Let’s boost tourism together.

Central Counties Tourism received a non-repayable contribution of $8 million from the Government of Canada through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), to deliver the Tourism Relief Fund to tourism businesses in York, Durham and Headwaters.

Applications for funding are now open!

Deadline: May 15, 2022

How Does this Work?

Successful applicants will be eligible for up to $100,000 in funding for projects that enhance tourism experiences; help tourism businesses adapt to the “new normal,” modernize their offerings and help the sector adopt more environmentally sustainable and inclusive practices.

All applications will be evaluated by the Central Counties Tourism Partnership Committee and CCT Staff. The criteria for success are bound by the rules that govern the Tourism Relief Fund

Application deadline is May 15th, 2022. Funds must be spent by December 31st, 2022

We encourage all stakeholders to apply now.

Step 1

Determine your eligibility. The funding is limited to incorporated entities that currently have a role to play in the local visitor economy with certain exclusions.

Step 2

Review program and federal priorities to determine the types of projects your organization can develop and execute that will build tourism capacity and grow the visitor economy. Browse ideas that we’ve put together for you.


We highly recommend that you complete the Tourism Ambassador Program, an e-learning course available through the Central Counties LearningLab. This is NOT a requirement and you will still qualify for funding if you do not complete this step.

Step 4

Complete the application form, where you will be asked to provide a project overview, and details about how you expect to increase capacity and/or contribute to the visitor economy.