A Three Fires Collaborative Quest
Are you looking for a position in the Ontario Tourism Industry? Or are you a tourism business looking to hire new employees?

Applications are now open for A Three Fires Collaborative Quest – a program designed to support the recovery and growth of the province’s Indigenous tourism workforce by building the labour pool and filling critical gaps within the industry. The program will support both potential employees and potential employers. 

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.    
Indigenous Business Operators to Benefit from New Federal Tourism Relief Fund
Last week, 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.  

Funding 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. 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.

Applications are open. 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.
Elevating Canadian Experiences
Powered by the Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC), Elevating Canadian Experiences is an incredible resource hub for tourism operators and destination partners across Canada. The resource hub provides an opportunity to explore content ranging from strategy development to practical tools and tips. The hub is designed to help grow and adapt tourism businesses as operators and build tourism capacity across regions as a destination partner. The hub includes but is not limited to resources related to COVID-19, culinary tourism and winter and shoulder season.


Job Opportunity: Indigenous Business Advisor, ITO

Indigenous Tourism Ontario is currently looking for multiple Indigenous Business Advisors (IBAs) to join our team for the second phase of the IBA program. The IBAs will be responsible for the delivery of programs and services to Indigenous tourism businesses who are ITO members. ITO is seeking individuals from across Ontario, residing in or with knowledge of Indigenous Communities and various regions of Ontario. Learn more about the role and access the full job description here

To apply, please email your resume to Program Coordinator Kim Gorgichuk at
IBA@IndigenousTourismOntario.ca by Friday, July 30th.
Call for Nominations to the NeONT Board of Directors
Northeastern Ontario Tourism (NeONT) is currently seeking dedicated individuals interested in serving on its volunteer Board of Directors. NeONT is a not-for-profit organization established in 2012, committed to building partnerships, increasing awareness, and developing a strong tourism industry for the Northeastern Ontario area. The Nominations Committee seeks individuals who are involved in the tourism industry in Northeastern Ontario and have demonstrated innovation and success. The Committee is also looking for skilled individuals to help diversify the strengths of the current board and to help NeONT grow and expand its tourism opportunities.

Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply by emailing their expression of interest letters and a resume to 
2021 Ontario Tourism Summit
Tourism Resiliency Awards

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.

TIAO in partnership with Attractions Ontario, Culinary Tourism Alliance,  Indigenous Tourism Ontario and OTEC is proud to present the 2021 Ontario Tourism Resiliency Awards.

In a year fraught with innumerable operating obstacles, exceptional tourism businesses rose to the challenge and continued to innovate and engage with partners and their communities, even when unable to open for regular business. The 2021 Ontario Tourism Resiliency Awards are unique to this year and have been designed to reflect resiliency. Awards will be presented in each of the following three areas: Innovation, Collaboration and Sustainability.

Nominations are open to all tourism businesses in Ontario. All nominees will be featured on TIAO’s website as a legacy to the resiliency of our industry. All finalists will be featured in a Globe & Mail full promotional page. Nominations close August 31, Finalists will be announced on October 9, and Winners will be announced in person at the Ontario Tourism Summit 2021 Gala Awards on October 27.



Minister Macleod Tours with ITO
Miigwech, kinanâskomitin, Nia:wen, meegwetch, Nya:węh, yaw^ko, nya:wëh, Nya•węh, nyaweñhah, qujannamiik, nakurmiik, maarsii, thank you, merci to Ontario’s Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries, Honourable Lisa Macleod, for visiting us on Manitoulin Island and experiencing #IndigenousTourism with ITO as part of the province-wide #ReDiscoverON campaign. Last week, we welcomed Minister Macleod to experience the diverse offerings of Indigenous tourism in Ontario from art to culinary to outdoor adventure and cultural experiences. 

Join Minister Macleod in supporting safe travel and celebrating amazing Indigenous tourism businesses in Ontario by planning your next trip on 
Science North, ITO Working Together to Inform, Educate, Inspire
Indigenous Ingenuity: Timeless Inventions is now open to visitors at Science North! ITO and Science North have partnered to bring visitors the interactive Indigenous Ingenuity exhibit in Sudbury, ON to showcase brilliant Indigenous innovations and inform visitors about the rich history of Indigenous peoples’ scientific achievements over the past thousands of years. The interactive, educational, family-friendly exhibit boasts a 7,000 sq. ft. space divided by colour patterns representing the different lands where ingenious, Indigenous-made inventions like kayaks, canoes, mukluks and more come from. 

The exhibit will remain at the science centre until the winter when it’s scheduled to move to Thunder Bay. Science North and ITO are working together on creating a smaller, travelling version, which will visit municipalities and First Nations across the north for up to four years.

“This is some genuine action towards reconciliation activities, where it’s done in a meaningful way, in a very inclusive way, where we’re setting the narrative, we’re telling the story and others are simply supporting,” says Kevin Eskkawkogan, President & CEO of ITO. Read the full announcement here.
Ontario Now in Step 3
New Regulations in Effect as of Friday, July 16th, 2021. 

Thanks to the vaccination efforts across Ontario and a continued improvement in public health indicators, the province has entered Step 3 of the 
Roadmap to Reopen on Friday, July 16th. Step 3 focuses on the resumption of additional indoor services and an increase in gathering restrictions in place. Effective Friday, July 16th, O.Reg 364/20 will begin to take effect. Read the full news release for key highlights here

All operators who are open must ensure they comply with all of the regulations listed and have implemented enhanced health and safety protocols. All operators must also have a safety plan in place; a document highlighting your protocols as well as your plan in the event that someone develops COVID-19 at your workplace. Read the Government of Ontario’s 
resources to prevent COVID-19 in the workplace and get information to help develop a plan to protect workers, customers and the public from COVID-19. Find posters, tools and guidance for Ontario workplaces.
Federal Government Announces Initial Border Re-opening Plan
Canada will open the border to fully vaccinated Americans and permanent residents of the U.S. for non-essential travel on August 9th, 2021. The Canadian government is also eliminating the three-night quarantine hotel policy for those arriving by air as of August 9th, 2021 at 12:01am EDT. 

As of August 9th, Americans who have been fully vaccinated can travel to Canada without having to quarantine. Travellers must: 
  • Be fully vaccinated by a vaccine accepted by the Government of Canada, at least 14 days prior to entering Canada; 
  • meet the pre-entry test requirements; 
  • provide a digital copy of vaccination documentation in English or French; 
  • provide COVID-19 related information electronically through ArriveCAN prior to arrival in Canada; 
  • provide a quarantine plan and be prepared to quarantine in case border agents determine they do not meet the necessary requirements  
  • be asymptomatic upon arrival; and  
  • participate in random COVID-19 testing.  
Unvaccinated children under 12 years of age and dependents of fully vaccinated travellers eligible for entry to Canada will be exempt from quarantine. However, they will remain subject to the Day 1 and Day 8 testing requirements, and must avoid group settings, such as camps or daycares.  

Provinces and territories may have more stringent rules around people who have recently returned from travel.  

As of August 9th, international passenger flights will also be allowed in Halifax, Quebec City, Ottawa, Edmonton, and Winnipeg airports (this is in addition to Toronto, Calgary, Montreal, and Vancouver airports). There will be a ban on direct flights from India until at least August 21st due to concerns about the Delta variant of COVID-19.  
Unvaccinated travellers will still be required to follow the mandatory testing and quarantine restrictions, and Canada will continue to prohibit U.S. travellers who are not fully vaccinated and for all other foreign nationals, unless they already meet an exemption set out in the Orders made under the Quarantine Act. 

On September 7th, 2021, Canada intends to open its borders for non-essential travel by travellers from any country who have been fully vaccinated with Government of Canada-accepted vaccines at least 14 days prior to entering Canada and who meet the specific entry requirements. The entry and arrival requirements for fully vaccinated travellers above will also apply.  

For more information, please visit
Easing border measures for fully vaccinated travellers entering Canada – Permitting discretionary travel for citizens and permanent residents of the United States – Canada.ca.  

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