Impact Assessment of COVID-19 on Ontario’s Indigenous Tourism Industry
On November 30th, Indigenous Tourism Ontario (ITO) released new data revealing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Indigenous tourism industry in Ontario. This report paints a clearer picture of the expected recovery timeline to return to pre-pandemic economic numbers and describes the impact COVID-19 has had on jobs and the sector’s contribution to Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

Visit ITO’s website to read the official
press release and the full report.
New Report Identifies
Key Trends Shaping
Canada’s Tourism Sector
Last week, DC released a new report, Tourism’s Big Shift: Key Trends Shaping the Future of Canada’s Tourism Industry, identifying the key macro, industry, and market trends that will have the greatest impact on Canadian tourism in the coming years, such as accelerated digitalization, labour and skills shortage, and remote work and residential tourism. In January 2022, DC will be hosting industry webinars to delve deeper into the key trends that will impact Canada’s tourism sector and explore the implications for tourism businesses and operators across the country. Details to come soon.
Tourism and Hospitality Recovery Program
Retaining skilled employees and attracting new workers is critical to your success. Get access to labour market data, recovery support and training for your team.
Hiring and Training Supports
Quick Reference Guide
Did you miss the Employer HR Supports Info Session hosted by Employment North? The full recording and additional resources are now available online. To hear about the programs you can access to grow your team, watch the full recording here. A summary of the Hiring and Training Supports, including A Three Fires Collaborative Quest, can be viewed in the Quick Reference Guide below.


Destination Ontario Presents: Photo and Video Best Practices
Date: Thursday, December 9, 2021
Time: 10:00-11:00am

Destination Ontario (DO) is pleased to offer the next educational webinar in their “Destination Ontario Presents” series: Photo and Video Best Practices. As marketers, visuals are instrumental in inspiring consumers to choose a product, experience, or destination. Join Joe Panetta, Creative Services Manager at DO, who will share these takeaways: 
  • Best practices for visual asset production.
  • Planning for creative vs. tactical visual acquisition. What is the difference?
  • Sharing visual assets with Destination Ontario for possible global amplification.
DO’s goal is to make sessions as helpful to the industry as possible. Feel free to submit any questions for consideration prior to the webinar to DO.Partnerships@ontario.ca by Monday, December 6, 2021. Please use the e-mail subject line “Questions for Photo and Video Webinar.” The event will be recorded and shared via e-mail along with a deck.
Forward Together
Let’s Move Forward Together! Integra Design Studio Inc. has partnered with ITO to offer ITO members an exclusive membership offer to kick start 2022. Integra Design is a full-service marketing, graphic and web design company focused on tourism and destination marketing. Métis owned and operated, Integra Design brings over 15 years of Tourism design and marketing experience to tourism operators. As an ITO member, you can access various digital and print marketing services at exclusive ITO members-only COVID-19 recovery pricing of 25% off for 2022.
A Three Fires
Employer-to-Employee Matching Event
Are you looking for a job in the Ontario Tourism Industry?
Are you Indigenous?
Are you an Ontario tourism business looking to grow your team?
If you answered yes to one of these questions, we want you to Save the Date

The first Three Fires Collaborative Quest Employee-to-Employer Matching Event is taking place on Monday, December 6th, 2021. Hosted virtually, our online platform will allow you to schedule online interviews with potential employees, and vice-versa, to interview for eligible positions in 2022. 

If you haven’t already applied for the program, there is still time! Apply now for
A Three Fires Collaborative Quest – a program designed to build capacity for the tourism workforce in Ontario. a program designed to build capacity for the tourism workforce in Ontario. Questions? Email us at IBA@IndignousTourismOntario.ca. For full program details and how to apply, please click here. The second Employer-to-Employee event will be hosted in January. Stay tuned!
Job Opportunity: Indigenous Ingenuity Coordinator,
ITO & Science North
Indigenous Tourism Ontario and Science North are currently looking for a Coordinator for the Indigenous Ingenuity Northern Tour, a 100m2 travelling exhibition produced by the Montreal Science Centre that allows visitors to experience Indigenous culture in Canada through the lens of science and innovation. Learn more about the role and access the job description here

To apply, please email your resume with the subject line “Indigenous Ingenuity Coordinator” to Leni Brem at info@indigenoustourismontario.ca by December 10, 2021 at 11:59pm.


ITO and The Royal Present ORIGINS

ITO in collaboration with The Royal Fair present a brand new series ORIGINS hosted by world-renowned chef, Micheal Bonacini. See through the lens of Indigenous chefs while learning about their cultures, traditions, techniques and current challenges. A series that will take you on a journey to unearth the roots of culture and cuisine. 
In Episode 1, Chef Michael Bonacini visits Six Nations to forage with Chef Taylor Parker. Together they discuss the importance and medicinal education of foraging for food from the land.
In Episode 2, Chef Michael Bonacini stops by Yawékon by Chef Tawnya Brant in Six Nations where Michael is surprised with an Indigenous take on his favourite dish, beef bourguignon; or in this case, moose bourguignon!
In Episode 3, Chef Michael Bonacini met up with Chef Joseph Shawana at Centennial College to explore the importance of passing knowledge on to youth and promoting Indigenous careers in hospitality.
In Episode 4, Chef Michael Bonacini visits Chef Shawn Adler’s Flying Chestnut Kitchen to learn about Shawn’s entrepreneurial spirit and passion. Tune in to hear how Shawn is reconnecting to his Indigenous roots.
Sudbury Names New Economic Development Lead
Congratulations to Meredith Armstrong for being named the new Director of Economic Development with the city of Sudbury. Meredith, a proud member of the ITO board of directors, plays an active role with many other regional initiatives and has had a long tenure with the city. In her new role as director, Armstrong will be responsible for a large portfolio of important economic-related services which include investment and business development, tourism, entrepreneurship, arts and culture, and immigration. Read more here.

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