ITAC Announces Final Round of Stimulus Fund Recipients

Friday, October 22nd, the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC) announced the sixth and final round of Stimulus Fund recipients. An additional 233 Indigenous tourism operators will receive funding totalling over $5.659 million in the form of non-repayable contributions up to $25,000. With this final announcement, ITAC has provided assistance to 678 Indigenous tourism businesses with funding totalling $16.212M. 

To view the initial successful applicants in Phase 1, click here.
To view Phase 2 and 3 successful applicants, click 
To view Phase 4 successful applicants, click 
To view Phase 5 successful applicants, click 
To view Phase 6 successful applicants, click
To view Frequently Asked Questions, click 

Latest Developments in Indigenous Agri-Tourism

Canada’s Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, and Member of Parliament for Bay of Quinte, Neil Ellis, announced funding worth a total of up to $2.1 million under the Indigenous Agriculture and Food Systems Initiative to support three new community-led Indigenous agriculture and food initiatives.

Indigenous Agri-Tourism
The Wikwemikong Development Commission was provided with $49,500 to plan and design a physical space in Wikwemikong that will support Indigenous agri-tourism. This includes promoting and enhancing local products, fostering knowledge transfer of Indigenous agricultural and culinary practices and, increasing support for Indigenous farmers, harvesters and producers in Manitoulin Island.

“Enaadmaagehjik is grateful for contribution to support Wikwemikong Tourism’s goal to develop quality Indigenous culinary tourism experiences in the Manitoulin island and Killarney region”, Luke Wassegijig, Tourism Manager, Wikwemikong Tourism, said.


SSIF Virtual Marketplace Re-opens November 1st 

ITO will support 15 new vendors, covering their registration fee and first shipment costs. 

We are excited to announce that the SSIF Virtual Marketplace will re-open from November 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021.  

For the Winter Solstice Indigenous Festival (WSIF) Virtual Marketplace, 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. To register as a vendor:
  1. Sign and return the agreement here.
  2. Fill out the registration form here.
Once you have received confirmation that you are accepted to participate in the WSIF, you will be required to fill out and email a product inventory sheet as well as a product submission form. Finally, when your product inventory sheet and product submission form are received, you can arrange for your product to be sent/delivered to the warehouse. 

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


*We request 15% commission on sold inventory to cover associated costs. New vendors will be charged a $375 set-up fee (this can be billed and deducted from sales, so there are no upfront fees). All past vendors from the Virtual Marketplace will have no additional costs to set up their Shopify store as we have previously covered it. 

2020 TIAC Congress

Registration is open for the Tourism Industry Association of Canada’s (TIAC’s) Virtual Tourism Congress on November 17th and 18th. This event provides a great opportunity for members in the travel and tourism industry to press pause and reconnect. To come together and share stories (the good and the bad). To get the tools and insights needed to rebuild the visitor economy and recover from the pandemic. 

The 2020 virtual TIAC Tourism Congress program is packed with practical and inspiring sessions, insight into trends that shape the visitor economy, and lots of networking opportunities. Explore this year’s program.

Registration for this year’s virtual Tourism Congress is free.



The Canada United Small Business Relief Fund

The Canada United Small Business Relief Fund will be managed by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce to help small Canadian businesses with their recovery efforts as a result of COVID-19.

If awarded, a relief grant can be used for any of the following activities:
  • Purchasing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as masks, face shields, and latex gloves.
  • Renovating physical space to adhere to local, Provincial or Federal reopening guidelines.
  • Developing or improving e-commerce capabilities for your business.
Successful applicants will receive a relief grant of up to $5,000.

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