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Grant and Funding Opportunities for Tourism Stakeholders in Ontario’s Southwest

Check out this document that lists multiple federal and provincial funding opportunities to see which ones you are eligible for and how you can apply.

Funding Opportunities for Tourism Stakeholders

Canadian Experiences Fund

The federal government has just released its new tourism strategy, including a new Canadian Experiences Fund.  This fund supports communities across Canada as they create, improve or enhance tourism products, facilities and experiences.  Its focus is on investing in new experience development in their 5 core pillars including;

  • Tourism in rural and remote communities

  • Indigenous tourism

  • Winter and shoulder season tourism

  • Inclusiveness

  • Culinary tourism

Click here for more information.

Celebrate Ontario Blockbuster Program 

This program provides project-based funding to new or existing Ontario events to enhance programs, activities and services and support innovations that will lead to long-term improvements, sustainability and the attraction of additional tourists.  

Celebrate Ontario 2019 Now Launched 

What’s NEW for 2019?

  • Simplified single application form, making it easier to apply to the program

  • Streamlined funding formula applicable to all festival and event budgets

  • Funding support focused on programming improvements and marketing to tourists

Please read the Celebrate Ontario 2019 Application Guide carefully for information on eligibility, funding priorities and program details. The Guide will help you to determine whether the program aligns with your event plans.

Information Sessions Are Back!

To help with the application process, we are once again offering online information sessions that will be delivered via webinar and teleconference.

To register for a session, please choose your preferred option below:

Your Tourism Advisor can help you with any questions about your Celebrate Ontario 2019 application.

The deadline to apply for Celebrate Ontario 2019 is Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. (EST).

Information about how to apply to the program is available on the Grants Ontario website.

Canada-Ontario Job Grant 

A company’s most valuable asset can be its employees. If you’re looking for employee training support, the Canada-Ontario Job Grant might be for you. OTEC has become an approved and certified provider for the Canada-Ontario Job Grant program and is available to help businesses access and deliver corporate training programs for the hospitality, tourism, and community development sectors. For more information, contact OTEC Client Services at or by calling 416-622-1975.   


Tourism Industry Partners Program (TIPP)  

The Tourism Industry Partners Program (TIPP) encourages innovative and results-based initiatives that facilitate increased visitation and expenditures from out-of-province visitors. The objectives of the TIPP program are to fund targeted, innovative programs and marketing tactics that directly generate awareness. If you have any questions regarding the program, please contact Nicole Papineau, Partnership Development and Sales Manager, at 416-212-1886 or