As such, we are dedicating ourselves to work on the following activities:
1. Support for businesses during the “PROTECT” phase.
2. Support for businesses during the “RESTART” phase.
3. Support for business during the “RECOVER” phase.
As the time is now to begin planning for 2021, we are also working on a Post Pandemic ITO Strategic and COVID-19 Recovery Plan to help the collective Indigenous tourism industry.
Webinar #1: Protect, Restart, Recover – A Framework for Ontario Indigenous Tourism Businesses
On Thursday, May 14th, 2020, we hosted a webinar to further explain this 3 phase approach and what supports are currently available to Indigenous tourism businesses through ITO. This webinar highlights the COVID-19 impacts on the Ontario Indigenous tourism industry, an explanation of our 3 phase approach and our Business Support Broker services.
To supplement this webinar and provide shareable information, we have produced the following documents:
The Path Forward: A Framework for Ontario Indigenous Tourism Recovery
COVID-19 Ontario Indigenous Tourism Sector Impact Analysis
Webinar #1: Protect, Restart, Recover
Funding and Loan Programs for Indigenous Businesses
On April 18, 2020 the federal government announced $306 million for small and medium sized Indigenous businesses. Funds will be available through Aboriginal Financial Institutions (AFIs) and administered by the National Aboriginal Capital Corporations Association and Métis capital corporations in partnership with Indigenous Services Canada. We strongly encourage Indigenous business owners to review the ‘FAQ about this loan’ document below and the ‘8 Ontario Aboriginal Financial Institutions (AFIs)’.
FAQ about this loan
8 Ontario Aboriginal Financial Institutions (AFIs)
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ITO has put together a team of experienced Business Support Brokers to help you navigate and access available supports and resources. Their services are available to all our members. If you are not yet a member, please register here.
Please contact one of the Business Support Brokers for your region. If you are unsure of your region, you can find out which RTO you belong to here.