Ontario’s Action Plan: Protect, Support, Recover

On November 5th, 2020, the Ontario Government released it’s provincial budget. This budget will provide more resources to strengthen frontline health care, support people and employers, and lay the groundwork for Ontario’s recovery. Ontario’s Action Plan sets out a total of $45 billion in support over three years divided into three subcategories; protect, support and recover.

The Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO) proposed a series of measures designed to support the tourism and hospitality industry which have been addressed by the budget. This includes the implementation of a travel tax credit for Ontarians to re-explore the province as well as general supports like the $100 million community building fund, the $25 million for Ontario Arts Council funding and $100 million fund to retain workers who have lost their jobs because of COVID-19. 


New Requirements for Travellers Entering Canada

All travellers are currently required to provide information upon and after entry into Canada including a quarantine plan, contact, and travel information. As of November 21st, there will be new mandatory requirements for travellers coming to Canada which involve the use of the ArriveCAN app. Stay informed and read about the pre-arrival and post-entry procedures here


Royal Agricultural Virtual Experience

The 2020 Royal Agricultural Virtual Experience is in full swing!

As a proud participant of the 2020 RAVE, ITO invites you to join us at our virtual booth to find brand new Indigenous culinary videos, preview cutting edge Virtual Reality tours, and get to know ITO’s tourism network through our unique curated content. Your 
free registration gives you full, unlimited access to our virtual booth and tons of other Royal content gone virtual!

Make sure to catch our upcoming live presentations in the Royal Auditorium:

Chef Tawnya Brant Makes Wild Game Meatball Soup
Date: Thursday, November 12th, 2020
Time: 5:30pm ET

Indigenous Culinary Philosophies Panel Discussion 
Hosted by Sarain Fox with panelists Chefs Joseph Shawana, Tawnya Brant, Billy Alexander, and Trudy Metcalfe-Coe
Date: Friday, November 13th, 2020
Time: 11:00am ET

Rewatch past presentations in ITO’s Virtual Booth:
Chef Joseph Shawana Makes Seared Elk Tenderloin

Become a Vendor at the SSIF Virtual Marketplace

The Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival (SSIF) Virtual Marketplace has re-opened from November 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021!

The SSIF with the support of ITO are excited to showcase participating vendors and their crafts/products to help support Indigenous businesses. ITO will be covering the registration fee and the cost of shipping 100 units of inventory to the warehouse from anywhere within Ontario. For the winter marketplace, we will take a 15% commission on sold inventory to cover associated costs. We recommend adding this 15% into your pricing (we can assist with pricing on request). There is a limited capacity of 50 vendors; priority will be given to those who submit their completed registration and product submissions forms on a first come, first served basis. If you wish to register to be a vendor at the Virtual Marketplace, please follow the instructions below.

1. Sign and return the vendor agreement form here.
2. Fill out the registration form 
Once you have submitted steps 1 and 2 and you have received confirmation that you are accepted to participate in the SSIF, there are 2 more steps before your product can be brought/delivered to the warehouse;
3. Fill out and email the product inventory sheet found here.
4. Fill out the product submission form here. This form will ask for product descriptions, pictures, weight of products.  

Once we have received your product submission form and product inventory sheet, you can arrange for your product to be sent/delivered to the warehouse. If you would like to receive ITO’s assistance in covering costs of shipping/delivering your inventory to Ottawa, please fill out this form; 
Shipping fee reimbursement request form.

Inquiries and completed forms should be sent to:
Leanne Vance, Festival Coordinator
Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival


Safe Travel Stamp

The Safe Travels Stamp is an international symbol designed to allow travellers to recognize governments and businesses around the world, which have adopted health and hygiene, standardized protocols – so consumers can experience ‘Safe Travels’. The Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO) has been chosen by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) to administer the Safe Travels Stamp in Canada. ITO highly encourages our members to strive for traveler confidence; one way to ensure your business is following safety standards and effectively communicating those standards to potential visitors is having a Safe Travel Stamp.

See full list of businesses with the Safe Travel Stamp 


Ministry of Transportation Survey: Potentially Bringing Back Rail Service to the Northeast

The Ontario Government is looking for public input to better understand the transportation needs of people and businesses along the northeast rail corridor from Toronto, Huntsville, to North Bay and Cochrane/Timmins. As part of their multi-modal transportation strategy, they are looking for importunities to improve bus and train services in the region in hopes of supporting economic development, keeping goods and people moving in the region, as well as improve departure and travel times in the North, directly impacting traveler movement. If you are interested in providing feedback, complete the survey here.

Survey closes November 20, 2020.


The Silicon Review

ITO has been featured in The Silicon Review’s 50 Most Admired Companies of the Year 2020. With a focus on uniting societies, Indigenous Tourism Ontario brings a dedicated platform for Indigenous cultural expression and preservation. Through this article, The Silicon Review has helped shine a light on the importance of Indigenous tourism and the rich culture and history present in Ontario. Read the full article here.

      Indigenous Tourism Ontario
      1300 Hwy 540
      4 directions Complex Unit 4
      Aundeck Omni Kaning, Ontario

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