Tourism SkillsNet North Program
In collaboration with Ontario Tourism Education Corporation, Destination Northern Ontario, Nature and Outdoor Tourism Ontario, District Social Services Administration Boards and Northern Ontario Workforce Planning Boards, Tourism SkillsNet North (TSNN) is designed to identify specific workforce labour gaps, train up to 300 potential employees and match them with available job opportunities within Northern Ontario’s tourism sector.
Qualified employers will be eligible for a 30% wage subsidy up to $3,000 per employee.
Ontario Professional Tourism Industry Specialist (OPTIS)/Northern Ontario Professional Tourism Industry Specialist (NOPTIS) Micro-credential
The Ontario Professional Tourism Industry Specialist (OPTIS) and the Northern Ontario Professional Tourism Industry Specialist (NOPTIS) micro-credential was designed in partnership with the top industry leaders in Ontario tourism for upskilling existing employees within their current job, in addition to supporting the tourism sector to scale up in post-COVID recovery. This micro-credential targets individuals who work for any organization with a mandate to support operators to foster growth in the tourism industry. This includes provincial and federal tourism advisors, municipal staff, economic development officers, destination marketing and sector organization staff, in addition to tourism operators and individuals in management roles within the tourism sector.
Apply For The Grow Your Business Online Grant
Through this program, small business owners can receive a micro-grant worth up to $2,400 to help get their business online, give their e-commerce presence a boost, or digitalize business operations. Grant recipients must commit to maintaining their digital adoption strategy for at least six months.
Elevating Ontario Experiences: Winter/Shoulder Season Tourism Workshop
Looking to create or elevate a revenue-generating idea? This 2-hour workshop, delivered by BC Hughes and presented by TIAO, aims to assist tourism operators in uncovering their business' potential growth areas within winter/shoulder season tourism. You will receive customized strategies and tangible next steps for winter/shoulder season tourism development for your business, peer-to-peer input, and a 30-minute one-on-one coaching session.
The ideal attendee:
• Has an idea for an experience that they'd like to create or elevate
• Is looking to network and connect with businesses in their region
• Would like to increase their knowledge of experience development
Only a few spots remain. If interested, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Tourism Excellence North (TEN) strategically guides investment into tourism development holistically over the long term. TEN is aligned to support priorities for tourism development in Northern Ontario, specifically those of Destination Northern Ontario (DNO).Learn More