Whether you are an individual, a start-up or an established small business or non-profit organization, there can be many challenges and barriers to bringing a new tourism idea, experience or partnership to fruition.
We want to help. The "Spark" Program will match selected candidates with a tourism mentor and provide seed funds to help take their new tourism ideas to the next level of development.
> 2SLGBTQI+ (N. Ontario) - Application Intake Now CLosed
> Bruce County (Round 5) - Application Intake Now Closed
> Simcoe County (Round 2) - Application Intake Now Closed
> Haldimand County (Round 2) - Application Intake Now Closed
> Ontario's Southwest Black Tourism - Application Intake Now Closed
> Vaughan (Round 2) - Launching Dec 6
> Indigenous Tourism (Round 4) - Launching Dec
> Indigenous Tourism Skode Program (Round 3) - 2023 Winners
> Peterborough & the Kawarthas (Round 2) - 2023 Winners
Stay tuned for updates on other Ontario regions!
2022 “Spark" Program Regions:
> 2SLGBTQI+ (S. Ontario) - 2022 Winners
> Bruce County (Round 4) - 2022 Winners
> Guelph - 2022 Winners
> Middlesex County - 2022 Winners
> Northwest Ontario (Round 2) - 2022 Winners
> Vaughan - 2022 Winners
> Haldimand County - 2022 Winners
> Indigenous Tourism (Round 2) - 2022 Winners
> Norfolk County - 2022 Winners
> Peterborough & the Kawarthas - 2022 Winners
> Simcoe County - 2022 Winners
2021 “Spark" Program Regions:
> Akwesasne, Cornwall & SDG Counties (Round 2) - 2021 Winners
> Algoma Country - 2021 Winners
> Bruce County (Round 3) - 2021 Winners
> Chatham-Kent (Round 2) - 2021 Winners
> Indigenous Tourism - 2021 Winners
> London - 2021 Winners
> Northern ON (Special Edition) - 2021 Winners
> Oxford County - 2021 Winners
> St. Lawrence College - Special Student Edition
> Windsor Essex (Round 2) - 2021 Winners
2018-2020 “Spark" Program Regions:
> Bay of Quinte - 2020 Winners
> Bruce County - 2019 Winners
> Bruce County (Round 2) - 2020 Winners
> Chatham-Kent - 2020 Winners
> Cornwall & SDG Counties - 2020 Winners
> Northeastern ON - 2019 Winners
> Northwest ON - 2020 Winners
> Sarnia-Lambton - 2020 Winners
> Windsor Essex - 2018 Winners
The "Spark" Program includes:
Selected applicants will receive:
All program applicants are invited to join our "Spark" community of tourism innovators, idea makers, partners and supporters for special networking events, one-on-one's, and development workshops.
Be inspired! Udderly Ridiculous launched farm life tourism experiences in Oxford County.
Be Inspired! iSUP Saugeen launched a mobile surf shop, water safety awareness programs and on-water experiences in Bruce County.
Be Inspired! Lavender Fox launched year-round nature retreats and experiences in Simcoe County.
Be inspired! Curveball Creative developed a new projection art experience called "Love Text" in London.
Be inspired! Walnut Grove B&B is developing curated local wine and culinary experiences in Essex County.
Interested in launching the "Spark" Program in your region?
Interested in being a mentor and supporting start-up tourism initiatives?
Please contact Justin Lafontaine, Program Lead at firstname.lastname@example.org or 416-712-8819 for more information.
Learn more about the Tourism Innovation Lab