• This program is currently closed.


No Fixed Amount

Type of Program:



The Industry Capacity Building stream provides support for national and/or provincial industry sector associations and municipalities to ensure that the tourism industry is well positioned to make future strategic decisions, address issues and opportunities, and improve its image as an economic driver for the province.

Comments on Funding:

Funding is up to 50% of total cash expenses as outlined in your project cash operating budget.
The remaining project cash operating budget must come from a combination of organization and project partner cash contributions. At least 20% of total cash expenses must come from the organization.

When It Ends:



Rolling deadline


Applicants must:

  • be tourism associations (excluding Regional Tourism Organizations)
  • national and/or provincial industry sector associations
  • not-for-profit organizations
  • Be valued between $1 - $5 million
  • be interested in undertaking tourism-related initiatives which support tourism product development, industry development and increased visitation,
  •  have at least $2 million General Commercial Liability insurance coverage.

Applications Steps:

The applicant must:


create a One-key account and ID,


register his organization in the Transfer Payment Ontario (TPON) system.


submit their applications at least 4 months prior to the project start date.

Documentation Needed:

The applicant must submit:

  • the Tourism Development Fund application
  • a certificate of insurance with at least $2 million coverage.
    Partnership letters are recommended and should include amount of cash and/or in kind contributions toward the proposed project.

Other Things to Note:

Program no longer active at the beginning of 2021.

About the author 


Maurice (Moe) Muise learned the ins-and-outs of government while an employee of the Government of Canada in Ottawa for 10 years. His current focus is helping small businesses in Ontario to identify and maximize government grants to grow their business.
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