ITO is pleased to extend complimentary ITO Membership for 2022. The membership period will begin on March 1, 2022 – February 28, 2023.

Membership Renewal
If you are already an ITO Member, you do not need to fill out the registration form again. ITO membership auto renews every year unless otherwise cancelled by the business. If you are an existing member and your business info has changed, please email us at membership@indigenoustourismontario.ca with your new details.

Not sure if you are a Member?
Look up your business or organization in our member directory to find out.

Not yet a Member?
View the 2022 Membership Program for an overview of member benefits and how to register. We welcome any person, community, business or organization that has an interest in advancing Indigenous tourism in Ontario to join the ITO community.


Resilient Communities Fund: Grants Available for 2022
The Resilient Communities Fund supports the recovery efforts of organizations impacted by COVID-19 with immediate, medium, and longer-term recovery projects. Applicants can apply for a minimum of $10,000, and up to $200,000, with a maximum of $100,000 per year.

Resilient Communities Fund grants support projects that help rebuild an organization’s capacity, enhance their resiliency, and meet the changing needs of their communities. Projects should be focused on: 
  • developing new approaches;
  • starting new activities;
  • adjusting strategies, or 
  • planning for future challenges 
Application period begins March 9, 2022 to April 6, 2022.
Ontario COVID-19 Small Business Relief Grant
Small businesses subject to closure under the modified Step Two of Ontario’s Roadmap to Reopen are able to apply to receive a grant of $10,000.  Eligibility details and information needed to apply can be found in the APPLICATION GUIDE. Deadline to apply is March 11, 2022.


ITO & ROO Talk Resorts
and New Member Benefits
Date: February 24, 2022
Time: 3:00-3:30pm ET
Location: Facebook Live
Join us on FB Live tomorrow as ITO & ROO Talk Resorts. Resorts of Ontario (ROO) partner & resort marketing specialist Shane Bage will chat with us about innovations in resorts, keys to successful resort marketing and new ITO member benefits available for resort owners through ROO.
Indigenous Tourism 101
Join Kevin Eshkawkogan, CEO of ITO, and Jaquie Jamieson, Manager of Six Nations Tourism, this upcoming Friday as they share their first hand perspective on “The State of Indigenous Tourism in Ontario”. This webinar aims to provide you with a better understanding of the broader industry of Indigenous tourism, and how non-Indigenous tourism operators can build meaningful partnerships with Indigenous operators; Participate in the conversation, and learn about what culturally authentic Indigenous products and experiences should look like.
Deadline Approaching for
Skode Program Applications

10 DAYS TO GO to submit your Indigenous Tourism Skode Program Application! Applications are open for the 2nd edition of the Skode Program, an initiative to spark new Indigenous tourism ideas and experiences that authentically represent, celebrate and promote Indigenous culture, heritage, language, cuisine and communities in Ontario! The program matches selected applicants with a mentor and provides a $5,000 non-repayable contribution to advance their new tourism ideas to the next level of development. In Anishinaabemowin, Skode means fire, and is pronounced Shkoh-deh. Indigenous tourism entrepreneurs, businesses and organizations are encouraged to apply and share the fire within their hearts. Application deadline is Friday, March 4 at 11:59pm!

Meet Minogiizhgad of Nwewnan Sasaang! Mino is one of three winners in the first edition of the Skode Program. Mino’s new Indigenous tourism idea is Nwewnan Sasaang Boat Tours, a way to experience North America’s Largest Freshwater Delta.
A Three Fires
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 FINAL edition of A Three Fires Collaborative Quest Employee-to-Employer Matching Event is taking place Monday, March 7th, 2022. Hosted virtually, our online platform will allow you to schedule virtual interviews with potential employees, and vice-versa, for eligible positions in 2022. Questions? Email us at 
RFP: Ontario Indigenous Tourism Market Research

ITO is seeking proposals for a market research study on the Indigenous tourism industry in Ontario. ITO is seeking a comprehensive analysis of key market trends to explore and outline opportunities related to Indigenous tourism in Ontario. The end result will include a market report with a focus on the future: emerging trends, consumer demand and traveler profiles.

Read the RFP here and submit your proposal by Monday, February 28th, 11:59pm ET to Director of Member Relations, Jasmine Burji, via email at jburji@indigenoustourismontario.ca.
LGBT+ Overview & Case Study
Date: March 9, 2022
Time: 12:00-1:00pm EST

It’s estimated that Canadian LGBT+ travellers contribute $12 billion annually to the global travel market. Learn some of the ways your business can become more inclusive to one of the world’s largest travel markets by addressing the needs of both your internal team who identify as LGBT+ as well as potential LGBT+ customers. This webinar hosted by Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO) will:    
  • identify which individuals are included in this broad market
  • address the use of inclusive language
  • outline ways businesses can become more inclusive
  • outline available programs to assist you and
  • will provide a case study from Destination Kingston on their journey to become more LGBT+ inclusive.
McMichael Announces Community Access Days
Connecting communities with the art of Canada
On Tuesdays, from now through May 31, the McMichael Art Gallery welcomes you to enjoy free access to their current exhibitions and over 100 acres of grounds and trails. Get outside, enjoy the crisp, fresh air, and experience the art of Canada. Visit the website to book your timed tickets here.


Next Steps of Reopening
Effective March 1, 2022 
If public health and health system indicators continue to improve, Ontario will lift capacity limits in all remaining indoor public settings and lift proof of vaccination requirements for all settings at this time. Businesses and other settings may choose to continue to require proof of vaccination. Masking requirements will remain in place at this time.
Canada Dropping Pre-Arrival PCR Testing Requirement for Fully Vaccinated Travellers  
As of February 28, 2022, fully vaccinated travellers will no longer be required to take a molecular COVID-19 test (I.e., PCR test) within 72 hours prior to entering Canada.  
Travellers will still be required to take a pre-arrival test, but can opt for a rapid antigen test, which is typically cheaper and has faster results. The rapid test must be approved by their country of origin and must be administered by a laboratory, healthcare entity or telehealth service. Travellers who choose to take a rapid antigen test must do so, no more than 24 hours before their scheduled flight or entering Canada. 

Travellers can still choose to take a pre-arrival PCR test; the test must be taken up to 72 hours before entering Canada. 

Children less than 12 years of age, who are not fully vaccinated and are travelling with fully vaccinated adults, will no longer be required to isolate from schools, camps, day-cares, or other crowded areas upon arrival. 

Randomized PCR COVID-19 testing will still be in place, but individuals who are randomly selected will no longer be required to quarantine while waiting for their results.  

Unvaccinated individuals will still be required to, upon arrival, take a molecular COVID-19 test and quarantine for 14 days. 

Canada has also lifted the non-essential travel advisory that was put in place in December in response to the Omicron variant and, international flights carrying passengers will be permitted to land at all remaining Canadian airports that are designated by the Canada Border Services Agency to receive international passenger flights.
Winter Adventures with Indigenous-Owned Companies
If you’re looking for family fun in the great outdoors, these snowy destinations offer plenty of options for every kind of adventure. Northern Ontario winters boast plenty of fresh snow, clean air, beautiful scenery and outdoor adventures—no wonder playing outside delivers an unbeatable mental health boost. This winter, try a new-to-you form of outdoor rec and adventure travel or revisit an old favourite with these 6 Indigenous-owned and operated experiences!
An Anishinaabe-Run Beadwork Business Takes Off in the North
Beading and working with leather has always been a part of family life for the Anishinaabe team behind Sister Bear Designs, which includes sisters Kathleen Sawdo, Valerie, Malinda, and their mother Roberta. Being members of the Lac Des Mille Lacs First Nation, and with family ties to Fort William First Nation, the Sawdo sisters picked up the skills from their grandparents, aunties, and uncles, and didn’t turn it into a business until 2013, when the eldest sisters, Valerie and Kathleen, thought it would be fun to start creating as a family. Read more about the story of Sister Bear Designs here.

      Indigenous Tourism Ontario
      1300 Hwy 540
      4 directions Complex Unit 4
      Aundeck Omni Kaning, Ontario

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