The Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada’s Product Development Fund is a program which responds directly to the demonstrated need of the support to guide and prepare Indigenous tourism businesses to reach a market-ready state and develop sustainable growth for economic success.
By improving product and capacity development among partner and member organizations, the Product Development Fund forms part of ITAC’s new strategic five-year plan (2019-2024), with a goal to grow the Indigenous tourism industry in Canada to more than $2.2B and support 200 export ready Indigenous tourism businesses in Canada by 2024. Funding for the initiative is supported by Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada.
2019 Program Application
The deadline for the 2019 Development Funding Program Applications closed on Friday, September 28, 2018.
For a full list of the micro grant recipients, click here to read the press release.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For more information regarding the Tourism Development Funding Support Program, please contact:
Teresa Ryder, Teresa@IndigenousTourism.ca.