ITAC Tourism Development Funding Support Program

ITAC’s Product Development Fund is a program which responds directly to the demonstrated need of the support which is needed to guide and prepare Indigenous tourism businesses to reach a market-ready state and develop sustainable growth for economic success. Based on the demand, ITAC has announced that this year’s fund distribute a total of $418,000, a significant increase from the $130,000 distributed in 2016. This year’s funds will assist a total of 65 Indigenous tourism businesses representing every province and territory in Canada.

By improving product and capacity development among partner and member organizations, the Product Development Fund forms part of ITAC’s strategic five-year plan, with a goal for 50 new market/export ready businesses by 2021. Funding for the initiative is supported by Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada and must be invested by the funding recipients by March 31, 2018.

ITAC Product Development Funding Support Recipients 2017-18:

ALBERTA

Business Type of Attraction Improved Project Description
Boy Chief Trading Post Retail (gift shop, gallery) POS system and website
Miywasin Friendship Centre Special Events (festivals etc.) Upgrade festival experience
Gift Lake Metis Settlement Campground, RV, Cabins Website upgrade and Computer training
Talking Rock Tours Outdoor Adventures Website upgrades
Indigenous Spirit Creations Outdoor Adventures Metis tents and cultural displays
Four Lodges Gallery and Studios Museum or Cultural Centre Cultural centre displays
Moonstone Creation Retail (gift shop, gallery) Website and sewing machine
Delree’s Native Art Gallery Retail (gift shop, gallery) Video production and training for Marketing Certificate
Métis Crossing Campground, RV, Cabins Comfort Camping product expansion

BRITISH COLUMBIA

Business Type of Attraction Improved Project Description
Talaysay Tours Outdoor Adventures Website upgrades and Staff Training & Ops Manual
Eagle Transit Ltd Tours & Transportation Upgrade transportation equipment
Tzoonie Ventures Ltd Wildlife Viewing Website upgrades
Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre Outdoor Adventures Assist component of large trail project for guests
Moccasin Trails Outdoor Adventures Marketing & Website
Red Ground Creations Retail (gift shop, gallery) Website upgrade and staff training
Esdilagh Development Corporation Workshops and Training Training for front-line staff
Bella Guest Cabins Outdoor Adventures Pilot project of rentable watercraft
Charlotte house Lodging/ Accommodations Marketing and Website development
KCFN Marina and Campground Outdoor Adventures Website upgrades, design planning and guest furnishings
Boston Bar First Nation Museum or Cultural Centre Support social media strategy to drive more online awareness
Way Point Resort Lodging/ Accommodations Website rebrand and marketing assets
Sea Wolf Adventures Wildlife Viewing Equipment to expand guest experience
Spapium ‘Little Prairie’ Farm Workshops and Training Build gathering place and outdoor food service for guests
Huu-ay-aht First Nations Outdoor Adventures Staff training – guest relations and management
Little Little Retreat Lodging/ Accommodations Health and water treatment equipment systems
Northeast Aboriginal Business Centre Retail (gift shop, gallery) Improve Indigenous marketplace for local artisans
Tachet Campground Campground, RV, Cabins Customer experience training
Haida Style Expeditions Workshops and Training Trade show support
Kitasoo Band Outdoor Adventures Cultural advisor services

MANITOBA

Business Type of Attraction Improved Project Description
Turtle Lodge Workshops and Training Marketing plan for educational products
49°North Tourism and Consulting Lodging/ Accommodations Guest experience equipment & website upgrade

NEW BRUNSWICK

Business Type of Attraction Improved Project Description
Aduksis Jewellery Designs Artist, Crafter Investment in equipment, online marketing, e-commerce
Metepenagiag Heritage Park Outdoor Cultural experience Training and photography
Red Bank Outdoor Adventure Lodge Lodging/ Accommodations POS and hardware

NEWFOUNDLAND & LABRADOR

Business Type of Attraction Improved Project Description
Royal Inn + Suites Lodging/ Accommodations Upgrades towards guest transportation plan
Abadak Wilderness Adventures Outdoor Adventures Product development support for 2-day itinerary
No’kmaq village – Flat Bay Band Inc Workshops and Training Support to market local providers and partners’ experiences
R&R House by Effie/ ShaMaSha Centre Workshops and Training Brand development and website

NORTHWEST TERRITORIES

Business Type of Attraction Improved Project Description
North Star Adventures Ltd Outdoor Adventures Infastructure for aurora viewing
Tundra North Tours Wildlife Viewing Downpayment on client transportation

NOVA SCOTIA

Business Type of Attraction Improved Project Description
Mikmaq Artist Loretta Gould Retail (gift shop, gallery) Online promotions and retail support
Sipuke’l Gallery (Acadia First Nation) Retail (gift shop, gallery) Marketing planning and activation

NUNAVUT

Business Type of Attraction Improved Project Description
Arctic Bay Adventures LTD Workshops and Training Market readiness training

ONTARIO

Business Type of Attraction Improved Project Description
The Anishinabe Experience Workshops and Training Photography, printing & website
Cape Croker Park Campground, RV, Cabins Website upgrade, marketing materials, signage
Lodge on the Point Lodging/ Accommodations Technical safety upgrade for catering
Turtle Island Tourism Co. Retail (gift shop, gallery) Trading Post Project
osha osha Outdoor Adventures Trailer purchase and training
Ritchie Falls Resort Special Events (festivals etc.) Activation of marketing plan

PEI

Business Type of Attraction Improved Project Description
Indian Art and Craft of North America Retail (gift shop, gallery) Design of artistic and culinary immersion experience

QUEBEC

Business Type of Attraction Improved Project Description
Hébergement aux Cinq Sens Lodging/ Accommodations Logging / adding a building to welcome groups
Kahnawake Tourism, Tewatohnhi’saktha Community-based attractions Plan group rates and packages for tour operators
Tourisme Wendake Museum or Cultural Centre Upgrade marketing tools, translate to 4 other languages
Musée Shaputuan (ITUM) Accommodations/Cultural Centre Skill development, train technical maintenance
Conseil des Anicinapek de Kitcisakik Community-based attractions Planning for new tool to promote their visitor offering
Société de Dévéloppement Economique Ilnu Community-based attractions Signage and to orient visitors in community
Amishk Aventures Amérindiennes Inc. Cultural Traditional Site Upgrade website including content and structure
Entreprises Essipit Community-based attractions Improve website SEO, launch web marketing campaign
Gîte La Huronnière Lodging/ Accommodations Upgrade to a transactional website and improuve SEO
Site Traditionnel Huron Cultural Traditional Site Upgrade and expand facility A/V equipment

SASKATCHEWAN

Business Type of Attraction Improved Project Description
Meadow Lake Tribal Council Lodging/ Accommodations Tourism assessment for multiple First Nations
River Road Festival Lodging/ Accommodations Renovation of 5 rooms for accommodations
Ehguskuhok Tours Inc Guided Tours Creation and Marketing of multi-day itinerary

YUKON

Business Type of Attraction Improved Project Description
Shakat Tun Adventures Inc. Wilderness Lodge Expansion of experience offering and certification/licensing
Fishwheel Charter Services Outdoor Adventures Purchase transportation equipment

Click here to view / download the Product Development Recipient List 2017-18 as a PDF

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