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ITAC Announces Phase 4 Successful Applicants

235 Indigenous tourism operators across Canada receive funding with grants of up to $25,000. 

Yesterday, Tuesday, September 22nd, the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC) announced Phase Four funding from Intake One (April 2020) for the Stimulus Development Fund, allocating 235 businesses over $4.9 million in grants. Remaining businesses who applied and have completed required documentation but have not yet been announced are still under review.

If your business submitted an application during Intake One and submitted all necessary documentation AFTER September 1, 2020 and BEFORE the deadline of September 9, 2020, your application is still currently under review.

If you are a NEW APPLICANT who applied during Intake Two, which closed on September 9, 2020, your application is still under review. 

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 Frequently Asked Questions, click here.

Destination Canada Research

Destination Canada regularly provides intelligence, tools and insights to their partners—equipping them to optimize their business and maximize their reach. As a result of COVID-19, this work is needed more than ever.

The Canadian visitor economy is facing unprecedented challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Destination Canada (DC) are continuously developing research reports that quantify the impacts of COVID-19 on an ongoing basis—check the webpage linked below often for updated research products. The reports also seeks to understand the non-quantifiable effects, such as structural changes in tourism and lasting changes in consumer preferences.



ABM Partnerships in Tourism

Register now to participate in ABM Without Borders-Collaborations and Partnerships in Tourism on Wednesday, October 21, 2020.  Advanced Business Match (ABM) and ITO have partnered to host a virtual trade show that connects a national network of Indigenous and non-Indigenous decision makers to create opportunities for business. ABM Without Borders provides a platform to create valuable business connections not only across Canada but across the world.

Here’s how it works: ABM ensures registrants goals are a fit for the tailored ABM Indigenous Tourism network. Once registered, delegates review detailed online profiles and schedule appointments with potential business matches. 

Indigenous owned businesses who are members of ITO 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.


NOTO Awards

Nominations for Nature and Outdoor Tourism Ontario (NATO) awards have opened! The NOTO awards were created to acknowledge the people who make Ontario’s tourism industry so vibrant. The 6 different awards are presented every year to members who have gone above and beyond to improve both the natural and working environment, and/or tourism as a whole. The 6 awards Include:

  • NOTO Conservation Award
  • Bob Giles Award
  • Outfitter of the Year Award
  • Tourism Champion
  • Preferred Supplier of The Year Award
  • Environmental Award

Think of someone you feel should be acknowledged for their contributions? Nominate them in the link below! Nomination forms should be returned to the NOTO office by email, FAX or mail by October 31st, 2020.

Digital Shift Session 4: “Virtual Reality Tours”

Did you miss the Digital Shift session on Virtual Reality Tours last week?! 

On September 15th, 2020, ITO and ORIGIN were featured on the Digital Shift session about Virtual Reality (VR) tours. Shift Experts Melissa Hardy-Giles, Paul Giles, and Kevin Eshkawkogan came together to discuss the benefits and potential of developing tourism experiences in VR. The webinar recording is now available for viewing in the link below.

The WEtech Alliance Digital Shift Program powered by the Ontario Tourism Innovation Lab host a monthly virtual workshop series designed to give tourism businesses the tangible tools they need to develop their own sustainable digital strategy. Each 1-hour workshop includes a Zoom-side chat with a “Shift Expert”, plus an overview of tangible tools and templates for take-away.

Learn more about the Digital Shift Program here



If you’ve passed through Yonge & Dundas Square in downtown Toronto recently, you may have caught a peek of ITO up in lights! We are so proud to support our members by sharing their products and creating exposure and awareness about Indigenous tourism experiences in Ontario.

This weekend, ITO will be featured on the cover of Horizon Travel and Lifestyle Magazine and more marketing campaigns are in the works to promote our members listed on IndigenousExperienceOntario.ca.

Not listed on IndigenousExperienceOntario.ca yet? Email us at membership@indigenoustourismontario.ca to find out if you are eligible.

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      4 directions Complex Unit 4
      Aundeck Omni Kaning, Ontario

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