Major's Hill Park, view of Parliament, Cycling

Destination Development Fund

Note: Please note that due to the economic impacts of COVID-19 this program has currently been put on hold. Check back regularly for program updates.

If you have an idea that can attract visitors to Ottawa, and you require funding assistance to get your project off the ground, we want to hear from you.

Ottawa Tourism is committed to investing in strategies to improve Ottawa as a destination for visitors. We offer strategic, project-based funding through the Destination Development Fund.

The Destination Development Fund can assist not-for-profit organizations, national and/or provincial industry sector associations, municipalities, and for-profit businesses. The goals are to develop quality tourism products, encourage the competitiveness of our tourism sector organizations, stimulate increased tourist attendance and expenditures, and encourage private sector tourism investment in Ottawa.

This application-based program is designed to encourage and support collaborative tourism development initiatives that align with the following strategic objectives, and that can demonstrate long term benefits to Ottawa and the surrounding region:

  • Create new/innovative destination offering, which will result in increased overnight visitation and positive word-of-mouth;
  • Develop the destination by creating new experiences that will be recurring, permanent and/or make a momentous impact on conversations about Ottawa in our key markets whether through social media or word-of-mouth;
  • Create and enhance our tourism offer to build greater visitor experiences; and
  • Create opportunities to build tourism sector capacity, engagement, collaboration and investment.

For more information on the program’s priority areas, criteria, and application process, visit our Destination Development Fund Applicant Guide. For those ready to apply, please complete and return our Destination Development Fund Application Form.

Ottawa Tourism is currently not accepting applications for this program.

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