Partnership Program & Funding Resources

Funding Resources


The Tourism Development Fund

Supports projects that encourage three key streams: tourism investment, tourism product development and industry capacity building.


The Celebrate Ontario Blockbuster Program
Provides project-based funding to new or existing Ontario events to enhance programs, activities and services and support innovations that will lead to long-term improvements, sustainability and the attraction of additional tourists.


Canada-Ontario Job Grant

A company’s most valuable asset can be its employees. If you’re looking for employee training support, the Canada-Ontario Job Grant might be for you. OTEC has become an approved and certified provider for the Canada-Ontario Job Grant program and is available to help businesses access and deliver corporate training programs for the hospitality, tourism, and community development sectors. For more information, contact OTEC Client Services at or by calling 416-622-1975.


Ontario 150 Fund

In 2017, Canada will celebrate its 150th anniversary.  As a founding province, Ontario is joining the celebration with new funding, events and programs. Throughout 2017, Ontario will be supporting events and programs across the province that showcase our diverse communities and encourage Ontarians to get involved and celebrate. Municipalities, community groups and not-for-profit organizations can apply for funding that will create social and cultural legacies through initiatives that support celebration, engagement and innovation in Ontario.


There are three application-based Ontario150 grant programs. They include:

  • Community Capital Program — a $25 million fund to renovate, repair and retrofit existing community and cultural infrastructure to increase access, improve safety and maximize community use (application period opens July 18 and closes September 14, 2016)
  • Partnership Program — a $5 million program to support new partnerships and collaborations that engage, enable and empower youth as the next generation of Ontario leaders (application period opens July 6 and closes September 30, 2016)
  • Community Celebration Program —a $7 million fund to help communities celebrate this historic year (application period opens July 6 and closes September 2, 2016).


To learn more about the programs and how to apply, visit


Canada 150 Fund 

The goal of the Canada 150 Fund is to create opportunities for Canadians to participate in local, regional, and national celebrations that contribute to building a sense of pride and attachment to Canada.  Click here to view a summary sheet of the program or visit the Canada 150 Fund website.


Tourism Industry Partners Program (TIPP) 

The Tourism Industry Partners Program (TIPP) encourages innovative and results-based initiatives that facilitate increased visitation and expenditures from out-of-province visitors. The objectives of the TIPP program are to fund targeted, innovative programs and marketing tactics that directly generate awareness.


If you have any questions regarding the program please contact Nicole Papineau, Partnership Development and Sales Manager, at 416-212-1886 or



Partnership Program


In SWOTC’s current 16/17 fiscal year, the Partnership Program is fully subscriber. Contact Joanne Wolnik at if you would like to work with SWOTC in the future through a Partnership Project.


More on SWOTC Partnership Projects:


Are you interested in working with Southwest Ontario Tourism Corp. (SWOTC)? SWOTC has the opportunity to receive matching funds from Ontario’s Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport (MTCS) for tourism projects and initiatives that align with our organizational priorities. This is a matching funding program, NOT a grant program.


Additional information about the Partnership Program


For more information contact Joanne Wolnik at