Funding Opportunities - RTO 9

Funding Opportunities

Grants Ontario

Grants Ontario is your source for grants provided by Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries as well by several Ontario ministries and agencies. Grant 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.

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Funding & Grant Opportunities for the Tourism Sector

There are many funding and grant opportunities to support tourism businesses in Ontario. Here is a look of the most recent opportunities to apply for.

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Ontario Trillium Foundation

(OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and Canada’s largest granting foundation. Over $110 million is awarded annually to some 1,000 nonprofit and charitable organizations across the province. Apply to any one of the different granting programs to meet different needs.

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Tourism Development Fund

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 tourism destination.

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ITAC Indigenous Tourism Fund Micro & Small Business

This funding program recognizes market readiness standards set by The Original Original Accreditation Program, taking into account factors such as resource availability, cash flow, and market dynamics.

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Tourism Workforce Sustainability Program

TIAO’s Tourism Workforce Sustainability Program aims to expand and diversify Ontario’s tourism workforce while helping employers retain employees for the long-term sustainability of their businesses and the industry.

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Advanced Digital and Professional Training (ADaPT)

ADaPT meets employer needs and provides post-secondary graduates with 70+ hours of no-cost training on in-demand skills through professional and digital workshops and alternative pathways to meaningful careers.

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Tourism Growth Program in Southern Ontario

The Tourism Growth Program (TGP) provides $108 million over 3 years to support communities, small- and medium-sized businesses and not-for-profit organizations in developing local tourism products and experiences.

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Summer Experience Program (SEP)

The Summer Experience Program (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.

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Young Canada Works (YCW)

Offers eligible employers wage subsidies and access to a pool of talented youth with innovative ideas and competitive skills. Subsidies to eligible employers enable the creation of about 2,300 job opportunities per year in the fields of heritage, arts, culture. and official languages.

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CGLCC - The Ecosystem Fund

The Ecosystem Fund, provided through the CGLCC, has been designed to assist non-profit organizations that collaborate with and support 2SLGBTQI+ entrepreneurs.

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Canada Cultural Investment Fund

Provides financial assistance for projects involving multiple partners that help arts and heritage organizations improve their business practices and diversify their revenues.

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Canada Ontario Job Grant Program

Provides direct financial support to individual employers or employer consortia who wish to purchase training for their employees.

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Ontario Arts Council

The Ontario Arts Council currently offers more than 65 grant programs to individual artists, collectives, ad hoc groups and organizations in twelve sectors.

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Canadian Experiences Fund

The Canadian Experiences Fund (CEF) provides $58.5 million ($6 million in Atlantic Canada) over two years to support communities across Canada as they create, improve or enhance tourism products, facilities and experiences.

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Multicultural Community Capacity Grant Program

This program provides funding to not-for-profit organizations that focus on newcomers and ethnocultural groups for projects that promote diversity and inclusion. This is to make it easier for newcomers and ethnocultural communities to fully participate in all facets of life in Ontario.

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The Ontario Music Fund

The Ontario Music Fund (OMF), administered by the Ontario Music Office (OMO), is aimed at stimulating growth in Ontario’s music companies and supporting this growing sector. The Fund is designed to drive activity and investment to support Ontario’s music companies/organizations in expanding their economic and cultural footprints within Canada and around the world.

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Canadian Experiences Fund

Supports communities across Canada as they create and enhance tourism products, facilities and experiences.

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Digital Main Street

Digital Main Street is a digital “how to” guide and program to help you grow your business. The program is supported in partnership with the Province of Ontario.

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