Funding & Partnership Opportunities

Video Series - Regional Tourism Relief Fund Success Stories

The Ontario’s Highlands Tourism Organization (OHTO) is pleased to announce the launch of the video series Regional Tourism Relief Fund Success Stories, to celebrate the innovation, resilience and success of local recipients of the Regional Tourism Relief Fund - Ontario's Highlands.

OHTO aims to foster a tourism industry community, one where industry members can rely on one another and promote a mutual agenda: to create the very best, most successful, and vibrant tourism region in Ontario. This series will highlight this tourism industry community and the incredible people that champion it with their passion and leadership.

Over the next 3 months the 8-episode series will be released. Each video features a recipient sharing their unique journey and the project they completed with funds from the Regional Tourism Relief Fund.

January Release - Inspiration to Start Your Year

Woodland Priestess
Woodland Priestess, an indigenous tourism operator in the County of Frontenac that was directly supported by Indigenous Tourism Ontario Tourism Relief Fund. With support from the grant owner Tawny Stowe was able to expand her business to include two authentic Mongolian yurts to host courses, retreats and wellness sessions for her visitors.


Hastings Destination Trails
Viewers will be taken for a paddle along the York River with Hastings Destination Trails Inc. in Hastings County. With the financial support of the RTRF, the volunteer board and partners at Hastings Destination Trails have worked collaboratively to develop water trails in their county that can be easily and responsibly accesses by visitors. A special thanks to Cedar Ridge Camp and Ontario Trails Council for their contributions to this video and project.


Hummingbird Chocolate Maker
Watching chocolate being made at Hummingbird Chocolate Maker will have you running to Almonte in Lanark County for a tour and chocolate bar of your own. They put the RTRF funds towards the their visitor-centric chocolate factory that also boasts a cafe and retail shop.

Video Production by Ben Hemmings Media.

About the Regional Tourism Relief Fund - Ontario's Highlands
In October 2022, Ontario’s Highlands Tourism Organization (OHTO) announced support for 61 tourism businesses and organizations in Ontario’s Highlands to recover from the pandemic and prepare for future growth. Ontario’s Highlands Tourism Organization received $3.67 million through the Government of Canada’s Tourism Relief Fund, delivered by the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), to help local tourism organizations and businesses safely welcome back visitors, recover from the impacts of the pandemic, create jobs and prepare for future growth.

For information on all projects receiving supports, please see the backgrounder.

About FedDev Ontario
For 13 years, the Government of Canada, through FedDev Ontario, has worked to advance and diversify the southern Ontario economy through funding opportunities and business services that support innovation, growth and job creation in Canada’s most populous region. The Agency has delivered impressive results, which can be seen in southern Ontario businesses that are creating innovative technologies, improving productivity, growing revenues, creating jobs, and in the economic advancement of communities across the region. Learn more about the impacts the Agency is having in southern Ontario by exploring our pivotal projects, our Southern Ontario Spotlight, and FedDev Ontario’s Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

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