A Three Fires Collaborative Quest
Are you looking for a position in the Ontario Tourism Industry? Indigenous Tourism Ontario (ITO), in collaboration with the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO), and the Ontario Tourism Education Corporation (OTEC) are now accepting applications for A Three Fires Collaborative Quest – 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.

To be eligible for the program as a potential employee, you must self-identify as Indigenous. After being accepted into the program, beginning in Fall 2021, you will have the opportunity to participate in frontline training workshops facilitated by OTEC. These workshops are suitable for potential employees whether you are just starting in the tourism industry, or if you have experience but are seeking a new position within the industry.

After completing the training program, 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 video interviews with potential employers, and vice-versa, in order to provide you the opportunity to secure employment in 2022.
Deadline Approaching:
Indigenous-Owned Business Grant Program
Hydro One and Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) have partnered to launch a new Indigenous-owned business grant program. Indigenous-owned businesses headquartered in Ontario are invited to apply to one of two grant levels.  Applications will close on Monday, September 13, 2021 at 4:00PM EST.
Community Tourism Coordinator Pilot Project
ITO is launching a pilot program to support tourism development in Indigenous communities, and to support Indigenous youth pursuing careers in hospitality and tourism with a view to grow the industry’s labour force long term. ITO will support participating communities to hire and train a post-secondary student in a Hospitality & Tourism program (or related field) in a new Tourism Coordinator role. Eligible communities include both those with or without existing tourism departments or programs. To receive more details and express interest, reach out to Leni Brem, ITO Director of Operations at LBrem@indigenoustourismontario.ca by Monday, September 20th, 2021.
FAQs on COVID-19 Vaccine Certificates
As of September 22, 2021, Ontarians will need to be fully vaccinated (two doses plus 14 days) and provide their proof of vaccination along with photo ID to access certain public settings and facilities which includes:
  • Restaurants and bars (excluding outdoor patios, as well as delivery and takeout);
  • Nightclubs (including outdoor areas of the establishment);
  • Meeting and event spaces, such as banquet halls and conference/convention centres;
  • Facilities used for sports and fitness activities and personal fitness training, such as gyms, fitness and recreational facilities with the exception of youth recreational sport;
  • Sporting events;
  • Casinos, bingo halls and gaming establishments;
  • Concerts, music festivals, theatres and cinemas;
  • Strip clubs, bathhouses and sex clubs;
  • Racing venues (e.g., horse racing).
These mandatory requirements will not apply to outdoor settings, including patios. In addition, these requirements will not apply to settings where people receive medical care, grocery stores, and medical supplies. Also, these requirements will not apply to voting in the upcoming Federal Election. All other current public health measures including indoor masking policies will continue to remain in place. The full extensive list of businesses that will be required to enforce the vaccine certificate policy has yet to be released. View the FAQs here.


Truth and ReconciliACTION Day Concert
Tickets now available for the Truth & ReconciliACTION Day Concert!

Date: Thursday, September 30, 2021
Location: Virtual or in-person at The Regent Theatre, 224 Main Street, Picton ON K0K 2T0
Doors open: 7:30pm
Show start: 8:00pm

A multi award-winning lineup of Indigenous artists David R Maracle, Tom Wilson, Digging Roots and special opening performer Eaoh Argos will take the stage in honour of Truth & Reconciliation Day. This concert will be held live at the Regent for a limited audience and live-streamed for all to enjoy.
Call for Vendors:
National Day of Truth & Reconciliation at Science North
On September 30, 2021, Science North will celebrate National Day for Truth and Reconciliation with a new event honouring Indigenous science, innovation, arts and culture. Science North and its partners, including ITO, Ojibwe Cultural Foundation, Wikwemikong Tourism and N’Swakamok Native Friendship Centre, will  welcome visitors to the science centre to explore the Indigenous Ingenuity: Timeless Inventions exhibit, the Regalia: Native Pride art exhibit, and other experiences and activities. We’d like to invite you to be a part of this important event! 

Science North is looking for food and retail vendors to take part in a marketplace during the event. Come showcase your items to visitors from 3pm-8pm on Thursday, September 30th.  There is no charge to participate.  Each vendor will be provided with a 10×10 space, including tables, chairs, and access to power. The marketplace will happen outdoors if possible; some covered spots will be available on our grounds.  Deadline to apply: Friday, September 24th, 2021.

Can’t attend on September 30th? Science North is building a directory of vendors that will be showcased on their website, so please provide your website and social media links in the registration to be included! 
Dwadwenaga:dat Language Centre Logo Contest
Woodland Cultural Centre has announced the new name for their language centre! Dwadwenaga:dat Language Centre (pronounced Dwad-wen-ah-ga-dot) roughly translates to “Let’s Interpret” or more specifically “let us all interpret/orally translate between two languages”. The Logo Contest is now open! Graphic designers, artists, and language enthusiasts can find more information  here.
Call for Nominations: Join NOTO’s Board of Directors!
On behalf of the Board of Directors of Nature and Outdoor Tourism Ontario (NOTO), NOTO is calling out to all camp operators to consider putting their names forward for a seat on the NOTO Board. It is important for NOTO to have a Board that is representative of its members; a Board that can set the goals and objectives of the organization while ensuring they are responding to the needs of the industry. Help NOTO support the growth of resource-based tourism in Ontario!

The following number of seats are available in each of the four electoral regions this year:
  • Northwest: 1
  • North Central: 1
  • Northeast: 2
  • South: 3
In order to stand for election, you must be a paid-up Regular NOTO member. You can nominate or run only in your own region. Each nomination must be endorsed by two camp operators from your region. Completed nomination forms should be returned to the NOTO office by email or mail by September 30, 2021.
RTO 9 Tourism Summit
Date: Friday, September 10, 2021
Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm

Join RTO 9 in this year’s Tourism Summit which will concentrate on the steps needed to improve traveller confidence, understand new market trends, and drive demand and commitment to building more resilient and inclusive tourism sectors. Kevin Eshkawkogen, President and CEO of ITO and co-moderator, Steven Debassige, Membership Coordinator of ITO will be speaking with Indigenous operators Paula Naponse of Ondarez Clothing and Marc Forgette of Makatew Workshops on business ownership and partnership. Tune into their panel discussion from 10:45-11:30am!


A Feast for the Senses
As skilled in the forests of Ontario’s north as in indoor kitchens, Chefs Joseph Shawana and Michael Hunter share the flavours of Ontario’s outdoors. Among the kings of local food, Joseph and Michael are deeply knowledgeable about Ontario terroir, flora, fauna and foraging, and this knowledge has been earned over time. It would be understandable to assume that the type of cuisine they pursue is beyond the reach of regular cooks, but education is a gift both chefs are willing to share without reservation. Read the full article by Savour Ontario here.
Fully Vaccinated International Travellers Now Welcome
On September 7, 2021 the Government of Canada re-opened Canadian borders to fully vaccinated international travellers who meet entry requirements. While travel will look a little different, and additional pre-travel planning is needed, this is a significant milestone for the Canadian tourism sector. Read the full news release here.

Need help answering questions your clients and customers have? Use these resources developed by the Public Health Agency of Canada on your website and social media to help travellers understand the new travel requirements.
  • Travel Toolkit: A quick guide to help other government departments understand the latest changes to travel rules, and to help them quickly find online resources with more in-depth details. This toolkit is available here
  • Marketing Toolkit: A resource for travel/tourism industry partners with pre-written social media, blogs, fact sheets, and newsletter content that can be used to inform their audiences. This toolkit is available on Google Drive.
ITO Supports the OMCA’s Successful Advocacy Efforts for the Motor Coach Sector
After tireless advocacy work by the Ontario Motor Coach Association (OMCA) and its president Vince Accardi, supported by TIAO, ITO, and Ontario’s major destinations, the Ministry of Transportation has granted heavy commercial vehicles such as motor coach operators an exemption from having to pay newly-reinstated licence plate sticker renewal fees. The exemption ensures that motor coach operators will not have to pay for a period in which their vehicles have been inactive and ensuring that they can retain their vehicle fleets to support recovery. Introducing this measure will support the recovery of the motor coach sector—a key part of Ontario’s tourism industry in facilitating the movement of visitors to destinations and attractions across the province.

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