Late last week, the federal government announced its latest measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including the announcement of the Business Credit Availability Program which will enable EDC (and Crown corporation, the Business Development Bank of Canada) to provide Canadian entrepreneurs with an additional $10 billion to help companies access to credit during this evolving crisis.
EDC is prepared to act swiftly to help Canadian businesses access the capital they need. By working together, EDC and businesses can minimize the impacts that this crisis is having on Canadians. Most businesses can start to access these program enhancements immediately.
Renewed focus is on sustaining Indigenous Tourism through 2020
COAST SALISH TERRITORY (Vancouver, BC) – March 24, 2020 – The Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC) has rewritten their business plan for their upcoming fiscal year 2020-21, in response to the considerable negative impacts of COVID-19 on the global tourism industry.
March 16, 2020, Coast Salish Territory (Vancouver, BC) – The Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada is working diligently with the Federal Government to ensure financial assistance and Indigenous-led solutions are being created for the Indigenous tourism industry. Below are two measures launched by the Government of Canada to support the financial needs of small and medium-sized tourism operators immediately:
March 13, 2020, Coast Salish Territory (Vancouver, BC) – As Indigenous tourism operators face critical downturns in tourism demand due to COVID-19 and the negative impacts of the recent Wet’suwet’en solidarity blockades, Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada’s (ITAC) CEO and President, Keith Henry, is calling on the Federal Government for immediate Indigenous-led solutions.
March 5, 2020, Algonquin Territory (Ottawa, ON) – In support of a relationship that has grown since the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC) first launched in 2015, Keith Henry, President and CEO signed a new dynamic three-year partnership agreement with the Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC).
Top Indigenous chefs representing the Indigenous Culinary of Associated Nations (ICAN) and supported by the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC), will highlight Indigenous cuisine from across Canada during the Restaurants Canada Show in Toronto.
March 3, 2020, Mississaugas of the Credit, Anishnabeg, Chippewa, Haudenosaunee and the Wendat Traditional Territory (Toronto, Ontario) – The board of the Indigenous Culinary of Associated Nations (ICAN) and the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC) congratulate Chef Bill Alexander for winning the Restaurants Canada Culinary Excellence Award Saturday on Saturday in Toronto, Ontario.
February 27, 2020, Mi’kmaw Territory (Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador) – Two years after the first province-wide Indigenous tourism gathering in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, the establishment of the Newfoundland and Labrador Indigenous Tourism Association (NLITA) was announced today at the annual Hospitality NL Conference & Trade Show.
Angela Ryder, ITAC’s Industry Coordinator, will be hosting a webinar to provide new and existing members with more information about our membership program and to let you know about our Regional partnerships that exist within some provinces (BC, Ontario, Quebec and Nunavut). This webinar will also provide more information about the membership types, how the membership process varies depending on where your business is located (MOU region or non-MOU region) and will provide a period for Q&As.
February 10, 2020, Treaty 6 Territory and Homeland of the Métis (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) – The Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC) and Tourism Saskatchewan signed a memorandum of understanding today in support of Indigenous tourism development. The memorandum provides the foundation for partnerships with other organizations interested in advancing economic development in the tourism industry for Indigenous communities across the province.