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Development Opportunities

We have numerous ways we can work together to develop the tourism industry in Ontario’s Southwest.

Click here to view the infographic with opportunities.

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Open Request for Quotation

Alternative Accommodations in Ontario’s Southwest Toolkit: Haldimand, Norfolk & Elgin Counties.

Southwest Ontario Tourism Corporation together with 3 Destination Management Organization partners are looking for a contractor to help complete the next phase of an Alternative Accommodation Study. This study addresses the challenges in providing suitable accommodation options for visitors during peak tourism season, specifically where year-round visit demand does not justify the development of branded accommodations.

Click here for more information. Submission Deadline: December 21st, 2018.


Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act 2005 (AODA)

The primary goal of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act 2005 (AODA) is to ensure an accessible Ontario by eliminating all barriers for those with disabilities, on or before January 1, 2025.  It applies to all businesses and organization who provide goods or services to the public or to other businesses or organizations in Ontario.

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Package Development Materials

Looking to create tourism packages for your business? Learn more about packaging, how to find the right partners, and how to develop the operations plan and programming behind the package using the information below.


Starting a Craft Brewery in Ontario Guide

The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs has released a guidebook to starting a craft brewery in Ontario. Find helpful info including writing business plans, financing, marketing, support, regulations, and more.

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Sustainable Festivals Toolkit

Festivals and events play an important role to the tourism industry. Take a look at our Sustainable Festivals Toolkit for festival trends, best practices, and ways to grow your tourism festival.


Ontario By Bike - Cycling Toolkit

Over the past 5 years, Ontario’s cycle tourism sector has grown significantly. Tourism business have been recognizing how this impacts their business, and many in the region are becoming ‘Bicycle Friendly’ through Ontario By Bike. To learn more about this program, see the Ontario By Bike Cycling ToolKit.


Blue Flag Beaches & Marinas Certification

Blue Flag is a highly respected and recognized international eco-label. Blue Flags are awarded to beaches and marinas that meet strict criteria for water quality, environmental education, environmental management, and safety and services. Learn more about getting your beach or marina certified.

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Tourism-Orientated Directional Signage (TODS) Program Review; Final Results

The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport (MTCS) and the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) engaged with tourism partners to review the Tourism-Oriented Directional Signage (TODS) program.  Ontario’s Southwest had by far the highest participation rate in this review and we would like to thank everyone who shared their comments.  Based on this feedback, MTCS will be implementing program adjustments to strengthen the program.  Improvements will included:

  • Extending full signing opportunities to campgrounds on freeways to permit the full spelling of a campground’s name

  • Allowing more rural downtowns, trail access points, museums and cultural centres to qualify for signage

  • Allowing tourism-designated outlet malls and regional travel information centres to apply for TODS signage on roadways

  • Strengthening program awareness and service delivery

For more information on the TODS program and the service review click here, or contact Joanne at joanne@swotc.ca.


Destination Canada Resources

Destination Canada is Canada’s national tourism marketing organization. A federal Crown corporation of the Government of Canada, they lead the Canadian tourism industry in marketing Canada as a premier four-season tourism destination where travellers can enjoy extraordinary experiences. Access some of their resources developed for the tourism industry below:

  • The EQ toolkit was designed to help operators find and keep their best customers, and help you design great tourism products and packages.

  • For businesses interested in learning how to capture the attention of media, specifically international media, Destination Canada has put together an in-depth toolkit.

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Agri-Tourism Toolkit

There are many different things that need to be considered when entering into the agri-tourism industry. The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs  has developed a series of resources and tools to help agri-tourism operators in the region evolve and grow their business.