The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport
Supports the delivery and marketing of high quality tourism and cultural experiences to Ontarians and visitors to Ontario. Promoting a sustainable, customer-focused tourism industry helps improve our quality of life, increase pride in our communities, and increase economic growth.

Encourages the arts and cultural industries, protects Ontario's heritage and advances the public library system to maximize their contribution to the province's economic and social vitality.
Seeks to increase investment in Ontario's tourism industry.

The Sport, Recreation and Community Programs Division continues to champion participation in sport and recreation activities across Ontario. Through this participation more Ontarians will lead an active healthy lifestyle which will lead to better health outcomes, reduced prevalence of chronic diseases and contribute to a reduced burden on the health care system.

Works in partnership with our agencies, attractions, boards and commissions, the tourism industry, other ministries, other levels of government and the private sector.

Games Ontario

The Ontario Summer and Winter Games started in 1970 in Etobicoke and is a showcase of amateur sport. It is the Province’s largest multi-sport event and provides top young participants with development and competitive opportunities that prepare them for national and international competition. There are between 3,000 - 3,500 participants competing in each of the Ontario Summer and Winter Games in 20+ sports. The Ontario Summer and Winter Games are both held biannually on even numbered years (i.e. 2014, 2016).
The Ontario 55+ Games is a celebration of active living hosted every year (alternating between Winter and Summer) for individuals in Ontario who are 55 years of age or older. The Ontario 55+ Summer Games, first held in Kitchener in 1986, are hosted on even numbered years and bring together approximately 1,400 participants in August. The Ontario 55+ Winter Games, first held in Collingwood in 2000, are hosted on odd numbered years and are held in February with approximately 1,000 participants. The 55+ Games are delivered in partnership with Ontario Senior Games Association.
The Ontario ParaSport Games promote public awareness of the para-sports and showcase Ontario’s best participants. The Games provide host communities with an opportunity to make their community barrier-free and leave a legacy for persons with a disability in their community. Over 300 participants compete in 7-10 sports. The Ontario ParaSport Games were first held in Cambridge in 1975 and are held in winter in odd years. The Ontario ParaSport Games are delivered in partnership with ParaSport Ontario.
The Government of Ontario recently announced a new framework for the Ontario Games Program under the name of Games Ontario which includes a new logo and branding. Current and future host communities will be contributing to a renewed Ontario Games and the Government’s Sport Plan Game ON – a plan about improving Ontario’s sport system.