ITAC Tourism Development Funding Support Program

Thank you for your interest in applying for a product development grant from the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC).  Your application is part of a specific funding opportunity supported by Indigenous & Northern Affairs Canada. This program supports ITAC’s overall five-year goal of 50 new market/export ready businesses by 2021.

Deadline to Submit Applications: Friday, September 28, 2018 @ 4:30 PM Pacific

If you have questions, or need assistance with the online form, please contact:



Program Goal:

The overall goal of this program is to assist Canadian Indigenous tourism businesses with expertise and funding support to improve their market/export readiness in order to have the opportunity to gain greater market awareness, larger volumes of visitors and sustainable business growth.

Funding Available:

The program is intended to assist multiple Indigenous tourism businesses from as many of the 13 provinces and territories as possible.
There are limited funds available and therefore the funding amount for any one applicant will be to a maximum of $10,000.

Project Eligibility:

As part of the process to apply for this funding, this form will ask you to describe the project for which you need funding assistance. The project must demonstrate that the funding will help your Indigenous tourism business move towards being more market/export ready.  To learn more about market/export ready standards, please review the “National Guidelines for Indigenous Tourism” by clicking the link here.

Your project plan could include (for example):

  • Staff Training
  • Website Upgrades
  • Infrastructure Upgrades
  • Expanding your current business
  • Administrative/Financial Advisory Assistance
  • Marketing & Sales Planning
  • Business Assessment
  • Health & Safety Equipment
  • Other projects related to improving market / export readiness.

Important: your proposed project must be completed before March 31, 2019.  Projects that fall outside this timeline will not be considered.

Eligibility to this program is restricted to Canadian Indigenous tourism businesses that are at least 51% Indigenous owned or controlled and who operate within one of the 13 provinces and territories of Canada.

Application Process

The application process is designed to take you through a series of questions with an online application form.  Please respond with the best information you have to help us determine how we can best invest the available support funding.

In this application, you are able to go back by clicking the button on the bottom of the page.

Your responses will be sent to us once you have completed the form and clicked the “submit” button on the final page.

Reporting Requirements Successful applicants will work with ITAC staff to confirm:

  • Amount of the investment
  • Availability of matching funding programs
  • Confirm project plan
  • Selection of Suppliers / Contractors necessary for the project
  • Specific payments required for Suppliers / Contractors
  • Schedule for Start & Completion of Project

The project must be completed before March 31, 2019.  Successful applicants will be responsible for reporting back to ITAC regarding the project process, result and financial details of the funding investment.




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