COVID-19 Supports Quick Reference Guide

Regional Tourism Organization Explorers’ Edge (RTO12) have compiled an extensive list of COVID-19 supports for the private sector and non-profit sector. These quick reference guides highlight old and new funding programs; provide main details; and list important contacts and links. This tool can help you navigate supports in one place.

Seasonal Cleanup Grant Program

During the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, more Canadians than ever have turned to outdoor recreation as a way to support their mental and physical health. Recent studies by Trans Canada Trail (TCT) and the Conference Board of Canada indicate that the trend of increasing trail usage will continue into the post-Covid recovery period, making the development and maintenance of recreational trails critical to the revitalization of local communities across the country.

With winter approaching, getting outside has never been more important for maintaining our physical and mental health. Therefore, TCT is pleased to announce the launch of the Seasonal Cleanup Grant Program (SCGP), in an effort to support groups (permanent or seasonal), to open their trail sections this winter. 

Please read the
SCGP Guidelines to learn about project eligibility. If you have any questions, please contact project@tctrail.ca.

Important information for Applicants:
  • Applicants are encouraged to submit their proposals as early as possible. The deadline to submit an application, is January 15, 2021 at midnight (EST). All applications must be submitted using our online form.
  • The status of your application will be communicated to you no later than January 31, 2021. If approved, you will receive a confirmation email, followed by an electronic funds transfer (EFT) payment.
  • To receive a Seasonal Grant from TCT, all applicants must fill out and submit the Electronic Funds Transfer Authorization form with their application.

RTOs 1, 6, 7 Offering PPE Funding

RTO 1 will reimburse up to $1,000 (pre-tax) towards items that were purchased to meet safety requirements to allow the safe re-opening of the business (minimum reimbursement of $500 pre-tax), retroactive to April 1, 2020.

RTO 6 will reimburse 50% of expenses up to a maximum of $1,000 ($2,000 total expense), for things like plexiglass, sanitizing stations, masks, stickers, etc. Any York, Durham or Headwaters private or not-for-profit business in the hospitality and recreation sectors is eligible, including accommodations, attractions, tour operators, specialty retail, restaurants, art/culture spaces, museums, heritage sites, conservation/nature areas, etc.

RTO 7 will reimburse a maximum of $1,000 towards the purchase of PPE (defined as PPE, costs incurred to adhere to social distancing, touchless payments, new technology, increased cleaning, sanitization, etc.), retroactive to April 1, 2020. Maximum 150 participants; on a “First Come, First Served” basis until funds are allocated.

RTOs 1, 6 and 7 PPE funding applications are open for intake now. Details on eligibility and application forms are available here: 



Summer Solstice Indigenous Marketplace

Have you had a chance to visit the SSIF marketplace for your holiday gift shopping yet? Get your shopping done from the comfort of your own home and find unique gift ideas for everyone on your list. Local (National Capital Region) next day delivery available with SSIF partners Gopher It! Cross Canada shipping options available as well.

When you purchase authentic Indigenous goods, you are directly contributing to the important process of Indigenous Peoples reclaiming control over how their cultures and stories are represented. It also ensures that Indigenous artists and communities receive the economic benefit they deserve. Support local and Indigenous small businesses and artists this year by shopping the Summer Solstice Indigenous Marketplace.

Summer Solstice Virtual Marketplace is produced in collaboration with Indigenous Tourism Ontario and Ottawa’s Indigenous Experiences.

If you are interested in becoming a vendor, please contact Festival Coordinator, Leanne Vance at 

Adapt 2020: Winter is Coming Series

This series will focus on popular winter tourism product groups: snowmobiling, outdoor recreation and adventure, and resort/accommodations and attracting a Hyper-Local market.
Industry specialists and panels made up of Northern Ontario tourism business operators will share their best practices and how they are considering COVID-19 in their planning. The webinar series will provide resources, tools, action plans, strategies and connections for both today and the future.

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Rising Insurance Premiums Prompt Advocacy Efforts

The Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO) is currently working with public affairs partner, Navigator, to bring attention to the issue of rising insurance premiums. There have been extortionate rises in premiums and refusal of insurance. Is this something you have experienced or are experiencing right now? Please email TIAO Director of Policy and Government Affairs, Christopher Bloore with your experiences to contribute to these advocacy efforts.

Please note, depending on the information you provide, TIAO may want to contact you to help provide comment for the media. Please indicate in your email if you are prepared to speak directly to the press if required. 

Ontario Government Further Investing in the Tourism Industry

The Ontario government is investing nearly $4.4 million to support the long-term sustainability of the province’s vital tourism industry. This funding will help deliver innovative, safe experiences, like virtual festivals and events, and support tourism operators as they navigate the impacts of COVID-19. 

TIAO President & CEO, Beth Potter joined Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries, at Stackt Market in Toronto to announce the first recipients of the new Reconnect Festival and Event Program and the Tourism Economic Development and Recovery Fund.

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      ITO Holiday Schedule
      Office closure from December 21st, 2020 – January 1st, 2021

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