On August 20th, 2020, the Chiefs of Ontario (COO) hosted a virtual Annual Chiefs’ Assembly to support resolutions put forward by First Nations communities across the province. We would like to say miigwech to the COO for supporting ITO as the recognized voice for Indigenous tourism in the province of Ontario. Our success at ITO is guided by the positive impact on our people, environment and economy. The support of our First Nations Leadership is a critical part of building up our industry as we embark on our 5-Year Strategic & COVID-19 Recovery Plan. Chi miigwech Chiefs of Ontario.
COLLABORATE AND PARTNER VIRTUALLY: REGISTER NOW
Collaborations and Partnerships in Tourism: ABM and ITO partner to host virtual networking event on October 21, 2020
Tourism is one of the sectors hit hardest by the impact of COVID-19. In order to ensure that the tourism industry continues to grow and remain connected, ABM and ITO will be hosting a virtual networking event for businesses. The event will focus on collaborations and partnerships, while also strengthening the tourism sector during this difficult time.
Advanced Business Match (ABM) is a technology-facilitated trade show that connects a national network of Indigenous and non-Indigenous decision makers to create opportunities for business. To keep business moving forward, ABM has recently developed a new proprietary software that enables delegates to meet online creating a highly efficient way to connect commercial interests and drive economic growth without borders.
For this event ABM will ensure registrant projects and goals are a fit for the tailored ABM Indigenous Ontario network. Once registered, ABM delegates review detailed online profiles and select potential business matches. They then make appointments with each other which translate into 20-minute virtual meetings. This is a great opportunity to create and connect with other businesses.
In partnership with ABM, ITO is offering free registration to its members suffering financial impacts of the pandemic, a free registration. Connect with the ABM team at 604-483-3532 or email@example.com to get your discount code either before or after you complete your registration.
Early Bird expires September 20, 2020.
Payment deadline is October 13, 2020. Collaborations and Partnerships in Tourism Event is October 21, 2020
*Please note the payment due date is not a registration deadline. On the day of the payment deadline, we remove all inactive or unpaid accounts from the event. Provided your application is approved, we will accept new registrations into the online event. Payment and active business matching is required immediately.
From August 19, 2020 to September 9, 2020, the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC) has launched the second intake period for their COVID-19 Stimulus Development Fund. New information was shared with regards to existing applicants who applied during the first intake period that closed on April 30th, 2020.
Please watch the August 20th webinar recording for more information regarding existing applicants, new applicants, and tips on applying, including making sure your application details how your business participates in the visitor economy and focuses on both the impacts and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Please note: If your business submitted an application in April 2020, you are an Existing Applicant.
EXISTING APPLICANTS: Existing applicants do not need to submit a new application. Existing applicants must complete a Declaration form and are required to upload a COVID-19 Recovery Plan and project budget, in order to finalize their original April 2020 application. This supplemental
information must be submitted by September 09, 2020.
NEW APPLICANTS: if you have not previously applied for the COVID-19 Stimulus Fund for your business, you will need to submit a full application, including the Declaration, COVID-19 Recovery Plan and project budget. Only one application can be submitted per business. Applications must be submitted by September 09, 2020.
Did you visit the Ojibway Spirit Horses in Wikwemikong this weekend? If you attended the event, please take 3 minutes to complete the survey linked below to give your feedback. We want to hear about your experience!
This past weekend, Terry and John of TJ Stables were in Wikwemikong with their spirit horses at the Thunderbird Park corral. Terry and John hosted a workshop and shared the story of the spirit horses with community members and visitors. To end the evening, Terry facilitated a spirit walk down to the water with the horses, accompanied by local drummers. We thank all those who participated.
TJ Stables is a recreational equine facility that provides a fun and educational introduction to horseback riding. They offer public trail riding and pony rides, birthday parties, summer camps and a wide range of lessons at their 50-acre farm in Chatam-Kent, Ontario. Learn more about the Ojibway Spirit Horses here.
STAY TUNED: VR TOURS TO HIGHLIGHT INDIGENOUS ATTACTIONS ACROSS ONTARIO
Melissa Hardy-Giles, CEO of ORIGIN, was interviewed on tbt NEWS to share the exciting partnership between ITO and ORIGIN. ITO and ORIGIN have partnered to enhance Indigenous Tourism product offerings and grow the Indigenous tourism industry in Ontario. Together we will create virtual reality tours to capture and highlight Indigenous attractions across Ontario. We aim to launch the first virtual reality tours this fall. Stay tuned!
BECOME A VENDOR AT THE 2020 VIRTUAL RYERSON POW WOW
This year, Ryerson’s annual Pow Wow event will be going virtual. The virtual Pow Wow aims to extend economic opportunities, cultivate long-term relationships and leverage technology for placemaking, entrepreneurship and the exchange of Indigenous art and culture. The Ryerson Pow Wow 2020 will run from September 21-25 and will feature a full education week with different workshops, live videos and panels. There will be also be a virtual market place that will be open year-round starting in September 2020. Learn more about the event here.
We strongly encourage businesses who currently do not have an online selling platform to register as Ryerson’s Business Innovation Hub will be able to support you. If you wish to register to be a vendor at the Pow Wow, please fill out the form linked below.
BETH POTTER’S PRESENTATION TO THE STANDING COMMITTEE
On Tuesday, August 18th Tourism Industry Association of Ontario’s (TIAO) President and CEO Beth Potter addressed the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs.
Beth spoke about the liquidity problems that tourism SME’s are facing across our province. She addressed the large portion of businesses taking on insurmountable levels of debt who, without reform to CEWS and CECRA, will not remain economically viable and eventually close.
To ensure our industry survives, Beth called for:
An economic stimulus package that helps to keep tourism businesses solvent over a twelve to eighteen month period. To defend a thirty six billion dollar industry, a government program of dedicated forgivable grants and loans is needed.
A capital expenditure program to which businesses can apply that would help cover costs associated with PPE and physical distancing.
Cuts to permit and license costs as well as tax credits for expenditure associated with meeting new health and safety protocols.
Targeted financial support for attractions that have been unable to open even in stage three.
A tax-based incentive for Ontarians to rediscover our province and support local.