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‚ÄčThe Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO) is recognized by government as the voice of tourism. Chatham-Kent Tourism is a member of TIAO.

TIAO advocates for the importance of tourism as an economic driver and job creator in order to serve the interests of Ontario's diverse tourism industry and business community. TIAO works on behalf of its membership, collectively representing 200,000 businesses and 400,000 employees, to take on pressing policy issues that impact the Ontario tourism industry.

Current Opportunities

Please contact Chatham-Kent Tourism if you have questions on any of the information outlined below. Email Chatham-Kent Tourism.

TIAO complimentary membership extended for 2021  

Annual membership provides members with:

  • Exclusive member only access to information and resources on the TIAO website
  • Timely updates on new or under review legislation
  • Invitation to TIAO's annual lobby event: Tourism Day at Queen's Park
  • Special pricing on all TIAO events, such as the Ontario Tourism Summit and Annual TIAO Golf Tournament
  • A voice that contributes to influencing favourable public policy and decision making by government.
  • Access to a collaborative network of businesses, partners and allies that support the tourism industry

The FedDev Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF) has been extended and expanded in southern Ontario. The expanded parameters include increases in contribution amounts and forgivable portions and the timeframe for eligible costs. These parameters are available to new applicants and existing recipients. The deadline for applications is March 31st, 2021.

Key new features for RRRF liquidity support:

  • As of January 20, 2021, conditionally repayable loans for eligible applicants will increase from $40,000 to $60,000. The deadline to submit an application for this option is March 31, 2021.
  • Recipients who have already received RRRF conditionally repayable financial assistance may apply for a top-up to a maximum total amount of $60,000 (also conditionally repayable).
  • Repayable RRRF funding may support fixed operating costs incurred during the pandemic, up to a maximum of $1 million.
  • Organizations such as chambers of commerce, business sector associations and other economic development organizations that provide support to businesses are eligible to apply for the RRRF for non-repayable loans.

What features have not changed?

  • Financial assistance is interest-free.
  • Support under $100,000 will be advanced in a single payment directly to organizations.
  • Financial assistance covers up to 100 percent of eligible costs.

Who can apply for the RRRF

  • A Canadian or provincially-incorporated business, co-operative, partnership or an Indigenous-owned business with 1 to 499 full-time equivalent employees; or
  • Organizations, including social enterprises, that are engaged in commercial activities as a significant portion of operations (i.e., the exchanging of goods or services); or
  • Chambers of commerce, business or sector associations and other economic development organizations that provide support to businesses.

That meet the following:

  • Located in southern Ontario;
  • Facing funding pressures with fixed operating costs, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic;
  • Have applied to other Government of Canada COVID-19 relief measures for which they are eligible, as outlined in the program guidelines;
  • Were operational prior to March 15, 2020;
  • Are financially viable;
  • Plan to continue to operate or resume operations; and
  • Have an active business chequing/operating account.