A Three Fires Collaborative Quest

OVERVIEW

The Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO) in collaboration with Indigenous Tourism Ontario (ITO), and the Ontario Tourism Education Corporation (OTEC) are now accepting applications for A Three Fires Collaborative Quest Program – a program designed to fill critical gaps within the industry and encourage recovery and growth of the province’s tourism workforce by bringing awareness of opportunities to potential Indigenous employees.

The program, A Three Fires Collaborative Quest, will be executed in three phases – each managed by one of the three aforementioned partners respectively. 

Fire One: Fall 2021 – March 2022

Indigenous tourism businesses will receive one-on-one coaching and support from ITO’s Indigenous Business Advisory (IBA) Program to assist in getting them market ready for the reopening. The structured content delivered to participants of the IBA Program will address all areas of a tourism operation required for business sustainability and success and will follow market-ready standards established specifically for the Indigenous tourism industry. 

Fire Two: Fall 2021 – March 2022

The second fire will be managed by OTEC who will design and execute workshops to provide customized frontline training for 100+ Indigenous tourism employees as well as those identified through the IBA.

Fire Three: December 2021 – March 2022

The third fire, executed by TIAO, is an employee-to-employer matching event designed to bridge the gap between the other two fires by helping Indigenous tourism employees find employers, and conversely, tourism businesses (both Indigenous and non-Indigenous) find employees.

ELIGIBILITY

Potential Employees

To be eligible for the program as a potential employee, you must be Indigenous. After being accepted into the program, you will have the opportunity to participate in frontline training workshops facilitated by OTEC. These workshops are suitable for potential employees whether you are just starting in the tourism industry, or if you have experience but are seeking a new position within the industry.

You will be invited to participate in the Employee to Employer Matching event taking place on the following dates: 

  • December 6th 2021
  • January 10th 2022
  • February 7th 2022
  • March 7th 2022

Hosted virtually, our online platform will allow you to schedule video interviews with potential employers, and vice-versa, in order to provide you the opportunity to secure employment in 2022.

To apply as a potential employee, click button below:

Apply as Potential Employee

 

Potential Employers

Please note: A Three Fires Collaborative Quest is designed to build capacity in the tourism workforce for the 2022 season. Employees will be applying for positions for 2022.

To apply for the program as an employer, you must be a tourism business in Ontario, and you must be willing to support your new employee’s training and development in collaboration with the program. Potential employees can begin frontline training in Fall 2021, the training will be available for the duration of the program. 

You will be invited to participate in the Employee to Employer Matching event taking place on the following dates: 

  • December 6th 2021
  • January 10th 2022
  • February 7th 2022
  • March 7th 2022

Hosted virtually, our online platform will allow you to schedule online interviews with potential employees, and vice-versa, to interview them for your eligible positions in 2022.

Additionally, upon completion of the program, you will be eligible to receive a wage subsidy of up to 30%, with a maximum of $3,000 per employee hired.

To apply as an employer, click the button below:

Apply as Employer

BENEFITS

  • Provides immediate financial support in the form of wage subsidies to enable operators to hire 125 Indigenous employees.  
  • Provides training opportunities to frontline, supervisory and ownership positions through interactive workshops and coaching sessions.  
  • Provides Indigenous operators with direct support from Indigenous Business Advisors focusing on ITO’s Four Pillars.
  • During the program, you will be eligible to receive a wage subsidy of 30%, to a maximum of $3,000 per employee hired.
  • Provides job matching with operators for 2022 operating season by matching employees with suitable employers for the TIAO E2E Strategy

WAGE SUBSIDY PROGRAM

A Three Fires Collaborative Quest will assist in the identification of job opportunities with Indigenous and Non-Indigenous employers and potentially matching them with Indigenous employees within Ontario’s tourism sector, as tourism operators scale up for the year of the Ontario Staycation. Qualified employers will be eligible for a 30% wage subsidy of up to $3,000 per employee.

INDIGENOUS TOURISM SERIES WORKSHOPS

The Indigenous Tourism Series Workshop falls under the second fire, which is the execution of workshops to provide customized frontline training for 100+ Indigenous tourism employees as well as those identified through an Indigenous Business Advisor (IBA). Workshops can be hosted in-person, virtually, or self taught through OTEC’s online learning platform.

The Indigenous Tourism Series Workshop includes three different trainings:

  • Service Excellence
  • Leading for Excellence
  • Coaching for Excellence

An overview, target audience, and learning outcomes on each of the trainings can be found here: Three Fires Workshop Overview
If you are interested in having yourself, your employees, or a group certified, please contact IBA@IndigenousTourismOntario.ca
If you are interested in the self taught virtual trainings, please follow the following instructions: OTEC Registration

EMPLOYER COVID-19 INFORMATION

CONTACT

For more information about IBA 2.0 and the Three Fires Program, please contact IBA@IndigenousTourismOntario.ca.