Ontario Small Business Support Grant Portal Now Open
Ontario Small Business Support Grant
Applications are open for the new Ontario Small Business Support Grant, which helps small businesses that are required to close or significantly restrict services under the Provincewide Shutdown effective December 26, 2020. 
This new 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).


Nominations Now Open for 2021 Indigenous Women in Leadership Award
Proudly presented by Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) and LNG Canada, the Indigenous Women in Leadership (IWIL) award recognizes successful and accomplished Indigenous women leaders – role models that empower and inspire others. The annual IWIL award is nationally recognized and serves as a platform to the future.

CCAB encourages nominations from all First Nations (Status and Non-Status), Inuit and Métis business, political and nationally engaged women whose work has changed the lives of people in their communities and nationally. Nominations are open until January 31st, 2021.
 Nominate now.
OTEC’s New Resiliency Training
Future-proof your career with Ontario Tourism Education Corporation’s (OTEC’s) new resiliency training series. This series was developed to address worker skills gaps and build a more resilient workforce. The series includes 4 workshops and 2 courses each 2-3 hours long. The workshops aim to support worker retention and improve employee satisfaction. Upon completion of the workshops, participants will receive a certificate.

This training is FREE for qualifying participants. More information
Does Your Business Have the Safe Travels Stamp?
The future is unpredictable but as Ontario begins the rollout of vaccinations and the province opens up, we want you to be ready to operate and welcome guests safely. 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.

The Safe Travels Stamp is an international symbol designed to allow travellers to recognize governments and businesses around the world, which have adopted health and hygiene, standardized protocols – so consumers can experience ‘Safe Travels’. The Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO) has been chosen by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) to administer the Safe Travels Stamp in Canada. ITO highly encourages our members to strive for traveler confidence; one way to ensure your business is following safety standards and effectively communicating those standards to potential visitors is having a Safe Travel Stamp.

To learn more, visit the website here or watch yesterday’s recording of the informational webinar here, found under the heading “Safe Travels Stamp – What is it, and Do I Qualify?”.


Restaurants Canada Show Recognizes Canada’s Culinary Excellence
Indigenous Chef Billy Alexander receives the 2020 Culinary Excellence Award! 

It was Alexander’s passion and success in bringing Indigenous cuisine to the forefront in Canada that won him last year’s Culinary Excellence Award at the RC Show. “Thanks to leaders on the culinary scene like Chef Bill Alexander, we’re becoming more educated, and more enthusiastic about Indigenous cuisine,” Restaurants Canada President Todd Barclay says. 

Alexander continues to blaze the trail for Indigenous culinary tourism in Ontario. Alongside Caldwell First Nation, he recently designed Three Fires, the state-of-the-art Indigenous restaurant located in Leamington, Ontario. Alexander’s goal is to help the Caldwell First Nation become the gold standard of Indigenous tourism in Canada and abroad. “We’re going to look to do things differently and really put on the forefront what Indigenous tourism is in southern Ontario and create some really cool interactive experiences as part of our economic development plan that really speaks to how culinary holds a lot of these things together and acts as a bridge between all things Indigenous.”

Read more about Billy’s journey and his current projects 

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

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