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Tourism Funding and Grant Opportunities

The Ontario and Federal governments offer a variety of funding opportunities that your organization may be eligible for throughout the year. Below are current opportunities. Please pay attention to deadlines. 

Tourism Relief Fund (TRF)

The Tourism Relief Fund 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, including $50 million specifically dedicated to Indigenous tourism initiatives, this Fund will position Canada to be a destination of choice when domestic and international travel is once again safe by:

  • Empowering tourism businesses to create new or enhance existing tourism experiences and products to attract more local and domestic visitors; and
  • Helping the sector reposition itself to welcome international visitors by providing the best Canadian tourism experiences we have to offer the world.

In southern Ontario, FedDev Ontario is delivering TRF funding to local organizations.


Who can apply?

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

  • Businesses;
  • Not-for-profit organizations, such as tourism associations; and
  • Band councils or other Indigenous organizations and cooperatives.

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

  • Be a key supplier or operator in the visitor experience;
  • Be part of a defined tourism cluster or tourism dependent community, including supporting downtown cores; or
  • Provide an anchor product or service in a destination.  

 What activities are supported?

Tourism Relief Fund projects will focus on:

  • Product development: For example, projects that enhance tourism experiences, help tourism businesses adapt to the "new normal" and modernize their offerings, and encourage the adoption of more environmentally sustainable and inclusive practices.
  • Destination development: For example, projects that position communities to take advantage of post-pandemic opportunities through strategic planning for medium-to long-term investments, as well as supporting destination development in line with objectives set out in the Federal Tourism Growth Strategy.                                              

What kind of financial support is being provided?

Contributions to businesses will be either:

  • Non-repayable contributions up to $100,000 for up to 50 percent of eligible costs; or
  • Fully repayable contributions up to $500,000 for up to 75 percent of eligible costs.
  • Not-for-profit organizations and Indigenous entities (not generating profits) will be eligible for non-repayable contributions.
  • Project contribution amounts would not exceed $500,000. The actual contribution amount will be based on the minimum amount required to carry out the project.

*NOTE: A business cannot receive a combination of a non-repayable and a repayable contribution for the same project.

For full eligibility criteria and other information, please visit FedDev Ontario's TRF web page.

FedDev Ontario staff are hosting technical briefings on the TRF through Zoom over the next few weeks. Those who are interested may register via one of the following links:

  • Monday, July 19, 2021 at 10:00AM (English Session)
  • Wednesday, July 21, 2021 at 10:00AM (French Session)
  • Monday, July 26, 2021 at 10:00AM (English Session)

If you are applying for funding through the Provincial Government, please note, you must have a Transfer Payment Ontario account. 

You can use Transfer Payment Ontario to:

  • register and apply for funding
  • get information about available funding opportunities
  • check the status of your active submissions for funding

Available funding opportunities from the Ontario Government

*Click on the web links to access more information on each program* 

Ontario Tourism and Travel Small Business Support Grant* CLOSED 

2021 Reconnect Festival and Event Program *CLOSED

Tourism Economic Development and Recovery Fund

Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries

Deadline: Applications are accepted on an-ongoing basis.

Description: The Tourism Economic Development and Recovery Fund (TEDRF) is an application-based, cost-sharing program designed to provide non-capital funding to projects that either:

  • encourage the development of innovative new tourism products
  • support tourism investment
  • build the capacity of Ontario's tourism industry

The program also supports innovative tourism recovery projects aimed at increasing tourism within Ontario to address the reduction in global travel as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Celebrate Ontario Blockbuster

Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries

Deadline: Applications are accepted on an on-going basis, but must be submitted at least four months before the event start date.

Description: The Celebrate Ontario Blockbuster program supports costs related to hosting:

  • major one-time events in Ontario
  • events that do not recur annually or biennially in Ontario
  • national or international events in Ontario

Ontario Small Business Support Grant

  • Starting at $10,000 for all eligible businesses, the grant provides businesses with funding to a maximum of $20,000 to help cover decreased revenue expected as a result of the Province-wide Shutdown.

Ontario's Main Street Relief Grant: PPE Support

  • Eligible small businesses will get one-time grants of up to $1,000.

Property tax and energy cost rebates

  • Eligible businesses could get rebates for:
    • municipal and education property taxes
    • energy costs, including electricity and natural gas (or where natural gas is not available, propane and heating oil)
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