The company plans to increase the stadium's capacity from 21,500 to 30,000, with the potential to add 10,000 more temporary seats for special occasions. The planned renovations also call for a roof over the stands.
Drake is going to profit significantly from his concert, said Malcolm, so the government should not shell out taxpayer dollars on top of that.
The government shouldn't be lining the pockets of corporate giants, said the Canadian Taxpayers Federation.
"For what? They're already going to run them at a profit. It makes absolutely no sense and it's indicative of how this government runs just about everything."
"We are very committed to the cultural sector, we're very committed to supporting artists and art in this province and we will continue to do so and festivals quite frankly of all sorts."
"In the present state, if we don't receive other funding, then we're going to have to make some devastating cuts to the festival because we cannot move forward with the foundation that we've build over the years," Chilelli said.
Lido Chilelli, the jazz festival's executive producer, said the event attracts about 500,000 residents and tourists every year and provides a big boost to local restaurants, hotels and shops.
the taxpayers as well."
It's bad enough that they quietly gave $500,000 to MLSE to help secure the 2016 NBA all star game for Toronto a grant Premier Kathleen Wynne defended, the Ontario Tories said.
drew 441 applications last year. The jazz festival's proposal just didn't make the cut, they said.
"These are things that make money on their own, they're making these companies money and then we subsidize it," he said.
Meanwhile, Toronto's Beaches International Jazz Festival a free event didn't qualify for a grant under the same program, called Celebrate Ontario, even though it had received $75,000 a year for the past six years.
Critics urge Liberals to stop giving MLSE taxpayer dollars
Multimillionaire rapper Drake has been awarded a $300,000 government grant to stage his two day OVO Fest in Toronto this summer. According to Ticketmaster, admission ranges from $66.50 to $750 for "platinum" two day tickets.
TORONTO Ontario's governing Liberals must stop doling out taxpayer dollars to giant corporations and celebrities like Drake while cutting funding to community events, critics said Monday.
A spokeswoman for Infrastructure Minister Denis Lebel said Ottawa will not provide any money for the project.
The Liberals defended the decision to fund the Drake concert rather than the jazz festival, saying Celebrate Ontario is a competitive program that Nike Air Max Black With Red
"They already get enough money from folks for buying sports tickets and all this kind of thing," said Candice Malcolm, the organization's Ontario director.
"I can tell you that the federal government has no program to fund professional sports facilities," Michele Jamali Paquette said in an email.
The company that owns the Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Raptors, and the city's professional soccer team says it will put in $90 million for the upgrade of BMO Field, but only if it gets $30 million from the city, province Nike Air Max Dynasty Women's and federal government.
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford was the only member of the city's executive committee to vote against giving MLSE money, saying the private sector not taxpayers should foot the bill.
MLSE is one of the most successful sports companies in the world and Drake doesn't need any handouts either, said Tory critic Rod Jackson.
Maple Leaf Sports Entertainment, a sports giant estimated to be worth $2 billion, has requested $10 million from the province to expand and upgrade a soccer field in Toronto.
"In fact, our government has decided against creating such a program. This decision is applied consistently across the country."
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It has said that it will repay the city's $10 million over 20 years with interest.
"They did submit a request," said Michael Chan, minister of tourism, culture and sport. "We are looking at it."
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But the governing Liberals, who are facing a $12 billion deficit, said they are still considering the proposal.
No reason was given by the government when it rejected their application for funding, he said. Organizers also weren't told of any other programs to which they could apply.
"I can't tell you the details of every single application that comes in," said Wynne.
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