Indigenous Business Advisory Program
Tailored to each business’ identified needs, ITO’s Indigenous Business Advisors (IBAs) are here to extend their paddles, work with operators one-on-one to navigate these unfamiliar waters and access necessary resources to survive. IBAs will serve as a single point of contact to help Indigenous tourism operators access financial resources, business planning tools, training and skills programs, marketing opportunities and more. Learn more about the IBA program details including eligibility and supports here.


Tourism Marketing!
Upcoming Virtual Networking Event
Tourism Marketing: Virtual networking event presented by ITO, TIAO and ABM 

Wednesday, May 26, 2021
Time: 12:00 – 4:00pm EST

Join us on Wednesday May 26th for the first of this 4 part series. Strong marketing efforts are a key component to renewing the tourism industry and ensuring your business can break through the noise and be top of mind when travel returns. This event series aims to connect tourism operators, graphic designers, photographers, videographers, tourism organizations, DMOs, RTOs, travel writers, magazines, newspapers, and much more. Conversations will include anything from enhancing brand identity to measuring marketing success.

Members of ITO and TIAO as well as Indigenous youth attend events in this series for free! Stay tuned for more event series from ITO, TIAO & ABM coming soon!
Skode Program
Upcoming Info Session
ITO and the Ontario Tourism Innovation Lab have partnered to launch the Skode Program, an initiative to spark new Indigenous tourism ideas and experiences that authentically represent, celebrate and promote Indigenous culture, heritage, language, cuisine and communities in Ontario.

In Anishinaabemowin, Skode means fire, and is pronounced: Shkoh-deh. Indigenous tourism entrepreneurs, businesses and organizations are encouraged to apply and share the fire within their hearts.

The program matches selected applicants with a mentor and provides a $5,000 non-repayable contribution to help take their new tourism ideas to the next level of development. Applications are open until May 28 at 11:59pm. 

Information Session
Date: Thursday, May 13, 2021
Time: 11:30am-12:15pm

Register now
The Bluecoat Box

Join Science North for an online evening of inspiration, entertainment, prize opportunities, and a chance to win a $10,000 grand prize!

Date: Thursday, June 17, 2021
Time: 7:00pm

Celebrating the ever-evolving world of Indigenous innovation, this inaugural Bluecoat Box event is inspired by Science North and ITO’s latest special exhibition: Indigenous Ingenuity.

Through outreach efforts and inclusive programming, Science North has engaged with over 65 First Nations communities in Northern Ontario, with a target to significantly grow that reach. On June 17, 2021 at 7pm, Science North will bring together community members from Northern Ontario to celebrate and help Science North establish its new Indigenous Programming Fund. The experience provides participants with an exciting Bluecoat Box which includes:

  • Artisanal custom-roasted coffee beans
  • Specially selected wine
  • Smoked charcuterie
  • Custom charcuterie board
  • Gourmet hand-crafted chocolates
  • Local pure maple syrup
  • Additional surprise
All proceeds from the evening will support Indigenous Programming both at Science North and across Northern Ontario. Join us in supporting the growth of Science North’s Indigenous Programming Fund!
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TIAO Announces
New President & CEO

The ITO team would like to congratulate TIAO’s new President and CEO, Christopher Bloore! We look forward to continuing our meaningful relationship and working with TIAO towards the recovery of the tourism industry.

Bloore will assume the role of President and CEO after serving as TIAO’s Vice President, Policy and Government Affairs. Seasoned in communications and public policy, Bloore previously spent 15 years serving at the House of Commons in the United Kingdom in addition to being elected four times as a City Councillor in the West Midlands.

See TIAO’s full release

G20 Ministerial Meeting on Tourism
On May 4th, the G20 Ministers of Tourism and representatives of international organizations gathered virtually to examine measures that will guide the recovery of the tourism sector. The meeting emphasized that the resumption of travel and tourism is crucial for global economic recovery. Attendees highlighted how the pandemic presents an opportunity to rethink tourism for the future to create a more resilient, sustainable and inclusive sector as well as the importance of governments working together to help recovery.

Read the G20 agenda
Read Minister Joly’s full statement 

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