First Peoples have welcomed visitors to Turtle Island for hundreds of years and we continue to do so. 
Now, as First Peoples across the country of Canada are in pain and mourning, we encourage all to spend this Canada Day reflecting. We stand in support of all Indigenous Peoples, especially those who we lost to residential schools, those who lost their beloved little ones, the survivors and the families who carry the weight of these tragedies. We encourage all Canadians to take meaningful action to learn and to support the First Peoples of this land. It starts with being a good neighbour. 
After we know each other better and mourn together, we will truly have something to celebrate.

How you can take action:
*With permission, we share the artwork below by Chad L Yellowjohn called “Finally Going Home”*


Ontario’s Indigenous Tourism Economic Study

Indigenous Tourism Ontario (ITO), along with MDB Insight, has launched a new Economic Study to understand the effects of COVID-19 on the Indigenous Tourism industry in Ontario. The information collected in this study will be vital for the recovery of the industry, as ITO will use the findings to advocate on your behalf. ITO, along with our partners and members will continue to work towards understanding our present to honour our past, while growing for the future.

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. 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. In turn, the information from the survey will be used to help secure support for operators, recovery funding and to plan future Ontario Indigenous tourism development activities. ITO respectfully invites you to participate in the Impacting Our Future project. Your input will be invaluable to the project. If you have any questions, please contact Leni Brem, Director of Operations, Indigenous Tourism Ontario at 
Deadline Extended
Ontario Tourism and Travel Small Business Support Grant
Deadline Extended: The Ontario Tourism and Travel Small Business Support Grant will continue to accept applications until Friday, July 9th, 2021. The grant provides one-time payments of $10,000 to $20,000 to eligible small businesses in the tourism and travel sector. 

This grant will support eligible small tourism and travel businesses that did not receive the Ontario Small Business Support Grant (OSBSG). To qualify, businesses must have fewer than 100 employees and demonstrate they have experienced a minimum 20 per cent revenue decline between 2019 and 2020. Small business owners can use the grant in whatever way makes the most sense for their business. For example, some businesses could use the support to pay employee wages, while others can use it to invest in their recovery. 

Indigenous Applicants Without CRA Numbers
Indigenous business owners do not require a CRA business number to apply for this one-time grant. Indigenous applicants without CRA business numbers can apply using the 
dedicated application form that must be emailed or mailed in for processing and approval. Indigenous businesses that do have CRA business numbers can choose to apply online by following the ‘APPLY NOW’ button below.


Call for Nominations to the NeONT Board of Directors
Northeastern Ontario Tourism (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.

NeONT is currently seeking dedicated individuals interested in serving on its volunteer Board of Directors. 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.

Qualifications to serve on the Board:
  • Be at least eighteen (18) years of age
  • Not be an un-discharged bankrupt
  • Shall be a resident of Northeastern Ontario.
Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply by emailing their expression of interest letters and a resume to director@neont.ca.


Ontario Moves to Step 2
With key public health and health care indicators continuing to improve, the provincewide vaccination rate now surpassing the targets outlined in the province’s Roadmap to Reopen, and on the recommendation of the the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the Ontario government moves the province into Step Two of its Roadmap to Reopen. As of June 30th at 12:01 am, the province is in Step 2 of the Roadmap to Reopen framework, two days earlier than expected. Step 2 focuses on the expansion of outdoor activities and limited indoor activities with a restricted number of people.

The Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO) has created a helpful document that outlines the new rules in Step 2. To view the new rules, click 

Read the full news release

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