Destination Canada Releases Updated Domestic Travel Report
Destination Canada (DC) continues to release valuable research that can be used to inform your strategy and help make important decisions. An updated domestic report is now live, highlighting the latest signals from consumer and industry behaviour to understand when, where and at what pace travel and tourism will resume across all provinces and territories. This includes an assessment of booking and travel rates as well as search indexes. The full assessment of the province of Ontario can be found on Page 7 of the report here.
HASCAP Webinar Available Now
Available until June 30, 2021, the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) will work with participating Canadian financial institutions to offer government-guaranteed, low-interest loans of up to $1 million. Hard-hit businesses, like a chain of hotels or restaurants with multiple locations under one related entity, could be eligible for up to $6.25 million. For more detail on the HASCAP Guarantee, watch BDC’s informational webinar and learn if this is the right financing for your business here.
Ontario Small Business Support Grant
Ontario Small Business Support Grant
The Ontario Small Business Support Grant helps small businesses that are required to close or significantly restrict services under the Provincewide Shutdown effective December 26, 2020. This program will provide a minimum of $10,000 and up to $20,000 to help small business owners during this challenging period.

Main Street Relief Grant: PPE Support
This is a one-time grant of up to $1000 for eligible businesses with 2 to 9 employees. Sectors include retail, accommodation and food services, and more. 

Property Tax and Energy Cost Rebate Grants
This grant will cover the entire length of time that public health restrictions are in place for municipal and education property taxes and energy costs, including electricity and natural gas (or where natural gas is not available, propane and heating oil).


Cooking With the Three Sisters
Join the Neighbourhood Food Hub in welcoming Chef Joseph Shawana in their next workshop series Cooking with the Three Sisters!
This series of online workshops explores a trifecta of agricultural sustainability; Beans, Corn, and Squash. Cultivated by many Indigenous groups, the Three Sisters are an important facet of Indigenous culture and foodways. During each workshop, Chef Joseph Shawana will focus on one of the Sisters, guide us through delicious recipes, and explore the complex and supportive relationship between the Sisters from growth to consumption. In the spirit of sharing Indigenous values and food systems, the workshops will also include ways to use the whole item to reduce waste and ensure a full and nourishing harvest.
Food Matters: Growing Relationships through Indigenous Food Sovereignty
The Jesuit Forum for Social Faith and Justice is hosting a panel discussion on Indigenous food sovereignty on Wednesday, February 17, from 4:30 – 6:00pm EST. The panel will explore ways we can support and advance Indigenous sovereignty together, and how Indigenous food sovereignty movements seek to address questions of justice and ecological regeneration. Learn more and register to attend this free online event here.
Valentine’s Day With Summer Solstice Virtual Marketplace

Since Kasagiyan means “I love you” in Algonquin, what better way to share the love this Valentine’s Day than with a box of Indigenous made goodies? Spoil your favourite person with chocolates, art, wellness products, maple syrup and a customized hand written Kasagiyan card. Choose between three different boxes, or design your own! Boxes range in price from $50-$150, with local Ottawa delivery or shipping via Canada Post. 

Summer Solstice Virtual Marketplace is produced in collaboration with Ottawa’s Indigenous Experiences and Indigenous Tourism Ontario. If you are interested in becoming a vendor, please contact Festival Coordinator, Leanne Vance at 

ShopHERE Program Webinars
Need a website? Join Digital Main St. for their free information sessions about the ShopHERE program to learn how you can get support!

Session 1 Date: February 11, 2021      Time: 11:30am – 12:30pm EST
DO Session Date: February 12, 2021  Time: 10:00am – 11:00am EST
Session 2 Date: February 18, 2021      Time: 11:30am – 12:30pm EST

To help independent tourism operators, Destination Ontario is teaming up with Digital Main Street and Google to provide free online store builds and marketing training for small businesses to reach new customers online. Each session listed above will focus on how small businesses can learn about and participate in the ShopHERE Powered by Google Program to build a new online store or improve existing websites to support ecommerce. Take advantage of one-on-one support to be more effective in selling your product or service in a digital environment! Free supports include:
  • One-on-one coaching to help build and launch your online store
  • Training on how to manage it (including inventory management, shipping, fulfillment, and more)
  • Support to get your online store live
  • Help with marketing on channels like Google, Facebook, and Instagram.
To learn more about the program, visit the ShopHERE webpage.
To register for the DO Session, click
To register for Session 1 or Session 2, click


Ontario Extending Stay-at-Home Order Across Most of the Province

In consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the government is moving to a regional approach and maintaining the shutdown in the majority of the public health regions in Ontario, including the Stay-at-Home order and all existing public health and workplace safety measures. The province will gradually transition each region from the shutdown measures to a revised COVID-19 Response Framework: Keeping Ontario Safe and Open

The following three regions will be moving back to the Framework at the Green-Prevent level on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. and will no longer be subject to the Stay-at-Home order:

  • Hastings Prince Edward Public Health;
  • Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington Public Health; and
  • Renfrew County and District Health Unit.

The remaining 28 public health unit regions in the province will continue to apply the lockdown and stay-at-home order until Tuesday, February 16, 2021 with exception of Toronto, Peel and York, where the lockdown and stay-at-home order will continue to apply until February 22nd. Dates are subject to change.

Read the full news release with quick facts 


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