Multi-Party Agreement (MPA) and Transfer Payment Agreement (TPA) to ensure successful delivery of 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games
    • Continued implementing a risk-based approach to overseeing the provincial effort to support the Games.
    • Began coordinating the development of a provincial wind-up plan and working closely with TO2015, began planning for an orderly, efficient and transparent wind up of all Games-related activities.

  2. Continued to ensure Ontario's objectives leading up to, during and after the Games are achieved, including the successful development of the Athletes’ Village which is the catalyst for the accelerated revitalization of the West Don Lands:
    • The Village was completed on-time and on-budget on January 28, 2015. 
    • The budget for the Village totals $709 million, including site preparation costs. The fixed-price contract with Dundee Kilmer to construct the Village is $514 million. Through the use of Alternative Finance and Procurement, significant risks for on-time and on-budget delivery were transferred to the contractor.

  3. Continued to manage partnerships with TO2015, the federal government, municipalities and other key partners/ministries on Games planning and operation:
    • Developed PPAGS’ plans and procedures for Games-time, and tested the interoperability of Games-time plans with TO2015 and municipal, provincial, and federal partners through the Provincial Integrated Exercise Program.
    • At the close of the 2014-15 fiscal year, seven of the ten Infrastructure Ontario managed sport venues had been completed. Cumulatively, the ten capital projects, accounting for 80 per cent of the Games capital budget, have come in significantly under budget. Projects completed in 2014-15 include:
      • Pan Am/Parapan Am Aquatics Centre and Fieldhouse
      • Milton Pan Am/Parapan Am Velodrome
      • Birchmount Stadium
      • Centennial Park Track
      • Markham Pan Am Centre
      • Etobicoke Olympium
      • U of T Pan Am Fields
    • The three remaining venues -- the Hamilton Pan Am Soccer Stadium, Pan/Parapan Am Athletics Stadium, and Toronto Track and Field Centre – will be completed early in 2015-16, well in advance of the Toronto 2015 Games.
    • Established effective partnerships with TO2015, the federal government, provincial ministries, municipalities and universities, and other key partners to ensure required Games services are planned appropriately.
    • Worked with consultants to provide critical Games security expertise and coordinated among the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, the Integrated Security Unit and TO2015 to proactively resolve Games security gaps and address recommendations from the Auditor General of Ontario.
    • Reviewed transportation plans and coordinated among the Ministry of Transportation, TO2015, transit agencies, and municipalities to achieve consensus on transportation challenges (e.g., integrated transit ticket, implementation of an HOV network, etc.) and contribute to the development of the Strategic Framework for Transportation.
    • Work with the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM), the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, and TO2015 to ensure planning and funding accountabilities for health and emergency management services are aligned and gaps are proactively resolved.
    • Acted as a liaison between OFMEM and municipal partners to align Games time planning.

  4. Continued to work with key partners/ministries to implement provincial promotion and legacy strategies to leverage the opportunities presented by the Games and ensure that Ontario’s interests leading up to, during and after the Games are realized:
    • Completed 250 kilometres of gaps along Trans Canada Trail Ontario and connections to Games venues.
    • Supported Game-time activations for Aboriginal, Francophone and LGBTQ communities in a place and manner of their choosing.
    • Ensured sustainable funding for the Canadian Sport Institute Ontario to attract high performance athletes/para-athletes, and to attract National/Provincial Sport Organizations to locate their training centres at the facility.
    • Provided support for Nathan Phillips Square programming and activations during the Games.
    • Introduced PPAKids curriculum-based resources to encourage healthy active living in schools and for community sport and recreation service organizations to increase youth participation in sport activities.    
    • Positioned Ontario as a leading jurisdiction for volunteerism via a province-wide certification system and a gateway to connect volunteers with organizations and connections to future paid employment.
    • Created an allowance for post-secondary students who volunteer for the Games to be eligible for waived Ontario Student Assistance Program pre-study contribution or an extension of the OSAP repayment grace period for recent graduates.
    • Ensured alignment of provincial skills training and employment programs with the Games via Pre-Apprenticeship Training program.
    • Developed and delivered a number of Promotion and Celebration initiatives, including: IGNITE Ontario funding program (launched in March 2014) and Celebrate Ontario support for MTCS’ tourism and culture agencies.
    • Launched the Sport Legacy Fund which will support three key Legacy facilities for operation and maintenance as well as high performance support and access.

Table 3: Ministry Interim Actual Expenditures 2013-14

 

Ministry Interim Actual Expenditures ($M)
2014-15 *

Operating

1,647.13

Capital

77.91

Staff Strength  **
(as of March 31, 2015)

896.26

* Interim actuals reflect the numbers presented in the 2015 Ontario Budget.
** Ontario Public Service Full-Time Equivalent positions.