The application period for the Tourism Relief Fund is closed as of April 1, 2023.
The Tourism Relief Fund (TRF) is a $500 million program to support the tourism sector in Canada, with $485 million in regional priorities funding administered by Canada's regional development agencies and the $15 million National Priorities Stream administered by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada.
As domestic and international travel rebounds, the TRF is helping position Canada as a destination of choice by:
- empowering tourism businesses to create new or enhance existing tourism experiences and products to attract more local and domestic visitors
- helping the sector reposition itself to welcome international visitors by providing the best Canadian tourism experiences we have to offer the world
TRF-supported initiatives are helping tourism businesses and organizations:
- adapt their operations to meet public health requirements
- improve their products and services
- position themselves for post-pandemic economic recovery
A minimum of $50 million of the TRF's regional priorities funding is specifically supporting Indigenous tourism initiatives. To get more information and to apply, contact your regional development agency.
Support through the National Priorities Stream
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada will deliver $15 million to support the advancement of national tourism priorities aligned with Canada's Federal Tourism Growth Strategy. These include destination development, seasonal and geographic dispersion, and human resources and skills development. This funding will provide the opportunity to leverage the reach and expertise of national tourism organizations to support pan-Canadian or multi-regional activities—like conferences and events, training and research, and network building—focused on addressing challenges facing the tourism sector on its path to recovery.
Contributions to businesses will be either non-repayable (contributions up to $100,000) or repayable (contributions up to $500,000). Not-for-profit organizations and Indigenous organizations (not generating profits) will be eligible for non-repayable contributions.
To find out if your organization qualifies for TRF support and to apply, visit your regional development agency's web page:
- Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)
For communities in Atlantic Canada
- Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions (CED)
For communities in Quebec
- Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor)
For communities in Canada's three territories
- Federal Economic Development Agency for Northern Ontario (FedNor)
For communities in northern Ontario
- Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario)
For communities in southern Ontario
- Prairies Economic Development Canada (PrairiesCan)
For communities in the Prairie provinces
- Pacific Economic Development Canada (PacifiCan)
For communities in British Columbia