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COVID-19 Stimulus Development Fund

Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC) recognizes that during these uncertain times, the shared singular focus in 2020-2021 must be on COVID-19 recovery and preparing for future tourism seasons.

ITAC launched the COVID-19 Stimulus Fund to assist Indigenous tourism operators to invest in measures which minimize the impact of COVID-19. The first program intake ran between April 07 – April 30, 2020. On June 11, 2020, Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Indigenous Services, announced an additional $16 million for a new stimulus development fund to support the Indigenous tourism industry. This funding will be delivered by the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada. As a result of this announcement, a second intake will launch on August 19, 2020, and run until September 9, 2020.

See below for a link to the COVID-19 Stimulus Development Fund Application intake form. Please carefully read the Program Description before clicking links.

Please note: If your business submitted an application in April 2020, you are an Existing Applicant.

EXISTING APPLICANTS: Existing applicants do not need to submit a new application. Existing applicants must complete a Declaration form and are required to upload a COVID-19 Recovery Plan and project budget, in order to finalize their original April 2020 application. This supplemental information must be submitted by September 09, 2020.


Use the username and password associated with the existing application; if a password reset is required, this can be done at the login page.

NEW APPLICANTS: if you have not previously applied for the COVID-19 Stimulus Fund for your business, you will need to submit a full application, including the Declaration, COVID-19 Recovery Plan and project budget. One application only can be submitted per business. Applications must be submitted by September 09, 2020.


New users will be asked questions to set up a new user account.


PROJECT ELIGIBILITY: As part of the process to apply for funding, businesses will be asked to describe the project for which you need funding assistance. The project must be specific to helping your Indigenous tourism business recover from COVID-19. Applicants must declare:

  1. The business has been in operation since October 1, 2019;
  2. The business has been solvent, financially viable, and not declared bankrupt prior to the onset of economic disruptions associated with COVID-19;
  3. The business currently is and expects it will continue to operate with a reduction in revenues over the coming months, as a result of COVID-19; and,
  4. The financial support will help prevent layoffs, bankruptcy or permanent closure.

ORGANIZATION ELIGIBILITY: Eligibility for this program is restricted to Canadian Indigenous tourism businesses who are at least 51% owned by Indigenous entrepreneurs or Indigenous communities or economic development corporations.

FUNDING AVAILABLE: There are limited funds available and therefore the funding amount for anyone applicant will be up to a maximum of $25,000. Due to the high volume of applications anticipated, an offer less than the full requested amount may be considered.


2020 COVID-19 Stimulus Development Funding (Intake 2):
Supplemental Information & New Applications

OPEN DATE: August 19, 2020

CLOSE DATE: September 9, 2020


To view frequently asked questions, click here.
To view Phase Five successful applicants, click here.
To view Phase Four successful applicants, click here.
To view Phase Two and Three successful applicants, click here.
To view the initial successful applicants in Phase One, click here.
For more information on the ITAC’s COVID-19 Development Stimulus Fund, click here.
To view all of ITAC’s communications around COVID-19 and the resources available, click here.

If you have any questions or if you have any technical issues filling out the report, please contact Crystal Quocksister,

Please contact your regional coordinator for assistance:

Genevieve Huneault, Development Coordinator – BC & Nunavut

Tracey Pascal, Saskatchewan Coordinator

Robert Bernard, Atlantic Coordinator

Holly Courchene, Manitoba Coordinator

Marie-Pierre Laine, Quebec Indigenous Tourism

Ryan Rogers, Yukon

Brady Smith, Ontario

Angela Ryder, Alberta & NWT