Receive one-on-one Business Support Services
Launched at the beginning of March, ITO’s new Indigenous Business Advisory (IBA) Program aims to deliver one-on-one business support services to 100 eligible ITO members. Tailored to each business’ identified needs, advisors will work directly with you to provide resources, coaching, mentorship, and support. IBAs will serve as a single point of contact to help tourism operators access and navigate financial resources, business planning tools, training and skills programs, marketing opportunities and more. As a member of ITO, this support service is a complimentary benefit. 

Learn more about the IBA program details including eligibility and supports 
1 Week Left to Apply for OSBSG
1 week left to apply for the Ontario Small Business Support Grant Program.
If you require assistance with the application process, ITO’s Indigenous Business Advisors (IBA) are here to help tourism operators identify eligibility, access and navigate financial resources and utilize business planning tools.

Ontario Small Business Support Grant
The Ontario Small Business Support Grant helps small businesses that are required to close or significantly restrict services under the Provincewide Shutdown effective December 26, 2020. This 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 2-19 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).


Climate Colonialism: Decolonizing our Food Systems
Join Charlie Greg Sark this Friday, March 26th and learn how decolonizing our food systems can decarbonize our consumption.

Date: Friday, March 26th, 2021
Time: 2:00-3:00pm EDT
Presented by: University of Prince Edward Island

Our diet defines us, and as the saying goes, you are what you eat. The diets of mainstream wealthy westerners are now predominantly foraged from a global industrialized food system. A production and distribution system that tends to value convenience, choice, and price over ethical considerations, such as human rights, biodiversity loss, and transportation impacts. Fashioned in a manner reminiscent of historical colonial trade patterns, the industrial global food market relies on emission intensive practices to grow and bring food to market. Historically, European colonialism in North America centralized control and wealth into the hands of a favoured few empire loyalists.The modern era process of globalization that began in the mid-twentieth century bears a striking resemblance to the process of historical colonization that began in the fifteenth century. The decarbonization of our food systems is premised on our ability to decolonize our society; and, to move away from patterns of consumption that are rooted in colonial economy. This colonial diet can directly impede our desire and ability to address hunger, land integrity and biodiversity loss. An anticolonial critique of the modern industrial food systems provides insight into how our food systems might begin to look less colonial in nature in a post pandemic, climate change reality.
Job Opportunity: Marketing Internship, Weengushk International Film Festival

Date Posted:
 Mar 17, 2021
Application Deadline: Mar 26, 2021
Start Date: Apr 12, 2021

This is a paid intern position at Weengushk International Film Festival. This position would assist in all aspects of the marketing of the festival including; advertising, promotions, public relations, and social media. This is a full time 1 year contract with the possibility of extension. This full-time position is partially funded by FedNor’s Northern Ontario Development Program. Applications are able to work remotely or from the Weengushk office in M’Chigeeng, ON. Applicants must live in Northern Ontario.

Check out the full job posting 
here. Interested and qualified applicants are invited to submit a cover letter and resume to: info@weengushkfilmfestival.com.
Job Opportunity: Marketing/ Communications Internship, ORIGIN

ORIGIN is expanding across Canada and they are seeking an engaged individual to join their team as Marketing and Communications Intern; a digital storyteller, savvy with multimedia content, social media platforms, and web communication strategies. Working locally or remotely, the Marcomm Intern defines and communicates the KPIs and targets to the team on a regular basis, analyzes patterns in consumer and market behaviour, and subsequently defines data-driven action strategies in order to consistently optimize ORIGIN’s online presence and social marketing performance.

Check out the full job posting 
here. Interested candidates please submit a resume to info@immersivelink.ca. Applications will be received until the position is filled.
Help TIAO Secure the Future of Tourism in Ontario
Hundreds of tourism operators are sharing their needs with the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO) to help shape their message to government and ensure SMEs are heard. As Ontario enters the early stages of recovery and a slow reopening of our economy, our industry will require prolonged and targeted support to survive a period of adaptation and reduced and limited operations. If you have been challenged to access support and/or current supports do not meet the needs of your business, ITO encourages you to share your specific support needs with TIAO. It’s never been more important for our industry to be at the decision-making table with a clear and strong message. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey and help our industry move forward together.

The survey will be open until 5:00pm EDT on March 29th, 2021.


Four Big Challenges we Face in 2021 to Build Back Better
Last year City Nation Place teamed up with the global tourism NGO, the Travel Foundation, to offer four DMOs pro bono support as they developed their COVID-19 recovery plans. The Travel Foundation’s expert team reviewed and strengthened these plans with a focus on increasing opportunities for community livelihoods, strong and resilient local supply chains, resource protection, and overall destination management capacities, drawing on its nearly two decades of experience globally. 

The “Roots to Recovery” initiative brought together four very different DMOs: Edinburgh Tourism Action Group, Indigenous Tourism Ontario, Grenada Tourism Authority and Colorado Tourism Office. As part of the project, the Travel Foundation created and tested a Recovery Plan Assessment Framework which has since been developed into a handbook and a workshop programme to help even more destinations in their recovery planning, and has so far been delivered by the charity for DMOs in Mexico and the Caribbean, with the Pacific Islands and Greece soon to come. 

The core of this framework, and key findings from the Travel Foundation’s recovery planning work, are reproduced in the article 
Four Big Challenges We Face in 2021 to Build Back Better. Written by Ben Lynam, The Travel Foundation team, and City Nation Place, the many lessons learned from the Roots to Recovery Destination Programme are summarized in four common challenges faced by destinations as they plan for a post-COVID future. The article provides some practical tips and solutions in addressing issues and opportunities related to overcoming a potential supply crisis, maximizing the value of domestic tourism, managing destinations better, and navigating a new paradigm. Read the full article here.

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