The Tourism Relief Fund is now closed - Updated July 2023
Tourism Relief Fund applications through Regional Tourism Organization 5 (RTO5) are now open for businesses in Toronto, Mississauga and Brampton.
The Tourism Relief Fund, first announced by the Government of Canada in April 2021, supports tourism businesses and organizations in adapting operations and meeting changing public health requirements, while providing an opportunity to invest in new products and services that can help make businesses more accessible for more customers. Under the leadership of FedDev Ontario, the fund is now available to businesses throughout southern Ontario. There are strict eligibility requirements and some business sectors such as hotels, restaurants, and retail are ineligible for this particular program.
A total pool of $10 million is available to tourism businesses in Toronto, Mississauga, and Brampton. Destination Toronto is administering the program in its capacity as Regional Tourism Organization 5 (RTO5), working in close partnership with the City of Toronto, Tourism Mississauga, and the City of Brampton Tourism Office, on behalf of FedDev Ontario.
You can learn more about eligibility and the application process, and begin an application, by visiting the dedicated portal for the Tourism Relief Fund in our region: rto5.com.
To support businesses and help them navigate the application process, a webinar 12:00 pm on May 2, 2022 will provide an overview of the process and eligibility, including an opportunity to ask questions. You can find more information or register for the webinar here.
In addition, businesses can schedule a call with a TRF Business Liaison. The links and information are all available at rto5.com.