Tourism is one of the world’s most competitive industries, and a vital component of a strong, sustainable economy in British Columbia. Recognizing the importance of this industry, the Tourism Events Program (TEP) was created to help events increase the volume of visitors to British Columbia, broaden global recognition of the province, and build our reputation as an internationally renowned destination. By providing supplemental funding for marketing, promotional, advertising, and broadcast activities, TEP helps events gain exposure and have a greater impact on the province.
Important to note to applicants: Please review all the information on this page before filling out the application form. This will help in submitting the strongest application possible.
All applicants are required to demonstrate how the event meets the following criteria:
Given the volume of requests and limited funding, the following criteria are also considered:
Events may not be primarily commercial or academic in nature (e.g. consumer shows, symposia, conventions, meetings and conferences, seminars and clinics, educational competitions, etc.). However, ancillary events/festivals created to coincide with these examples may be eligible. Attractions, shows, tours, or projects held over an extended period of time are also not eligible for funding.
Funding provided through TEP must be used to broaden the reach and impact of the event through marketing and communications, which may include: broadcasts, promotional materials, social media, advertisements, etc. See FAQs for examples of eligible and ineligible activities.
Funding limits are determined based on the size of the event budget. The event budget is considered the sum of total operating costs/expenses related to the event, and should not include the expenses that would be covered with TEP funding. The operating costs described must be for the event itself and not the operating expenses of the applicant organization.
These limits are the maximum amount an event can apply for. However, the applicant must ensure the funding amount requested is appropriate for the event (generally considered to be 10% of the overall budget or less). Funding may only be applied to activities deemed eligible for TEP funds. The minimum funding request is $10,000 for all events.
Applicants may apply within the following limits:
|Small Event||Event Budget up to $500,000||$10,000 to $35,000|
|Mid-Sized Event||Event Budget up to $1.5M||up to $100,000|
|Large Event||Event Budget of $1.5 million or greater||up to $175,000|
|Very Large Event||Event Budget of $2.5 million or greater||up to $250,000|
Note: Events are eligible for funding for a maximum of three years and must reapply each year. An event that has reached the three-year maximum may reapply after a one-year waiting period. Exceptions to the waiting period may be considered.
The application window is now open for events taking place between November 1, 2019 and October 31, 2020.
TO APPLY: All applications must be submitted to MRDT@destinationbc.ca using the updated application form for the March – April 2019 intake. Applications using an old application form will not be considered. Applications must be submitted by 4:30 p.m. PST on April 30, 2019 to be considered.
Please note: The Government of BC firewall does not accept zip files. You will receive an email confirmation upon receipt of your application.
All submissions will be reviewed once the application window is closed. The estimated decision time is approximately two to three months after the window has closed. All applicants will be contacted once funding decisions are made.
The TEP is a competitive program that is customarily over-prescribed. It is possible that not all applicants will be successful in receiving funding, in part or in full.
Future application intakes and corresponding eligible event windows are as follows:
|Application Intake||Eligible Event Window|
|September 1, 2019 – October 31, 2019||May 1, 2020 – April 30, 2021|
|March 1, 2020 – April 30, 2020||November 1, 2020 – October 31, 2021|
|September 1, 2020 – October 31, 2020||May 1, 2021 – April 30, 2022|
All program policies and materials are subject to change. For those are interested in applying in a future application window, please check our website closer to the application window opening for any program updates.
Successful applicants will have the following responsibilities:
See FAQs for more information.
Inquiries and applications should be sent to MRDT@destinationbc.ca.
Since TEP launched in September 2015, the Province of British Columbia is pleased to provide support to the following successful TEP applications:
|Event||Date of Event||Location of Event|
|2016 Men’s World Rugby Sevens||March 12-13, 2016||Vancouver|
|IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship||March 28-April 4, 2016||Kamloops|
|2016 Women’s World Rugby Sevens||April 16-17, 2016||Langford|
|Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Festival||August 18-21, 2016||Salmon Arm|
|Americas Masters Games||August 26-Sept. 4, 2016||Vancouver|
|2016 Pacific Links Championships||September 19-25, 2016||Langford|
|Grand Slam of Curling||November 8-13, 2016||Cranbrook|
|2016 World Junior Taekwondo Championships||November 16-20, 2016||Burnaby|
|Big White 2017 World Para Snowboard Championships||February 1-8, 2017||Big White|
|Just for Laughs NorthWest||February 16-25, 2017||Vancouver|
|2017 Men’s World Rugby Sevens||March 11-12, 2017||Vancouver|
|2017 Telus Cup||April 24-30, 2017||Prince George|
|Vancouver Marathon||May 7, 2017||Vancouver|
|2017 Women’s World Rugby Sevens||May 27-28, 2017||Langford|
|BC Golf Swing||May 29-June 18, 2017||Victoria, Kelowna, Vancouver|
|BC Bike Race||July 5-13, 2017||Cumberland, Powell River, Sechelt, North Van, Squamish, Whistler|
|Nanaimo Dragon Boat Festival||July 7-9, 2017||Nanaimo|
|FIVB Women’s Volleyball World Grand Prix||July 20-23, 2017||Richmond|
|Honda Celebration of Light||July 29, Aug 2, Aug 5, 2017||Vancouver|
|Rockin’ River Music Fest||August 3-6, 2017||Merritt|
|ArtsWells Festival of all Things Art||August 4-7, 2017||Wells|
|World Indigenous Basketball Challenge||August 8-12, 2017||Vancouver|
|25th Annual Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival||August 14-21, 2017||Salmon Arm|
|2017 ITU World Multisport Championships||August 18-27, 2017||Penticton|
|Slow Food Cycle Sunday||August 20, 2017||Pemberton|
|2017 Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship||Sept 11–17, 2017||Langford|
|7th Karate-do Goju-kai Global Championships||Sept 28–Oct 1, 2017||Richmond|
|2017 GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon||October 6 – 8, 2017||Victoria|
|2017 World Under 17 Hockey Championships||November 5–11, 2017||Dawson Creek, Fort St. John|
|2018 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships||January 26-February 3, 2018||Vancouver (UBC)|
|Coldsnap – Prince George Winter Music Festival||January 8–14, 2018||Prince George|
|2018 Freeride World Tour Kicking Horse||February 3–9, 2018||Kicking Horse and Golden|
|Big White 2018 Para Snowboard World Cup||February 5-8, 2018||Big White|
|Lunar New Year Festival||February 8-26, 2018||Richmond, Vancouver|
|2018 Just For Laughs (JFL) NorthWest||Feb 27-Mar 10, 2018||Vancouver|
|HSBC Canada Men’s Rugby Sevens Series||March 10-11, 2018||Vancouver|
|2018 Juno ancillary events: Juno Cup, Junofest, Juno Fan Fare Junior Junos and the Juno Photography Exhibition||March 19-25, 2018||Vancouver|
|2018 Sport Chek Canadian National Technical Alpine Ski Championships||March 21-24, 2018||Red Mountain Resort, Rossland|
|Snowbombing Canada||April 5-9, 2018||Sun Peaks|
|World Ski & Snowboard Festival||April 11-15, 2018||Whistler|
|BMO Vancouver Marathon||May 6, 2018||Vancouver|
|Northern FanCon||May 11-13, 2018||Prince George|
|HSBC Canada Women’s Rugby Sevens Series||May 12-13, 2018||Langford|
|RBC Cup||May 12-20, 2018||Chilliwack|
|Vancouver Craft Beer Week||May 25-June 3, 2018||Vancouver|
|Mackenzie Tour – BC Golf Swing||May 28-July 17, 2018||Vancouver, Victoria, Kelowna|
|Golf Canada National Championships Series||May 28-Aug 24, 2018||Chilliwack, Van, Tsawwassen, Duncan, Victoria|
|Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival||June 6-Sept 22, 2018||Vancouver|
|2018 Tough Mudder Whistler||June 16-17, 2018||Whistler|
|2018 Canada Cup International Wheelchair Rugby Tournament||June 12-18, 2018||Richmond|
|2018 Canadian Gymnaestrada||June 27-Jul 2, 2018||Richmond|
|International Choral Kathaumixw||July 3-7, 2018||Powell River|
|Big White Invitational Slopestyle 2018||July 6-8, 2018||Big White|
|2018 Bass Coast Festival||July 6–9, 2018||Merritt|
|Squamish Wind Festival||July 26-28, 2018||Squamish|
|Sooke Fine Arts Show||July 27 – Aug 6, 2018||Sooke|
|Honda Celebration of Light||July 28, Aug 1, Aug 4, 2018||Vancouver|
|ArtsWells Festival of All Things Art||Aug 3 – 6, 2018||Wells (and Barkerville Heritage Site)|
|Vanderhoof International Airshow||Aug 4, 2018||Vanderhoof Municipal Airport|
|Vancouver Mural Festival||Aug 6 – 11, 2018||Vancouver|
|Abbotsford International Airshow||Aug 10 – 12, 2018||Abbotsford|
|Edge of the World Music Festival||Aug 10 – 12, 2018||Tlell (Haida Gwaii)|
|2018 International Ornithological Congress and Birding Festival||Aug 19-26, 2018||Vancouver|
|Vancouver Island Blues Bash||Sept 1-3, 2018||Victoria|
|Primal Quest Expedition Adventure Race||Sept 6-15, 2018||Lillooet, Pemberton, Whistler, Squamish|
|Luna Art Festival||Sept 28-30, 2018||Revelstoke|
|Salute to the Sockyeye||Sept 28-Oct 21, 2018||Roderick Haig-Brown Park, Lee Creek (near Kamloops)|
|Festival of the Grape||Sept 30, 2018||Oliver|
|BreakOut West 2018||Oct 10-14, 2018||Kelowna|
|World Rowing Coastal Championships||Oct 11-14, 2018||Sidney|
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