A message from Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC)

The Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada has received many questions regarding the COVID-19 Development Stimulus Grant, such as what the evaluation process is; where the funding came from; when the next phase of successful applicants will be announced and other similar questions. As a result, ITAC has created and shared two documents outlining the COVID-19 Development Stimulus Grant evaluation process and FAQs.

If you are an Indigenous tourism business in Canada, have already applied for ITAC’s COVID-19 Development Stimulus Grant, and have any questions regarding the evaluation process and/or your application, please review the Stimulus Grant Evaluation Process and FAQs. If you still require assistance, you can contact your regional coordinator listed at the bottom of the Stimulus Fund and FAQs page. 

This past week has brought new funding announcements for our sector. See the summary below, courtesy of our partners Nature and Outdoor Tourism Ontario (NOTO).

On May 31,2020 a FedNor press release was issued entitled “The Government of Canada invests $7.6 million to support communities, businesses and organizations in northern Ontario to help create jobs, spur growth and support the tourism industry.” This release concerns $7.6 million that has already been allocated for projects that were applied for prior to COVID-19. There is no new funding, however the projects are geared to support tourism in the north.

Click here to read the news release.

Regional Relief and Recovery Fund Update:
The $962-million fund, being delivered through Canada’s regional development agencies, aims to support businesses and tourism SMEs across Canada that have been unable to access existing federal relief measures. In northern Ontario, a total of $49.5 million will be delivered between FedNor and northern Ontario’s 24 Community Futures Development Corporations (CFDCs). In southern Ontario, FedDev is delivering $213 million to support southern Ontario SMEs.

This weekend, the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages, announced that the 
Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO) will receive $30 million in FedDev’s RRRF funding to provide financial relief to southern Ontario’s 66 destination marketing organizations (DMOs) across southern Ontario that have experienced significant revenue shortfalls. Click here to read the official announcement from FedDev.

RRRF for Businesses
In northern Ontario, FedNor is delivering $24 million of this RRRF investment through its Regional Economic Growth through Innovation program. Eligible applicants include businesses such as incorporated companies, corporations or co-operatives, or Indigenous organizations and businesses, as well as various not-for-profit entities. 
Click here to view details.

Northern Ontario’s Community Futures Development Corporations (CFDCs) will deliver $25.5 million in RRRF support directly to small businesses and entrepreneurs in rural areas. Southern Ontario’s CFDCs will deliver $39.4 million in RRRF to directly support small businesses and entrepreneurs in rural areas. This includes sole proprietorships or partnerships not covered under the Regional Economy stream. To find out more about RRRF funding available through this stream, contact your local CFDC or consult this CFDC directory.

Destination Canada:
Destination Canada will invest $30 million with Provincial and Territorial Marketing Organizations to help restart marketing efforts across Canada over the next 18 months. These efforts will encourage Canadian’s to support local businesses. 
Click here to read more.
Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival Kicks Off!

On Monday June 1st we celebrated the official start of Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival (SSIF) Virtual Edition with an Opening Smudge Ceremony and teaching by Algonquin elder Annie Smith St. George.

Join us and celebrate art, food and culture, virtually.
Explore SSIF’s unique programming and see what virtual experiences lie ahead! Available until June 21st.

Ready to shop? Check out the SSIF virtual marketplace and support small Indigenous businesses from Ontario! Available across Canada until June 30th. 

Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO)

TIAO continues their relentless advocacy in support of our industry through consultation with members, government officials, media interviews, and the sharing of timely and helpful information via their newsletter. We highly recommend signing up to
receive weekly updates from the TIAO team.

Nature & Outdoor Tourism Ontario 

Nature and Outdoor Tourism Ontario (NOTO) is the organized voice for the resource-based tourism industry in Ontario. NOTO maintains ongoing communications with political leaders and senior civil servants at the local, provincial, and federal levels and lobbies all levels of government to make sure their policies help the outdoor tourism industry in Ontario grow and prosper. NOTO’s team is working diligently to support this industry in the face of COVID-19. 

We encourage our members in the nature and outdoor tourism sector to sign up to
receive weekly updates from the NOTO team.

Indigenous Tourism Ontario

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