The Best Year Ever! Canada welcomed 20.8 million international visitors in 2017

February 20, 2018

Tourism Industry Association of Canada It’s an exciting day for Canada’s tourism industry, as we have matched – and even surpassed – our record for international visitors to Canada. The previous record set in 2002 of 20 million visitors has reached new heights, with 2017 welcoming 20.85million international visitors to Canada. Key to the success… Read more »

Tourism HR Canada – annual survey of stakeholders

February 20, 2018

Tourism HR Canada   Tourism HR Canada recently distributed its third annual survey of tourism labour market stakeholders. Please feel free to share with partners and colleagues. The survey takes 10-15 minutes to complete. Complete the survey.

New public holiday pay calculation

February 20, 2018

  Ministry of Labour   Under the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017 (Bill 148), employees now receive public holiday pay based on an average day, not a pro-rated amount. Visit for more information, or use the Public Holiday Pay Calculator online at

Protecting Water for Future Generations: Growing the Greenbelt in the Outer Ring

February 20, 2018

Ministry of Municipal Affairs We want your thoughts on the proposal to protect important water resources, such as moraines, cold water streams and wetlands, by growing the Greenbelt in the Greater Golden Horseshoe. How to participate Step 1 Read our proposed plan for protecting water resources in the outer ring by Growing the Greenbelt: Executive… Read more »

Proposed Places of Use Regulations Under the Cannabis Act, 2017

February 20, 2018

Ministry of the Attorney General The Government of Ontario’s current proposals for regulation prohibit use of medical cannabis while driving, or operating a vehicle or boat. However, passenger use of medical cannabis while in a vehicle or boat would be allowed, barring certain limitations. Recreational cannabis use is proposed to be permitted in hotel, motel… Read more »

#CycleON: Action Plan 2.0

February 20, 2018

Ministry of Transportation MTO and MTCS are seeking feedback on proposed action items for the latest action plan in Ontario’s Cycling Strategy. Priority areas include: Design healthy, active and prosperous communities Improve cycling infrastructure Make safer highways and streets Promote cycling awareness and behavioural shifts Increase cycling tourism opportunities Deadline for feedback:  March 7, 2018… Read more »

Provide input on the Red Tape Challenge: Tourism

February 8, 2018

The Ontario government wants to hear your thoughts on how to cut red tape and make it easier to do business in Ontario. Participate in the Red Tape Challenge and help us identify the business regulations that need to be updated, improved or eliminated. We are currently consulting on regulations that apply to the tourism… Read more »

Destination Ontario Export Readiness Workshop

February 6, 2018

On March 8th, from 10:30 am -12:00 pm, Destination Ontario will host an informative 90 minute, FREE web-based Export Readiness Webinar session.  Tourism stakeholders will gain introductory knowledge of what products the international traveller is seeking, basic guidelines on accepting the international traveller and working with the travel trade. This webinar will introduce the international markets that Destination Ontario… Read more »

Call for Art for 2019 Bruce Trail Calendar

February 5, 2018

Calling all Artists! We invite you to provide a colourful image of your explorations on the Niagara Escarpment, showcasing its natural beauty, heritage and/or the people who hike it. We prefer original artwork – no prints, photocopies or photographs, please. Thirteen pieces will be chosen for the 2019 Bruce Trail Calendar. Each artist who enters… Read more »

Tourism Regional Economic Impact Model Upgrade

February 1, 2018

As part of the Strategic Framework for Tourism, the government committed to updating the Tourism Regional Economic Impact Model (TREIM) platform to enhance the user experience and enable a more efficient process for updating information. The commitment was in response to tourism industry feedback about the importance of timely and relevant data to make better… Read more »