Latest Research from Destination Canada

Destination Canada continues to release valuable research that can be used to inform your strategy and help make important decisions. These reports can be accessed on the Destination Canada website free of cost. Links to follow below.

Canadian Resident Sentiment & Travel Related Measures  
See this week’s reports for the latest on how Canadians across the country are feeling towards visitors to their region, as well as an overview of each province and territories’ updated travel related guidelines.   
COVID-19 Impact & Recovery Reports
These reports provide an overview of the most recent impacts of COVID-19 both at home, in Canada, and internationally, including any signs of recovery in tourism. This week DC released the following updates:
  • Canada Impact & Recovery Infographic (Dec 1 data) Read more.
  • International Impact & Recovery Infographic (Dec 1 data) Read more.
  • US Impact & Recovery Report (Nov 17 data) Read more.

Seasonal Cleanup Grant Program

Is your Trail ready?
A recent Léger survey found that 69% of Canadians plan to use trails this winter. Is your Trail ready? Trans Canada Trail (TCT) is currently accepting applications for the 2020 Seasonal Cleanup on The Great Trail! Eligible groups could receive a grant of between $500 and $2,000 to winterize their trail, allowing users to safely access the benefits of outdoor recreation 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:
  • Submit your application by January 15, 2021 at midnight (EST). It only takes 5 minutes! All applications must be submitted using this 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: 


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.


Join our team!
Passionate about food, travel and trying new things? Indigenous Tourism Ontario is currently looking for multiple Ontario residents to join our team. Learn more about the opportunities on our
careers page and read the job descriptions listed below. To apply, please email your resume to info@IndigenousTourismOntario.ca and include the title you’re applying for in the subject. 

Apply by January 5th, 2021

Accounting Administrator 
Coordinator, Business Advisory Program 
Marketing Specialist 

Apply by January 8th, 2021

Business Advisor (multiple roles available)

Rendez-vous Canada Returning in 2021

Taking into account all health, safety and travel restrictions, Rendez-vous Canada + (RVC+) are adopting a new virtual event format; embracing a more expansive and inclusive mindset that allows new audiences to access the event. RVC+ is an invitation to share our love for Canada and foster a strong and vibrant visitor economy in Canada. ITO looks forward to connecting with you at RVC+!
Registration opens February 1, 2021. More information about registering for this important event to follow in early 2021.

Summer Solstice Indigenous Marketplace

Gift Cards Now Available!
Can’t decide on a gift? How about a gift card to the Summer Solstice Indigenous Marketplace? $25, $50 and $100 cards are now available for purchase. Redeemable at the SSIF Marketplace and valid until June 30, 2021. The SSIF marketplace has unique products for everyone to enjoy! Support local and Indigenous small businesses and artists this year by shopping the Summer Solstice Indigenous Marketplace or gifting a digital gift card.

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 


Ontario to Help Fund Science North’s New Travelling Exhibit

This morning, the Ontario government announced Science North will receive $1.4 million funding to develop the Great Northern Ontario Roadshow which will help drive regional and local tourism. Starting in the second half of 2021, the tour will span across 50 northern Ontario communities and looks to support local tourist attractions and create 140 employment opportunities. 

Read the CTV coverage,


10 Most Influential Leaders to Watch in 2020

ITO President and CEO, Kevin Eshkawkogan, has been featured in the Global Business Leaders Magazine’s 10 Most Influential Leaders to Watch in 2020. The article shares the story of Indigenous Tourism Ontario and highlights the importance of persistence, integrity, trust and credibility in leadership. Kevin also shares his story and advice for entrepreneurs.

Read the full article on pg. 20-22,

      Indigenous Tourism Ontario
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      4 directions Complex Unit 4
      Aundeck Omni Kaning, Ontario
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      ITO Holiday Schedule
      Office closure from December 21st, 2020 – January 1st, 2021

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