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Tourism Industry  Association  of Ontario
Survey #4 Results

The Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO) has been working with industry stakeholders and government to collect data on the impact of COVID-19 on the front-line. TIAO's  weekly surveys have provided a comprehensive database on the immediate and severe impact COVID-19 is having on businesses across the province. 

The data collected is used by government to shape the economic recovery package and monitor the continuing negative impact COVID-19 is having on the tourism industry. The data collected from the most recent survey indicates the following risks to the tourism industry:
  • Uncertainty around when they will be able to re-open
  • Temporary closures becoming permanent
  • Ineligibility for existing government aid
  • Insurmountable debt levels
Below, you can find the link to Destination Northern Ontario's COVID-19 webpage where we have posted TIAO survey results. This webpage is also used  to gather resources, information and pertinent news articles to keep people up to date on the latest developments about the virus.

Our team is closely following the evolving situation and will link to appropriate articles, with a focus on validity and relevance to our industry.

Ontario Expands Virtual Mental Health Services 
During COVID-19

Announced Wednesday May 6th, 2020 the Government of Ontario will expand free virtual  mental health services to help thousands of Ontarians experiencing anxiety and depression, including front line health care workers, during the COVID-19 outbreak. 

These internet-based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (iCBT) programs were developed in partnership with MindBeacon and Morneau Shepell and will be provided at no out-of-pocket costs to the people of Ontario. As a part of the governments $12 million commitment to mental health during COVID-19, the emergency funding is helping mental health agencies hire and train staff, purchase the necessary equipment and support the enhancement of virtual and online support including the following: 
  • Internet-based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (iCBT): Clients can self-refer to programs through the various service providers listed and be guided through their client journey to find the appropriate supports they need. 
  • Supports for frontline health care workers: Online iCBT is available to front line health care workers experiencing anxiety, burnout or post-traumatic stress disorder. 
  • Virtual mental health support services:Includes telephone coaching and workbooks, and Kids Help Phone for children and youth.
For more information regarding the different virtual mental health and wellness options available  CLICK HERE .

Connection, Support and Information for the Northern Tourism Industry

Support Through COVID-19 
The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy

The federal government has opened applications for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS), the $73 billion program aimed to prevent job losses and encourage employers to rehire workers laid off as a result of COVID-19. 

The program was set to end June 6th, 2020. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Friday May 8th, he'll offer more details about the extension next week.

This wage subsidy will enable you to re-hire workers previously laid off as a result of COVID-19, help prevent further job losses, and better position you to resume normal operations following the crisis. Applications for the Emergency Wage Subsidy are now open.

For full information regarding the program visit the Canadian Government website   CLICK HERE

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Ad credits for Google Ads Small and Medium-sized Businesses available 

(Support.Google) Google wants to help small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) stay in touch with their customers during this challenging time. 

This is part of a larger commitment from Google to support SMBs, health organizations and governments, and health workers on the front line of this global pandemic.

For more information and how to apply


Destination Northern Ontario (DNO) values the importance of our industry and recognizes the contribution that each business and organization makes to the tourism sector.

To help us move forward with key elements such as communication, outreach, research and partnership activities, we would like your feedback. We kindly request that you take a moment to answer the following questions.

This survey will take approximately 1-2 minutes to complete and can be found  HERE.

Thank you for your continued support!

Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance for Small Businesses
(CMHC) On April 24th, 2020 the Government of Canada announced additional details on the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) for small businesses that have been most affected by COVID-19.

CECRA will provide forgivable loans to qualifying commercial property owners to cover 50 per cent of three monthly rent payments that are payable by eligible small business tenants who are experiencing financial hardship during April, May and June.


WSPS COVID-19 Resources

(WSPS) The COVID-19 pandemic is creating unique challenges for businesses and individuals around the world.  The Workplace Safety & Prevention Services has several resources for businesses including a pandemic recovery-return to business checklist  and links to useful sites with a wide range of up-to-date content. 

The WSPS is also hosting a series of Virtual Safety Connection Sessions. This virtual forum provides you with an opportunity to connect, exchange ideas and share best practices in workplace health and safety from the comfort of your own home. 
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ADAPT 2020 - A Webinar Series for Tourism

(TEN) - Tourism Excellence North (TEN) has put together a series of webinars, designed to support businesses and communities within Northern Ontario's tourism industry through COVID-19. TEN is working to provide resources and connections for today and the future

The webinar series kicked off on April 28th, 2020 and will be continuing throughout the month of May. 

To see past webinar recordings 

To register for an upcoming webinar 

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