Greenbelt Fund – accepting letters of inquiry

March 22, 2017

If you’re interested in applying for funding, Ontario’s Greenbelt Fund is currently accepting Letters of Inquiry. Visit the Greenbelt Fund website to review the grant guidelines to learn about the three grant streams – market access, local food literacy, and broader public sector. Interested organizations are encouraged to contact the Grant team to talk about… Read more »

Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation – apply now

March 16, 2017

Apply now for a 2017 Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence!   The Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence program supports and recognizes the dedication, hard work and innovation of local agri-food businesses and individuals who are adding value to existing products, helping create jobs and contributing to economic growth. Submit your application by 11:59… Read more »

Growing small ciders and spirits producers’ businesses

March 10, 2017

(Ministry of Finance) [On Tuesday, March 7] Charles Sousa, Minister of Finance and Jeff Leal, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, announced the details of the Ontario Small Cidery and Small Distillery Support Program. The program will provide eligible businesses with support to grow and scale up their operations, including hiring more staff and… Read more »

Ontario increasing opportunities for girls & women in sport

March 10, 2017

(Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport) Premier Kathleen Wynne and Tourism, Culture and Sport Minister Eleanor McMahon were at University of Toronto’s Varsity Centre [Wednesday, March 8] to unveil the new initiatives from the province that promote equal and fair opportunities for women and girls in sport and recreation, including: Requiring amateur sport organizations to… Read more »

Green Tourism – stakeholder survey

March 10, 2017

Green Tourism Canada wants to ensure the information it provides to members and stakeholders is relevant and valuable. Please take a few moments to fill out this survey, and tell Green Tourism Canada what’s most important to you!

TIAO launches partnership with Baxter Media

March 10, 2017

TIAO is proud to announce a new partnership Baxter Travel Media, wherein TIAO will help deliver the Baxter Student Ambassador Program (BSAP). Aimed at students graduating from post-secondary travel, tourism and hospitality programs, BSAP recognizes students based on a combination of academic success, community involvement and leadership skills. Coupled with TIAO’s new Student Membership chapter,… Read more »

Festivals & Events Ontario announces 2017 award recipients

March 10, 2017

Congratulations to the 2017 FEO Award Program recipients! The 2017 FEO Awards were handed out on Friday, March 3rd during FEO’s Annual Conference “Celebrating the Past. Igniting the Future!” in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario and were judged by an independent panel of judges late November 2016. Particular congratulations to the Orangeville Blues & Jazz Festival, and the… Read more »

Conference Board predicts slower growth for foodservice industry

March 7, 2017

Canadian Restaurant News | Bill Tremblay OTTAWA — Increased competition paired with decreased consumer spending will slow growth in Canada’s foodservice industry, according to the Conference Board of Canada. In its recent report Canadian Industrial Outlook: Canada’s Food Service Industry, the board predicts revenue growth will be limited to 3.9 per cent in 2017. Pre-tax… Read more »

Ontario supports record number of festival & events in 2017

March 7, 2017

March 6th, 2017 Ontario is supporting a record number of festivals and events this year to showcase the province as a vibrant place to live and visit during Ontario’s 150th anniversary. Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, was at Mills Hardware in Hamilton today to make the announcement. The province is supporting 304… Read more »

Travel Industry Review Act -feedback requested

March 4, 2017

The Travel Industry Act hasn’t been reviewed since 2002, so changes are needed to reflect the increasing use of online travel and home-sharing services. Outdated rules can also place an unnecessary burden on businesses that sell travel services in Ontario. To update the act and better protect consumers, we are inviting comments and recommendations from… Read more »