Major Festivals and Events Support Initiative

The Major Festivals and Events Support Initiative (MFESI) is a two-year, $200-million national fund to help major Canadian festivals survive and adapt to the pandemic. It will also help position them for post-pandemic economic recovery and growth.


To be eligible for funding under the MFESI, organizations must demonstrate an annual revenue exceeding $10 million.

Non repayable loans from the MFESI will be available to non-profit organizations to:

  • meet liquidity needs to ensure continued operations or adapt activities to new realities and requirements related to the pandemic
  • enhance product and experience offerings so that they can better position themselves to move into the new economy, in compliance with current health standards as defined by the relevant public authorities

For Canadian festival and cultural event organizations that don't qualify for funding through the MFESI, additional support is available through Canadian Heritage with the Reopening Fund and the Recovery Fund for Arts, Culture, Heritage, and Sport Sectors.

To apply

Due to the specific eligibility criteria of the funding, the MFESI will be delivered by four of seven regional development agencies.

If you qualify for funding, see the following resources:

Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions (CED)

For businesses located in Quebec

Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario)

For businesses located in Southern Ontario

Prairies Economic Development Canada (PrairiesCan)

For businesses located in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba

Pacific Economic Development Canada (PacifiCan)

For businesses located in British Columbia

COVID-19 safety

The safety and security of Canadians remain this government’s top priority. In order to qualify for the fund, organizations must commit to respecting important safety guidelines when they open.

Other funding support measures

Other support measures are available to you! Visit Managing your business during COVID-19 to learn more.