RBC Canadian Open boosts tourism and delivers economic impact

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HAMILTON, ONTARIO: Photo Bernard Brault, Golf Canada RBC CANADIAN OPEN Hamilton Golf & Country Club WEDNESDAY May 29th, 2024 Pro-Am Walk with the Pro

Support from the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport to enhance the three-night SiriusXM Concert Series happening onsite at Hamilton Golf and Country Club during the 113th playing of
Canada’s National Open Championship

May 29, 2024 – Golf Canada is pleased to acknowledge and thank the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport for its funding support of the 2024 RBC Canadian Open intended to drive economic impact from an event focused specifically on a combination of tourism, culture, and sport.

The 2024 RBC Canadian Open runs May 28 to June 2 at the historic Hamilton Golf and Country Club in Ancaster, Ontario. One of Canada’s signature sporting events, Canada’s National Open Championship is the only Canadian stop on the PGA TOUR and has transformed into a weeklong, fan-focused festival experience—a kickoff to summer with world-class golf, as well as food and music experiences for event enthusiasts of all ages.

Funding for the 2024 RBC Canadian Open has enabled Golf Canada to invigorate the SiriusXM Concert Series happening onsite (May 30 through June 1) at the Hamilton Golf and Country Club by adding a third-night of concerts, featuring an all-Canadian artist lineup.

Dance music duo Loud Luxury and Toronto DJ Frank Walker will perform on Thursday, May 30; night two features Juno Award winners July Talk and Canadian legends Our Lady Peace on Friday, May 31; and Saturday, June 1 will be highlighted by award-winning singer, songwriter and philanthropist, Lindsay Ell and country music rising star Josh Ross.

“On behalf Golf Canada and everyone involved with the 2024 RBC Canadian Open, we are extremely appreciative of the incredible support received from the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport,” said Golf Canada COO Garrett Ball. “The ministry’s funding support has been a major boost in the expansion of our now three-night SiriusXM Concert Series to deliver a truly immersive fan-festival experience onsite at Hamilton Golf and Country featuring an all-Canadian artist lineup.”  

The RBC Canadian Open is one of Canada’s signature sport properties and a major tourism sport festival having been named a finalist for the 2023 Sport Tourism Canada’s Event of the Year. The 2024 event, which is expected to draw more than 130,000 for the week, is a significant economic driver for the community and province generating more than $66M in economic impact within Ontario.

“The RBC Canadian Open is celebrated by fans from across the country and around the globe as a world-class showcase of excellence in golf,” said Neil Lumsden, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. “Our government is thrilled to support events like the RBC Canadian Open, which boost tourism, create jobs and deliver substantial economic benefits locally and provincewide.”

The RBC Canadian Open is a rallying point for Canadian golf—a sport which counts more than 6M active Canadian participants who in 2023 played more than 74M rounds of golf. In a recently released Canadian Golf Economic Impact Study, the sport of golf contributes a massive amount to Canada GDP at 23.2 billion ($8.0B in Ontario) and supporting 237,000 person-years of employment (80,500 in Ontario). Golf in Canada also supports $382M in charitable activities, accounts for $4.7B taxes paid to government ($1.7B in Ontario), and provides positive physical, social, and mental health benefits to Canadians in communities from coast to coast.