Did you miss our webinar? Here’s a recap!

On Thursday, May 14th, 2020, ITO hosted a webinar to explain our 3 phase approach to Ontario Indigenous tourism recovery  and what supports are currently available to Indigenous tourism businesses through ITO. The webinar highlights the COVID-19 impacts on the Ontario Indigenous tourism industry, an explanation of our 3 phase approach and our Business Support Broker services.

Supplementary documents discussed in the webinar are available for download in the links below:

ITO is excited to be a partner in the first ever virtual edition of the Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival. Three weeks of live music & dance, arts & crafts workshops, education days, interactive cooking demos, and a Social Distance Powwow await! Last but not least, vendors will be featured in an online store for the entire month of June!
Visit the Summer Solstice website for full details and follow them
on social media for updates.

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The Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC) recognizes that during these uncertain times, its shared singular focus for 2020-2021 must be on COVID-19 recovery and preparing for future tourism seasons. Because of this, ITAC created the COVID-19 Development Stimulus Fund, dedicated to addressing the impact of COVID-19 on Indigenous tourism businesses by affecting positive change.
Indigenous Tourism Ontario aligns with the delivery of this type of support for Ontario businesses. As Ontario’s first and only dedicated Indigenous tourism organization, ITO focuses on uniting communities, Indigenous organizations and industry leaders to support the growth of Indigenous tourism in Ontario, we are here to help Indigenous businesses and the ITO Business Support Broker network is an example of our commitment to providing that help.
In the spirit of helping, one of the roles of the ITO BSBs was to help as many Ontario based Indigenous tourism operators as possible apply to the ITAC Stimulus Fund. We helped 140+ businesses from all corners of Ontario apply to the program. With more time, we could have helped more who are in desperate need of these important resources. 
As shared on our webinar on Thursday, May 14th, 2020, ITO BSBs helped Ontario businesses submit over ~$3.39 M in requests. 

                            Southern Ontario      ~ $1.13 Million in requests
                            Northern Ontario      ~ $2.26 Million in requests
                            Ontario                      ~ $3.39 Million in requests
ITAC was able to secure/reallocate ~$2.5 M to assist whom they could at this time. The full ITAC press release and all approved applicants from across Canada, can be found 
It must be understood that ITAC could not have fully accommodated the ~$14.5 M in requests at this time. However, ITAC has identified they are still advocating for more funding for the National Indigenous tourism industry and are also releasing current available funds in phases. It is expected that the balance of the remaining approvals for Phase 2 will be announced shortly. 
In addition to the advocating work of ITAC, to directly support Indigenous tourism businesses in Ontario, ITO will also be advocating support from its Provincial and Federal partners. In alignment with ITAC, ITO has the end goal of further protecting and restarting the many Ontario Indigenous tourism businesses.
We are resilient people in a resilient industry. ITO knows this and is doing everything it can through our BSB Network. The work of the network is about more than just helping businesses apply for the ITAC Stimulus Fund.
Although that program is one tool to help members, the ITO BSBs are here until May 31st to help you identify how your businesses will survive the global pandemic in various ways through ITO’s “
The Path Forward” framework. With your help, the BSBs will be providing you with a roadmap/report to help guide you to a path of recovery.

Because you can’t say MIIGWETCH enough.

This week we wanted to say a special thank you to our members, the businesses who make up the Indigenous Tourism Industry in Ontario. We say Miigwetch for your resiliency and perseverance through this difficult time.

Starting this week we will be featuring our members on social media, showing you who they are and what they offer. Please share, shop, and plan your future travel, right here at home.

#MiigwetchMonday #MiigwetchMembers

Join us Mondays on Facebook and Instagram to say Miigwetch! 
  • Use the hashtag #MiigwetchMonday
  • Tag us
  • Show your gratitude
  • Invite others to join in

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