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Tourism Relief Fund in southern Ontario

Applicant checklist

Now open for applications

The Tourism Relief Fund, administered by Canada's regional development agencies (RDAs) and Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED), supports tourism businesses and organizations to adapt their operations to meet public health requirements while investing in products and services to facilitate their future growth. With a budget of $500 million over two years (ending March 31, 2023), including $50 million specifically dedicated to Indigenous tourism initiatives and $15 million for national initiatives, this fund will position Canada to be a destination of choice when domestic and international travel is once again safe by:

Indigenous applicants

Indigenous tourism projects are important to Canada's economic recovery efforts and a priority under the Tourism Relief Fund. Under the fund, a minimum of $50 million will specifically support Indigenous tourism initiatives. Contributions to Indigenous entities (not generating profits) will normally be non-repayable. Indigenous applicants are invited to apply through the process described below.

National tourism support

An envelope of $15 million, delivered by ISED, will support the advancement of national tourism priorities aligned with Canada’s Tourism Growth Strategy, such as destination development, seasonal and geographic dispersion, and human resources and skills development. This funding provides the opportunity to leverage the reach and expertise of national tourism organizations to support pan-Canadian or multi-regional activities addressing challenges facing the tourism sector on its path to recovery, like conferences and events, training and research, and strengthening networks. More details will be available shortly.

Eligible applicants

Eligible applicants include tourism entities that cater mainly to visitors, such as:

To be considered eligible for this fund, applicants must meet at least one of the following criteria:

For more details on eligibility criteria, please consult the Application guide.

Eligible activities

Tourism Relief Fund projects will focus on:

Recognizing local realities, the RDAs will work to address the needs of businesses and communities on a regional basis, offering consistent support across Canada in this critical time.

For more details on the eligibility criteria, please consult the Application guide.

Financial support

Submitting an application

Start the application process by using the Applicant checklist.

If this fund is not right for you, see what other FedDev Ontario support is available. Review more funding opportunities or visit our business services page. You can also find out more about the Government of Canada's complete suite of COVID-19 relief support.

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