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ITAC Announces Phase 5 Successful Applicants

103 tourism operators across Canada receive contributions of up to $25,000. 

Thursday, October 1st, the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC) announced Phase Five funding. An additional 103 tourism operators will receive funding totalling over $2.448 million in the form of non-repayable contributions up to $25,000. With this announcement, ITAC has provided assistance to 454 unique Indigenous tourism businesses with funding totalling $10,795,700 with still 1 phase of funding to go (Phase 6).

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 Frequently Asked Questions, click 


Indigenous Tourism Forum
of the Americas

The first ever Indigenous Tourism Forum of the Americas is less than one week away! The International Institute of Tourism Studies is hosting this virtual event from Monday, October 12 – Friday, October 16th. The five days will be full of exciting opportunities to join the ongoing conversation surrounding the past, present, and future of Indigenous tourism. The full schedule of events can be found on the Indigenous Tourism forum website which includes:
  • Keynote speakers, Kevin Eshkawkogan, President and CEO of Indigenous Tourism Ontario, celebrity chef Loretta Barrett Oden, and more.
  • Roundtable discussions including topics like how tourism can drive economic recovery post-COVID-19
  • Invaluable networking opportunities
  • A performance by internationally renowned artist Martha Redbone
*For each paid registration for the forum, International Institute of Tourism Studies are able to sponsor the attendance of one Indigenous person. If you would like to be considered for sponsorship or know an Indigenous person who would benefit from attendance, please complete the scholarship form below.

Complimentary Registration Extended for
Collaborations & Partnerships
in Tourism 

Join ITO and ABM on October 21, 2020 for our virtual networking event: Collaborations and Partnerships in Tourism!

In times of social distancing, this event aims to accelerate connection between Indigenous and non-Indigenous businesses and organizations through ten curated 20-minute online appointments. This networking event is a technology-facilitated trade show that will allow you to make valuable connections not only across Canada but across the world.

Here’s how it works: ABM ensures registrant projects and goals are a fit for the tailored ABM Indigenous Ontario network. Once registered, ABM delegates connect with potential business matches by reviewing detailed online profiles and selecting appointments with other businesses and organizations participating in the event. Learn more about the event

Event Details
Date: October 21, 2020
Time: 9:00am-1:00pm EDT

ITO members who are Indigenous business owners can register for FREE. 

Connect with the ABM team at 604-483-3532 or info@advancedbusinessmatch.com to get your discount code either before or after you complete your registration. 

Canadian Resident Sentiment & Travel Related Measures

On September 29, 2020, Destination Canada (DC) published 2 reports that provide an understanding of the level of ‘welcome’ that residents of each province/region are feeling towards visitors as well as each province and territory’s travel related restrictions. Read the reports here.

Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Tourism & Marketing Strategy

In July and August, RTO12 undertook a significant region-centric research study to determine traveler interests and intentions (immediate and longer-term) as a result of Covid-19. This intelligence will guide RTO12’s work moving forward, and the region’s industry recovery efforts. Of particular importance are the new domestic segments that have been developed and will be targeted, replacing previous (and long-standing) primary segment of “Ontario Explorers”.

Although the objectives of this study were to u
nderstand post-pandemic sentiments and intentions of travelers as they relate to RTO 12, the insights gathered can be helpful for tourism operators both within the Explorer’s Edge region and beyond. 

Thank you to the RTO 12 team for undertaking and sharing this work. 

COVID-19 RBT Best Practices

As the Province of Ontario continues to carefully reopen the economy, Nature & Outdoor Tourism Ontario (NOTO) want to ensure that the resource-based tourism (RBT) industry is ready to safely open their doors to hunting and fishing enthusiasts. Operators will need to comply with enhanced health and safety expectations in the workplace to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to ensure the health and well being of their guests and employees, as well as comply with the regulations set forward in the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

For the safe operation of resource-based tourism businesses in Northern Ontario, read NOTO’s best practice guidelines

NOHFC Funding

The Northern Ontario Recovery Program applications are now open! Applications will be open from October 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020, with the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) administering the new program. 

On September 29, Greg Rickford, Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines and Minister of Indigenous Affairs announced the creation of a new short-term Northern Ontario Recovery Program (NORP) to help businesses adapt to new COVID-19 public health guidelines and protect employees and customers.
Companies can apply to NORP for assistance with projects that help them adjust to the impacts of COVID-19, such as, but not limited to:

  • Building renovations and new constructions
  • Customer and employee safety installations
  • Equipment purchases, including personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Marketing for new business initiatives
  • Restructuring of business operations
Businesses who qualify for the NORP may receive up to $25,000 in grants. NOHFC will cover 100% of eligible project costs. Applicants must demonstrate that the amount requested from NOHFC is incremental and does not duplicate other supports received. 

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