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November 21, 2023

Businesses and organizations in southern Ontario can now apply for tourism funding

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News Release, Federeal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario, November 20, 2023 – Ottawa, Ontario, 

Tourism Growth Program aims to foster growth and competitiveness for Canada’s tourism industry, strengthen local tourism and economies

Tourism is an important part of Canada’s economic prosperity. Communities across southern Ontario and Canada offer a variety of exciting new experiences to visitors. Tourism businesses and organizations that highlight our attractions are the key to unlocking our region’s potential and contributing to the local economy.

Today, the Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), announced the launch of the Tourism Growth Program in southern Ontario. The program will support businesses and organizations that bring visitors to our region. By developing local tourism attractions and experiences, they are positioning Canada as an all-seasons destination of choice. Applications are currently being accepted.

Over $30 million is available to businesses and organizations in southern Ontario to develop tourism attractions and experiences that will draw people to our country and communities. About 15% of the investment will support Indigenous-led tourism initiatives.

Tourism businesses and organizations can visit the Tourism Growth Program in southern Ontario page to see if they are eligible and submit an application.

The Tourism Growth Program is a key component of the Federal Tourism Growth Strategy, which charts a course for long-term growth, investment, and stability in Canada’s tourism industry. By continuing to take action to help the tourism industry grow and prosper, the Government of Canada is helping businesses and communities to create memorable experiences, grow and contribute to their local economies.

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