Tourism Growth Program (TGP) in Northern Ontario

Tourism drives economic development and diversification in many regions and communities across Canada. Delivered by Canada’s regional development agencies, the Tourism Growth Program (TGP) provides $108 million over 3 years to support Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities, small and medium-sized businesses and not-for-profit organizations in developing local tourism products and experiences. The program also complements supports for the tourism industry provided through other federal, provincial and territorial programs.

The TGP contributes to the Federal Tourism Growth Strategy, which charts a course for long-term growth, investment, and stability in Canada’s tourism industry, from coast to coast to coast.

Indigenous applicants

Indigenous tourism is vital to the economic development and growth of Canada’s tourism industry and is a priority under the TGP . Through the $108 million TGP , approximately 15% will support Indigenous-led tourism initiatives. Indigenous applicants are invited to apply through the process outlined below.

Eligible applicants

Eligible applicants include those operating in the tourism industry and are:

  • incorporated small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)
  • Indigenous-owned businesses or organizations
  • incorporated not-for-profit organizations including tourism associations and organizations
  • municipalities

Eligible activities

Eligible projects should provide added value to existing activities in the tourism industry and focus on business and economic growth. Priority may be given to projects that:

  • increase tourism benefits for communities by driving visitation from urban centres to rural areas
  • support the Indigenous tourism industry
  • support economic, environmental and cultural sustainability
  • support active outdoor experiences (projects that provide more opportunities for physically active tourism offerings such as rock-climbing, cycling/hiking trail development, etc.)
  • extend the tourism season (projects which support development and growth of products, services or experiences, with an aim to increase tourism activity outside the traditional high season or to extend their services year-round)

For further information, please contact us directly, and consult the Application Guide.

Financial assistance

For small and medium-sized enterprises:

  • contributions will normally be repayable

For not-for-profit organizations:

  • contributions will normally be non-repayable

Submitting an application

For details on eligibility and on how to apply, applicants are strongly encouraged to review the Application Guide in full and to contact a FedNor officer prior to submitting an application.

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