Tourism and Hospitality Recovery Program
As the tourism and hospitality sector shifts to recovery, collaboration has never been more important. The Tourism and Hospitality Emergency Recovery (THER) initiative, led by OTEC, is working with partners across Canada to develop real solutions to rebuild our sector and attract new workers. THER is actively welcoming new partners to the initiative, learn more LetsGetReady.ca.
Hiring and Training Supports
Quick Reference Guide
Did you miss the Employer HR Supports Info Session hosted by Employment North? The full recording and additional resources are now available online. To hear about the programs you can access to grow your team, watch the full recording here. A summary of the Hiring and Training Supports, including A Three Fires Collaborative Quest, can be viewed in the Quick Reference Guide below.
Tourism Toolkit for
Culinary + Shoulder Season
Elevating Canadian Experiences Resource Hubs: Culinary + Shoulder Season
Use this industry-expert developed toolkit to help you imagine new possibilities for your tourism experience. Explore content ranging from strategy development to practical tools and tips – all designed to help grow and adapt your tourism business as an operator and build tourism capacity in your region as a destination partner. Content is centered around three themes: Covid-19, Culinary Tourism and Winter/Shoulder Season Tourism.


Job Opportunity: Indigenous Ingenuity Coordinator,
ITO & Science North
Indigenous Tourism Ontario and Science North are currently looking for a Coordinator for the Indigenous Ingenuity Northern Tour, a 100m2 travelling exhibition produced by the Montreal Science Centre that allows visitors to experience Indigenous culture in Canada through the lens of science and innovation. Learn more about the role and access the job description here

To apply, please email your resume with the subject line “Indigenous Ingenuity Coordinator” to Leni Brem at info@indigenoustourismontario.ca by December 10, 2021 at 11:59pm.
Píbon (Winter) Festival
Join Indigenous Experiences on December 1-5, 2021 for the Pibòn (Winter) Festival at Madahoki Farm in Ottawa’s greenbelt. Celebrate and learn about Indigenous culture while enjoying an energetic and enlightening experience where we can all connect with Mother Earth during this change of season.

Highlights include an Indigenous comedy night, winter comfort foods with an Indigenous twist, special night market and much more! Learn about the event and check out the program schedule
Six Nations Tourism
Christmas Market
The countdown is on for the local Christmas Markets hosted by Six Nations of the Grand River! Shop the market this year for one of a kind gifts.
November 27 & 28 at Iroquois Lacrosse Arena (ILA)
December 2 at Chiefswood Park
December 3 at Ogwehoweh Skills and Trades Training Centre (OSTTC)
December 4 & 5 at The Greens at Renton
NCCT Online Indigenous Artisan Marketplace
Join Native Canadian Centre of Toronto (NCCT) for the 2021 Online Toronto Indigenous Artisan Marketplace!

Date: Friday, November 26 – Monday, December 6
Time: 12:00-4:00pm 

Tons of daily free prize draws at 12pm, 2pm and 4pm; live artist interviews; live music; live cooking classes; and shopping direct with all your favourite local artists for the best gifts this holiday season. All vendors will be selling authentic, handmade, traditional and contemporary jewelry, moccasins, paintings, bead work, dream catchers, clothing, and more!

The Marketplace will operate virtually from the
NCCT website and the NCCT Facebook Event Page. Learn more about NCCT and all the Artists’ Stores here.
A Three Fires
Employer-to-Employee Matching Event
Are you looking for a job in the Ontario Tourism Industry?
Are you Indigenous?
Are you an Ontario tourism business looking to grow your team?
If you answered yes to one of these questions, we want you to Save the Date

The first Three Fires Collaborative Quest Employee-to-Employer Matching Event is taking place on Monday, December 6th, 2021. Hosted virtually, our online platform will allow you to schedule online interviews with potential employees, and vice-versa, to interview for eligible positions in 2022. 

If you haven’t already applied for the program, there is still time! Apply now for
A Three Fires Collaborative Quest – a program designed to build capacity for the tourism workforce in Ontario. a program designed to build capacity for the tourism workforce in Ontario. Questions? Email us at IBA@IndignousTourismOntario.ca. For full program details and how to apply, please click here.
Leveraging Partnership in Becoming a Foodie Destination
Date: Monday, November 29, 2021
Time: 11:10am – 11:55am EST

Starting this upcoming Monday and continuing to December 10, 2021, X.Festival 2021 will host ten half-days of virtual sessions, interviews and workshops
spread over two weeks.

On Day 1, Rebecca Mackenzie, CEO & Founder of the Culinary Tourism Alliance, is leading a panel to explore best practices of partnership when developing a food tourism destination. Industry experts Kevin Eshkawkogan, President & CEO of Indigenous Tourism Ontario, and Beth Potter, President & CEO of the Tourism Industry Association of Canada, will discuss how a variety of traditions and culture can be unified to create diverse and inclusive experiences. 
Creating Partnerships with Indigenous Tourism Operators

Date: Tuesday, November 30, 2021
Time: 9:30am-12:00pm EST

Join facilitator Linda Sarazin, Director of Operations and Special Projects with Aboriginal Experiences as she discusses the importance of developing working relationships with Indigenous people. This event aims to help operators understand how to cultivate Indigenous relationships, where to begin, and how to manage the fear of saying or doing the wrong thing.

Travel Trade for Tourism Operators
Last week, RTO9 invited industry expert Sandra Rice from Destination Ontario to provide operators with an update on TravelTrade. The full recording is now available on RTO9’s YouTube Channel.
CMHC Information Session
Date: Wednesday, December 1, 2021
Time: 9:00-10:30am EST

Northern Policy Institute (NPI) and Northern Superior Workforce Planning Board (NSWPB) are hosting an information session with the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). The discussion will be focused on Indigenous and Northern Housing Solutions. As housing continue to be a major obstacle in securing employment in the tourism industry, ITO encourages members to join this session. 


Government of Canada Announces Adjustments to Canada’s Border Measures
Effective November 30, 2021, fully vaccinated individuals with right of entry to Canada who depart and re-enter the country within 72 hours of leaving Canada will not have to present a pre-entry molecular test. 

Also effective November 30, 2021, Canada will expand the list of COVID-19 vaccines that travellers can receive to be considered fully vaccinated for the purpose of travel to Canada. The list will include Sinopharm, Sinovac and COVAXIN, matching the World Health Organization Emergency Use Listing.

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