NEW Canadian Resident Sentiment & Travel Related Measures Reports Available
See the most up-to-date Destination Canada (DC) 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.

Canadian Resident Sentiment (Updated February 9, 2021).
Travel Related Measures (Updated February 10, 2021).


Building Consumer Confidence with Safe Travels Stamp
In partnership with TIAO, the ITO team will be hosting an informational webinar on the Safe Travels Stamp program and how you can build consumer confidence through this certification.

Date: Thursday, March 4th, 2021
Time: 10:30 – 11:30am EST
Presented by: Indigenous Tourism Ontario (ITO) and Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO) 

The future is unpredictable but as Ontario continues the rollout of vaccinations and the province slowly opens up, we want you to be ready to operate and welcome guests safely when it is appropriate. Get certified with the Safe Travels Stamp this year and provide travellers with the confidence that your business has the necessary measures in place for a safe visit.
What is the Safe Travels Stamp Program: The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has created a free self-certified Safe Travels Stamp based on the worldwide industry protocols. The specially designed Safe Travels Stamp allows travellers to easily recognize operators around the world which have adopted the highest standards of health and hygiene protocols – so consumers can experience ‘Safe Travels’. 

Join this webinar to learn more about the Safe Travels Stamp program and how you can get your Stamp!
North & Eastern Ontario Local Food Conference

Session 1: Local Food More than Ever: Harvesting the Lessons of COVID-19
Session 2: Navigating Agri-Tourism During a Pandemic
Session 3: Surviving and Thriving: The Resilience of Local Food
Session 4: Innovations in the Local Food Frontier: Aquaculture, Aquaponics, Greenhouse Production and Vertical Farming
The last year has not only shown us how critical local food systems are, it has also exposed weaknesses that make them vulnerable. Join the County of Renfrew and the Northern Ontario Farm Innovation Alliance (NOFIA) to explore the hard-won lessons learned from the global pandemic that can help strengthen local food businesses and organizations. This 4 part series takes place every Wednesday during the month of March from 10am – 12pm.
ShopHERE Program Last Webinar
Need a website? Join Digital Main St. for their free information session about the ShopHERE program to learn how you can get support!

Date: February 18, 2021
Time: 11:30am – 12:30pm EST

Digital Main Street and Google have teamed up to provide free online store builds and marketing training for small businesses to reach new customers online. The session will focus on how small businesses can learn about and participate in the ShopHERE Program to build a new online store or improve existing websites to support e-commerce. Tune in tomorrow to learn how you can take advantage of one-on-one support and 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.


Indigenous-Led Art Tour Will Make You Rethink Ontario’s History
Jamie Morse of Indigenous Walks in Confederation Park – Photo credit: Kevin Wagar
Indigenous Walks founder Jaime Morse is changing the way travellers view the city of Ottawa by exploring social, political and cultural monuments, landscape, architecture and art all through an Indigenous perspective. Travel blog Ultimate Ontario recaps their experience with Indigenous walks; celebrating Jaimie’s ability to inspire through storytelling. Read the full 
Ultimate Ontario blog post and learn how Jaime is helping visitors discover the city with a new lens.
Indigenous Panel on Marketing and Communications
Check out the new episode of Marketing News Canada  with host Darian Kovacs and Indigenous Panel  – Coleman Pete (Flipboard), Sébastien Desnoyers-Picard (ITAC), Ben Borne (Menonite Central Committee), Deanna Wampler (Tourism Squamish) and Jeff Ward (Animikii Indigenous Technology). Listen in to hear important insights about marketing and communications from an Indigenous lens while the panel talks representation, how it informed their perspective and how they can use their voice in 2021.
Ontario Moving Back to the Reopening Framework
As of February 16th, 2021, the following public health unit districts will be phased back into the Reopening Ontario Framework:

  • Niagara Region Public Health 
  • Chatham-Kent Public Health;  
  • City of Hamilton Public Health Services; 
  • Durham Region Health Department; 
  • Halton Region Public Health;  
  • Middlesex-London Health Unit; 
  • Region of Waterloo Public Health and Emergency Services;  
  • Simcoe-Muskoka District Health Unit; 
  • Southwestern Public Health; 
  • Thunder Bay District Health Unit; 
  • Wellington-Dufferin Guelph Public Health; and 
  • Windsor-Essex County Health Unit. 
  • Brant County Health Unit; 
  • Eastern Ontario Health Unit;  
  • Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit;  
  • Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit; 
  • Huron Perth Public Health;  
  • Lambton Public Health; 
  • Ottawa Public Health;  
  • Porcupine Health Unit; and   
  • Public Health Sudbury and Districts. 
  • Algoma Public Health;  
  • Grey Bruce Health Unit;  
  • Northwestern Health Unit; and 
  • Peterborough Public Health.  
  • Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit; and 
  • Timiskaming Health Unit. 
North Bay Parry Sound, York, Toronto and Peel will be re-assessed on February 22nd. Until then, the Stay-at-Home order and current Shutdown regulations will continue to apply. To view the full comprehensive list of the regulations and restrictions that will apply to each zone beginning on Tuesday, please click here. 

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