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Caribana shut out of funding

Caribana organizers say the festival is about $100,000 behind infunding this year due to shortfalls in expected government funding.

Caribana organizers say the festival is about $100,000 behind in funding this year due to shortfalls in expected government funding.

Caribana chair Joe Halstead told the Toronto Star he was hoping for $300,000 from Celebrate Ontario, run through the province’s ministry of tourism and culture.

This year, the program gave $11 million to festivals in Ontario, including $300,000 each to North by Northeast (NXNE), Pride, Hot Docs, Luminato, Nuit Blanche and the Toronto Jazz Festival.

But Caribana did not qualify this year, despite receiving $300,000 in 2008.

The ministry of tourism and culture said in a statement that Celebrate Ontario is a “highly competitive program.”