JULY 2017 

Headwaters Tourism social campaign focuses on all the #realsons to visit in 2017

This year Headwaters Tourism is asking visitors, residents and businesses to tell us about what makes Headwaters special. We want to hear about the hidden places, the best food, the amazing people, the best events and everything that makes Headwaters a great place to visit.

We know that you have your favourites and we want to hear about them. For 2017 we're calling these favourites the #realsons that Headwaters is truly where Ontario gets real!

We're asking you to share your photos and videos about Headwaters on social media by tagging them with #realsons.

In our 2017 Headwaters Four-Season Visitors' Guide we identified over 170 #realsons, but we know there are thousands. Help us share the best of real Headwaters with the rest of the world. We'll keep the list and you can help by sending us your favourites as #realsons. Let's see if we can top 1,000.

Register now - 10th Annual Headwaters Stable Tour

Can you believe 2017 will be our 10th Headwaters Stable Tour?

Now is the time for equine industry businesses, stables, and event facilities to register for this year's 10th anniversary tour and take advantage of showcasing your business as part of the award-winning Headwaters region.

Deadline for registration: August 18th, 2017 

Nominations open - Ontario Tourism Awards
The Ontario Tourism Awards of Excellence celebrate success by recognizing organizations and individuals that have made outstanding contributions to Ontario's tourism industry. These awards acknowledge achievements in business growth and innovation, travel media and tourism marketing, culinary tourism and popular attractions.

REVISED deadline for submissions:  July 14, 2017

John Telfer, Shelburne's CAO/Clerk, announces retirement

On June 27th, 2017 the Town of Shelburne announced the retirement of long time CAO/Clerk, John Telfer. After 14 years of service with the Town of Shelburne, Council accepted his letter of resignation effective August 4, 2017.

John Telfer has been a strong advocate for Headwaters Tourism, serving on its Board of Directors for many years. A stalwart proponent of regionalism and collaboration, John has been a champion for tourism as a significant driver in the economy of Shelburne and indeed the entire Headwaters region.

Join us in wishing John well in his retirement!

Full details on John's storied career with the Town of Shelburne-->>
Culinary Tourism Alliance promotes the perfect weekend in Headwa

The Culinary Tourism Alliance, as part of its Perfect Weekend campaign, is promoting some of the finest culinary establishments in Headwaters. 

It's hard to imagine a more beautiful spot that is so close to the big city lights, but feels so far. Caledon is an area nestled in the rolling hills of Headwaters. It's basically the space between Brampton and Orangeville; and includes one of our favorite tiny towns: Belfountain. 
Home to a myriad of pretty provincial parks, hiking trails and hidden gems - you're sure to find your next Perfect Weekend in Headwaters.
Hats On Dufferin well on the way 
The latest count shows HatsOnDufferin has surpassed the 500 hats mark reaching a total of 649 completed hats. With this mark exceeded, HatsOnDufferin has taken an important step closer to meeting its goal. Founded in 2016, HatsOnDufferin is a non-profit organization whose goal is to ensure that every child, person, and family within Dufferin County has a hat to keep warm this winter.
Headwaters Tourism celebrates Canada and amphitheatre opening at Island Lake Conservation Area 
Headwaters Tourism's Board Chair (Stacey Coupland) and Executive Director (Michele Harris) joined dignitaries from across the region at Island Lake Conservation Area on July 1st to celebrate Canada 150 and join in the ribbon cutting of the new amphitheatre.     
Ontario to introduce Ticket Sales Act  

The Ticket Sales Act will be introduced in the fall and, if passed, would prevent excessive markups in the resale market, provide fans with more upfront information and prevent ticket fraud, while strengthening enforcement of Ontario's ticket laws.

Province introduces new framework for retirement security 

The province is implementing a new framework for target benefit multi-employer pension plans that will help ensure these plans are healthy and sustainable over the long term. The new framework will replace the time-limited funding regulations currently in place for specified Ontario multi-employer pension plans (SOMEPPs).  The changes would provide these plans with a permanent exemption from funding on a solvency basis while also:

Important: provide feedback on changes to the Employment Standards Act  
Are you concerned about changes to minimum wage and the Employment Standards Act? Make your voice heard!  Proposed amendments to the Employment Standards Act and Labour Relations Act (now collectively referred to as the  Fair Wages, Better Jobs Act, 2017) are now being reviewed by the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs. 

Culture Days registration & participation guide    
Registration is now open for the 8th annual Culture Days taking place on September 29, 30 and October 1, 2017!  Register during the Spring Registration Promotion for a chance to be one of five activity organizers from across the country chosen to shine in the Culture Days spotlight this summer. The Spring promotion includes:
  • A Culture 365 feature blog profile all about you and your activity
  • A feature in this newsletter
  • A roll out of your feature blog profile across all Culture Days social media channels
Register now-->>

Celebrate Canada with MyOntario 

Share your stories - the places, memories, photos, artifacts, artworks and traditions that inspire you, that motivate you and help define who you are. Be the province's storytellers, record keepers, historians and visionaries! 
Opportunities for businesses to work with TIAO and TIAC  
Joining a provincial and national industry associations helps a business compete and grow while also enabling the association to convince governments to change the policies and regulations that impact our industry. The Tourism Industry Association of Canada and the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario have simultaneously launched the Plus TIAC and Plus TIAO programs, aimed at small and medium-sized operators looking to become a member of either organization.


Mark your calendar - Heritage Day 2018 
During the week of February 19, 2018, Canadians are encouraged to celebrate Heritage Day 2018 and its theme: Heritage Stands the Test of Time. In celebration of our past and our future, the theme is designed to inspire Canadians to embrace, explore and enjoy our enduring heritage.

Learn more-->> 

Travel Industry Review Act Phase 2 

On June 23rd, the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services released its report on Phase 2 of the Travel Industry Act, 2002 review. Within the report are several proposed changes, which the Ministry is seeking feedback on over the next 30 days.


Rural Ontario Institute releases 2016/17 annual report 
The ROI annual report provides an overview of the work that ROI staff, partners and collaborators have dedicated their time to over the last fiscal year.

Read the report-->>    
Nominations now open for Dufferin Business Excellence Awards 
The Dufferin Board of Trade (DBOT) is pleased to announce that nominations are now open for the 2017 Business Excellence Awards (BEAs).

Submission deadline:  July 15, 2017

Nominate a deserving candidate now-->>

HollyFest Exhibitor Opportunities 
A boutique holiday festive showcase for local artisans, specialty retailers, designers and craftspeople. Taking place November 3rd to 5th, 2017 at the Caledon Community Complex. Opportunities for exhibitors now available.

Exhibitor information-->>

OMAFRA RED funding program - intake #2
The province, through the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, will be accepting applications for the second intake of the renewed RED program from July 31st to September 29th, 2017. The program is designed to bolsters economic growth in rural and Indigenous communities across Ontario by providing support for projects that allow rural municipalities and partners to diversify and grow their local economies.

Submission deadline (intake #2):  September 29, 2017 

Find out more-->> 


New Celebration of the Arts event kicks off Culture Days - nominations now open for Arts and Culture Awards

The new Celebration of the Arts free evening event kicks off Culture Days in Orangeville on September 28, 2017 as Canada celebrates Culture Days from September 29 to October 1. The Celebration of the Arts event replaces the annual Mayor's Breakfast for the Arts held by the Town for the last seven years.

The Town is currently seeking nominations for the arts and culture awards. 

Read on for more details-->

Thank you to all our Leading with the Best partners who work in partnership with us to help promote Headwaters as Ontario's premier rural tourism destination. 
If you are actively engaged in the tourism industry in Headwaters and are looking to expand your marketing reach, we encourage you to consider our  Leading with the Best program. Businesses that take part in our program are promoted as leading tourism experiences to consumers and become part of our targeted and featured promotions in Headwaters through our digital and social media platforms. 
Call or email our Leading With the Best Program Manager, Stephany St.Louis, to get more information on how Headwaters Tourism can market your business to tourists.


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Tourism businesses who are interested in distributing copies of the Headwaters road map or the 2017 edition of our award-winning Four-Season Visitors' Guide should contact Headwaters Tourism directly to obtain copies.    




Let us know about your events and newsworthy happenings so that we can help promote all that makes the Headwaters region special.


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