Grants Ontario is your source for grants provided by the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport as well by several other Ontario Ministries and agencies. Grants Ontario provides you with one-window access to information about grants that are available to you, how to apply for grants and how to check the status of your application.
For more information on the application process, go to Grants Ontario.
For a list of grant programs by Ministry, go to Grants Ontario.
Celebrate Ontario for festivals and events is an annual program that helps new or existing Ontario festivals and events enhance programs, activities and services that will lead to long-term improvements. This support helps grow tourism in the province by making it easier for festival and event organizers to offer new and improved experiences that will attract more tourists and increase visitor spending. Event marketing targeted at markets greater than 100km away that emphasizes increased overnights and out of province visitation can also be applied for. Applications and guidelines are made available online through Grants Ontario.
Tourism Development Fund (TDF)
The Tourism Development Fund (TDF) provides non-capital, project-based funding to support investment attraction, product and experience development on a pan-provincial or multi-regional basis, and industry capacity building to help develop Ontario as a successful tourist destination.
For more information about the TDF: Contact your Tourism Industry Advisor or visit the Tourism Development Fund page.
Summer Experience Program (SEP)
SEP is an annual summer employment grant program providing career-related employment opportunities for youth in a variety of areas including tourism, citizenship, cultural, sport and recreation sectors.
For more information including guidelines and applications visit the Summer Experience Program page.
Tourism Research and Tools
The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport offers a full range of tourism research information and tools that will assist your organization in developing tourism development strategies. Check out the extremely popular Tourism Regional Economic Impact Model (TREIM) that allows organizations to assess the economic impact of festival or event among other activities and developments.
Destination Ontario (Formally OTMPC)
Destination Ontario is an agency of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport and undertakes marketing initiatives for the Province. (Web, TV, Radio, 1-800-ONTARIO, Social Media, ONroute Centres, Ontario Travel Information Centres, etc.) Destination Ontario offers free registration to become a tourism partner that enables access/editing of calendar of events and other databases etc. There is also a partnership funding program offered by Destination Ontario known as the Tourism Industry Partnership Program (TIPP).
Destination Ontario Consumer website: www.ontariotravel.net
Destination Ontario Industry website: www.tourismpartners.com
Tourism Industry Partner Program (TIPP)
Destination Ontario works collaboratively with groups in the tourism industry to develop and implement innovative and co-operative marketing programs. It does this through the Tourism Industry Partnership Program (TIPP). If your consortium’s marketing initiative promotes Ontario as a tourism destination and works to extend visitors length of stay while increasing visitor spend while working with Destination Ontario’s marketing strategy and programs, then this program could work for you.
For more information visit the Grant’s Ontario Tourism Industry Partner Program page.
Regional Tourism Organizations (RTOs)
Ontario is paving the way for a stronger, more competitive tourism industry. Based on recommendations from the 2009 report, Discovering Ontario: a report on the future of tourism, the ministry established 13 tourism regions, each with a strong Regional Tourism Organization (RTO). Each RTO is independent, industry-led and not-for-profit and each provides leadership and coordination to support competitive and sustainable tourism regions.
For more information about the tourism regions visit the ministry website.
Strategic Framework for Tourism in Ontario
Ontario has launched a Strategic Framework for Tourism in Ontario.
It is the next step in the government’s commitment to ensuring the industry is best positioned for success in the global market and will build on the success of our tourism investment initiatives. The framework will also serve as an important tool to guide our work as we maximize the growth and competitiveness of Ontario’s tourism sector.