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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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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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Canva - Graphic Design Website

Create a free account with Canva to design anything you need – from posters, ads and letters, to brochures, presentations and business cards. Canva is a simplified graphic design tool website and is loved by beginners and experts, teams and individuals.

Watch the How-To video below to see how Canva works.

Once you sign up it’s really quite simple:

  • Search for templates by using the search bar at the top, or browse through the templates by category

  • Select the template you would like to use by clicking it, and start editing using all the tabs on the left side

    • To add more text to your design, select the “Text” tab and click on the style you want

    • To add photos, illustrations, grids, graphs or other tools, use the “Photos” and “Elements” tabs on the left-hand side

    • To add your own photos and logos, use the tab labeled “Uploads” and find the files you would like to use

  • When you’re done, go to the download button at the top and select the file type you would like to save it as. It will get downloaded onto your computer to use for promotions, websites and social media posts.


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.


Environmental Impact Resources

To learn more about tips and best practices to reduce waste for events, festivals or your tourism business check out these resources below.


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.