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2015-16 Tourism Development Partnership Program

2015-16 Tourism Development Partnership Program


The Ontario’s Highlands Tourism Development Partnership Program (TDPP) is an application based program designed to encourage and support collaborative tourism development initiatives that align with the following regional strategic objectives: 

  • Increase awareness and support for tourism as an economic driver for rural communities.
  • Increase our competitiveness by enhancing the visitor experience
  • Increase the impact of tourism development activities through collaboration with government, businesses and residents.
  • Increase opportunities for stakeholders to develop the skills to meet or exceed industry standards and guest expectations.


The project must benefit the region served by the Ontario’s Highlands Tourism Organization (OHTO). This includes Haliburton County, Lanark County, Renfrew County, North and Central Hastings County, Addington Highlands, and North and Central Frontenac Counties.


Eligible applicants must be a First Nation, county, municipality, or an incorporated for profit or not-for-profit organization that can demonstrate financial and administrative stability.  Ad hoc groups and for profit or not-for-profit organizations that are not incorporated must find a qualified applicant to act as the proponent of the project.


Project activities associated with this partnership program must be completed by March 31, 2016.


As a partner on projects, the OHTO will make available staff resources to provide joint oversight and leadership of the project and match up to 50% of cash contributions the applicant transfers to the OHTO. The level of support will be determined case-by-case, based on the strength of the project and budget available.  Ineligible funding contributed by the applicant for the purposes of matching include: funding acquired from Ontario government programs provided by any provincial agency; in kind-donations, “flow-through” payments, such as those acquired through reservations systems, and any funding associated with capital projects.


To apply to the Ontario’s Highlands Tourism Development Partnership Program, applicants must first discuss their project with the OHTO.  Depending on the outcome of those preliminary discussions, an application form detailing the project, its budget, and all requisite support material may need to be completed.

Projects will be considered throughout the year on a first come first serve basis until the available funds have been fully allocated.  Those interested in this partnership opportunity are encouraged to contact us as soon as possible.

Please contact Stephanie Hessel, Tourism Development Coordinator, for more information: Phone: 1-855-629-6486 or Email  stephanie.hessel@ohto.ca.


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The Ontario's Highlands Tourism Organization (OHTO) is one of 13 Regional Tourism Organizations created by the Ontario government to increase tourism to the province. The OHTO covers a large region in eastern Ontario which includes the counties of Frontenac, Haliburton, Hastings, Lanark, Lennox and Addington, and Renfrew.

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