REMINDER: Last Day to Apply for Ontario Tourism Recovery Program
Applications are now open for the Ontario Tourism Recovery Program (OTRP). This $100-million program supports Ontario-based tourism businesses in the for-profit attractions, accommodations, and transportation sectors. The OTRP is a competitive, application-based grant program for historically successful, private sector tourism businesses that are significant drivers to their regional tourism economies.

Successful applicants can use funding for expenditures, such as:
  • reopening and operating expenses, including staff salaries and maintenance
  • health and safety measures to support the safety of visitors and workers
  • attracting visitors through tourism product and experience improvements and marketing.
Indigenous owned businesses do not need a CRA Business Number to apply. Full program guidelines and information about how to apply to the program are now available on the Ontario Tourism Recovery Program application page. Deadline to apply is November 10, 2021 at 11:59pm EDT.

IBA Support Available for OTRP Application
Please note that ITO’s Indigenous Business Advisors (IBA) are here to answer your questions, address your concerns, and help work through the eligibility and application process. For immediate support, please contact IBA@indigenoustourismontario.ca.
A Three Fires Collaborative Quest
Are you an Ontario Tourism Business Looking to Hire?
Indigenous Tourism Ontario (ITO) in collaboration with the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO) and the Ontario Tourism Education Corporation (OTEC) are accepting applications for 
A Three Fires Collaborative Quest Program – a program designed to fill critical gaps within the industry and encourage recovery and growth of the province’s tourism workforce by bringing awareness of opportunities to potential Indigenous employees.

Employer Participation
To apply for the program as an employer, you must be a tourism business in Ontario, and you must be willing to support your new employee’s training and development in collaboration with the program. Potential employees will begin their frontline training this Fall, 2021.

You will be invited to participate in the Employee to Employer Matching event taking place in Winter 2021. Hosted virtually, our online platform will allow you to schedule online interviews with potential employees, and vice-versa, to interview them for your eligible positions in 2022. Upon completion of the program, you will be eligible to receive a wage subsidy of up to 30%, with a maximum of $3,000 per employee hired.


Save the Date
Employer-To-Employee Matching Event
Date: Monday, December 6th, 2021

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.

Questions? Email us at IBA@IndignousTourismOntario.ca. For full program details and how to apply, please click here.
IBA Info Night
Recording Now Available
Last night, ITO’s IBA Program Administrator took to Facebook Live to answer FAQs and Live questions about the IBA Program and Three Fires Collaborative Quest. The recording of the info night can be watched here. Additional questions can be sent to IBA@IndigenousTourismOntario.ca.
Job Opportunity: Program Coordinator, ITO

Indigenous Tourism Ontario is currently looking for a Program Coordinator for our Indigenous Business Advisory (IBA) Program, a core ITO service for Indigenous tourism entrepreneurs. The IBA Program assists Indigenous tourism businesses in improving sustainability and resiliency and encourages success within their operations through innovative one-on-one training, coaching and mentoring. The Program Coordinator will be responsible for administering the IBA Program. Learn more about the role and access the full job description here

To apply, please email your resume to info@indigenoustourismontario.ca  by Wednesday, November 10th, 2021 at 11:59pm.


Gerald James Brandon Wins the 2021 Up and Comer Award
2021 Indigenous Entrepreneurship Awards
Gerald James Brandon from Dokis First Nation has been announced as the winner of the Up and Comer Award at the inaugural Indigenous Entrepreneurship Awards, which celebrate excellence and outstanding achievement and impact in Indigenous entrepreneurship. A 60’s scoop survivor, Gerald James Brandon, is an example of achievement through resilience and struggle. 

In his teenage years, Gerry experienced homelessness, addiction and spent time in jail. Yet, he persevered to attain degrees in business, planning, culinary arts and teaching; mentoring young people and at-risk youth throughout his life and later opening the highly sought after L’Autochtone Taverne Americaine, an upmarket urban Bar & Grill. 

“The best part of the journey is the people,” said Gerry Brandon. “I am proud when I see our team buying their first homes, growing their families, growing as individuals and contributing to their community. This Award is for my spouse, co-workers, and staff in recognition and gratitude for their efforts, patience during the pandemic, for their commitment to the community.” Read more about Gerry and L’Autochtone Taverne Americaine 
Chef Tawnya Brant on CBC Gem’s The Dream Team
Tawnya Brant, a Mohawk chef from Ohsweken, wishes to share the art of Indigenous cuisine with all of Canada. Tying culture and community to the food she makes, Tawnya fuses traditional with contemporary.

When asked, “If you suddenly started to make millions of dollars, what would you do with that money? What would that mean?”, Tawnya reflects on an important question: What do I want to leave as a legacy? Growing Yawékon Foods and spreading the word “… would mean that more Indigenous people in more remote communities are eating what it is that they’re supposed to be eating instead of paying $100.00 for a case of pop. It’s opportunity for generations.”

In this episode of Dream Team, we get to know what inspired Tawnya’s love for cooking and the Dream Team helps her plan how to expand her new business. Watch the full episode 
Ontario Staycation Tax Credit
Encouraging Residents to Discover Ontario
The government is proposing a new temporary Ontario Staycation Tax Credit for the 2022 tax year. This Personal Income Tax (PIT) credit would provide Ontario residents with support of 20 percent of eligible 2022 accommodation expenses of up to $1,000 for an individual and $2,000 for a family, for a maximum credit of $200 or $400, respectively. Ontario residents could apply for this refundable credit when they file their 2022 PIT returns and benefit even if they do not owe any PIT. In total, the credit is expected to provide support of an estimated $270 million in 2022 to about 1.85 million Ontario families.

To read more about the Staycation Tax Credit and the full summary of Ontario’s Fall Economic Statement, visit the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO) website here.

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