Government of Canada Launches NEW Tourism Relief Fund
Canadian tourism businesses can now apply for support in the NEW Tourism Relief Fund.

On Monday, July 12, the Government of Canada launched a new Tourism Relief Fund (TRF).The TRF will provide $500 Million in support for the tourism sector over a two-year period. 
Of this $500 million, a minimum of 10%, $50 million, will be invested in Indigenous tourism initiatives. Eligible applicants include tourism entities that cater mainly to visitors including businesses, not-for-profit organizations, and band councils or other Indigenous organizations and cooperatives.  

The majority of the funding, $485 million, will be delivered by Regional Development Agencies (RDAs) directly to tourism businesses and organizations to help aid in the creation of new tourism experiences, or enhance existing ones.
In Ontario, the RDA administering the funds to Northern Ontario businesses is FedNor and the RDA administering the funds to Southern Ontario businesses is FedDev. The remainder $15 million will be dedicated to national initiatives that support the advancement of national tourism priorities.

Contributions to businesses will be either non-repayable contributions up to $100,000 for up to 50% of eligible costs OR fully repayable contributions up to $500,000 for up to 75% of eligible costs.

To be considered eligible for this fund, applicants must meet at least one of the following criteria: 
  • Be a key supplier or operator in the visitor experience; 
  • Be part of a defined tourism cluster or a tourism dependent community, including supporting downtown cores; or 
  • Provide an anchor product or service in a tourism destination. 
For details on eligibility and how to apply, please consult your RDA’s Application Guide below.
A Message from ITO’s President & CEO
We need your participation.
From June 21st – July 30th you may be randomly selected to participate in a survey by phone or email. The survey should take no longer than 15 minutes to complete. The vital information from the survey will be used to advocate on your behalf, help secure support for operators and recovery funding as well as plan future Ontario Indigenous tourism development activities. ITO respectfully invites you to participate in the Impacting Our Future project. To thank you for your time, the first 200 businesses to complete the survey will receive a $15 Tim Horton’s gift card compliments of the ITO team. Learn more about the project
here. If you have any questions, please contact Leni Brem, Director of Operations, Indigenous Tourism Ontario at LBrem@indigenoustourismontario.ca.
A Three Fires Collaborative Quest
Indigenous Tourism Ontario (ITO), in collaboration with the Ontario Tourism Education Corporation (OTEC) and the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO), is now accepting applications for A Three Fires Collaborative Quest Program – a program designed to support recovery and growth of the province’s Indigenous tourism workforce by building the labour pool and filling critical gaps within the industry. The program, aptly named Three Fires, will be executed in three phases – each managed by one of the three aforementioned partners respectively.

Indigenous tourism businesses will receive one-on-one coaching and support from ITO’s Indigenous Business Advisory (IBA) Program to assist in getting them market ready for the reopening. The structured content delivered to participants of the IBA Program will address all areas of a tourism operation required for business sustainability and success and will follow market-ready standards established specifically for the Indigenous tourism industry.

The second fire will be managed by OTEC who will design and execute workshops to provide customized frontline training for 100+ Indigenous tourism employees as well as the IBA group.

The third fire, executed by TIAO, is an employee-to-employer matching event designed to bridge the gap between the other two fires by helping Indigenous tourism employees find employers, and conversely, tourism businesses (both Indigenous and non-Indigenous) find employees.

To apply for the program as a potential employee, you must self-identify as Indigenous. You will have the opportunity to participate in training workshops facilitated by OTEC and you will be matched with tourism employers to complete a paid job placement.

To apply for the program as an employer, you must be a tourism business in Ontario, and you must be willing to support your new employee’s training and development in collaboration with the program. After completing the program you will be eligible to receive a wage subsidy of 30%, to a maximum of $3,000 per employee hired.


Nominations are Open for the 2021 Canadian Tourism Awards
Canadian Tourism Awards 2021 Nominations are Now Open! 
This year’s 
Canadian Tourism Awards (CTA), presented by the Tourism Industry Association of Canada recognize the success, leadership, and innovation in our industry, as well as showcase the nation’s best tourism products, services, and experiences. Nominations are now open in the following four categories:   
  • Air Canada Business Excellence Award 
  • Indigenous Tourism Award 
  • Sustainable Tourism Award 
  • Tourism Employee Appreciation Award 
Any Canadian tourism-related product, business, initiative, event or service that occurred from June 1, 2019 to July 31, 2021 is eligible. If you know a business, organization, event or individual who is deserving of a nomination, make sure to submit your nomination before August 31st!
2021 Ontario Tourism Summit

Whether in person or online, register for this year’s Ontario Tourism Summit (OTS21) and connect with tourism professionals from around the province to gather, share, and collaborate in rebuilding Ontario’s tourism industry. 

Date: October 26, 2021 – October 27, 2021
Location: In-person components will be held at Brookstreet Hotel (525 Legget Dr, Kanata, ON K2K 2W2)

#TourismCounts! Will you join ITO in attending the OTS21 on October 26 & 27 for the tourism industry event of the year? Whether in person or virtual, TIAO will be hosting as many people as is safe to do so at the award-winning 4 Diamond Brookstreet Hotel in Ottawa. This year’s summit is all about Respect, Collaboration and Rebuilding our future. OTS21 is an excellent opportunity to recognize all the innovation within Ontario’s tourism sector. This year the Summit is back to normal programming with full-day interactive activities for in-person and virtual audiences to network together.
Job Opportunities: Manitou Mounds

Award winning Indigenous tourism attraction,
Kay-Nah-Chi-Wah-Nung Historical Centre, otherwise known as Manitou Mounds, is hiring for multiple positions including:
  • Archivist (Apply by Friday, July 23 at 4:00pm)
  • Cultural Heritage Interpreter (Apply by Monday, July 26 at 4:00pm)
  • Sales & Distribution Coordinator (Apply by Friday, July 30 at 4:00pm)
  • Retail & Visitor Services Coordinator (Apply by Friday, July 30 at 4:00pm)
View the full listings and learn how to apply here.
Job Opportunity: Senior Publicist, Royal Ontario Museum

Royal Ontario Museum is currently looking for a Senior Publicist. Reporting to the Manager, Communications, the Senior Publicist is responsible for earned media initiatives that support the Museum’s strategic vision and business objectives. The Senior Publicist will develop, plan and execute innovative and creative publicity campaigns to build awareness and audiences for the Museum and its exhibitions and events; among the responsibilities, the Senior Publicist will also support key Museum spokespeople through arranging media appearances and related activities.

Closing date is Monday, July 26, 2021 at 5:00pm. View the full listing and learn how to apply


Ontario to Enter Step 3 on Friday
Thanks to the vaccination efforts across Ontario and a continued improvement in public health indicators, the province will enter Step 3 of the Roadmap to Reopen on Friday, July 16th, days earlier than initially planned. Step 3 focuses on the resumption of additional indoor services and an increase in gathering restrictions in place. Effective Friday, July 16th, the following regulations will come into effect: O.Reg 364/20. Read the full news release for key highlights here.

The province will remain in Step Three of the Roadmap for at least 21 days and until 80 per cent of the eligible population aged 12 and over has received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 75 per cent have received their second, with no public health unit having less than 70 per cent of their population fully vaccinated. 

Upon meeting these thresholds, the vast majority of public health and workplace safety measures, including capacity limits for indoor and outdoor settings and limits for social gatherings, will be lifted. Only a small number of measures will remain in place, including the requirement for passive screening, such as posting a sign, and businesses requiring a safety plan. 
NishDish Returns in New Pop Up
With heavy hearts, we said goodbye to the NishDish restaurant in 2020 due to Covid-19. Through perseverance, reimaging and a tremendous amount of hard work, NishDish is serving up Indigenous Cuisine again! Find them at their new Pop Up Kitchen at Crawford Lake Sanctuary in Milton on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays all summer. Included on the menu is their new 7 Sisters Salad pictured on the left. Stay updated with their pop ups on the NishDish Facebook page!

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