2019/20 Partnership Program 
 
Note: RTO7’s offer of the Partnership Program for 2019/20 is contingent upon Ministry of Tourism, Culture & Sport approval of RTO7’s business plan.

Regional Tourism Organization 7 (RTO7) is now accepting applications for the 2019/20 Partnership Program.  In the past, the Ministry of Tourism, Culture & Sport has provided the organization with $336,000 in funding, providing matching dollars can be raised from tourism partners. RTO7 will also contribute additional funds from its base funding towards these partnerships. 

Strong partnerships and a coordinated, collaborative approach to product development, regional planning and marketing are essential to the future sustainability and increased competitiveness of tourism across BruceGreySimcoe.  Partnership projects will support RTO7’s business plan goals of improving profitability and encouraging consideration of the sustainability of tourism within the region.

Partnership Program Guidelines/Applications can be found below.  Applications are now being accepted and will be accepted on an ongoing basis until the relevant application deadlines below or until available funds have been allocated to approved projects (please note it is therefore critical to get your application in as soon as possible!). Note that application approval is based on merit and alignment with RTO7 business goals.  Applications will be reviewed in the order received.  Please anticipate several weeks review time through the early spring period. 
 

Application Deadlines:  
Signage   Sep 28/19
Experience Development Aug 31/19
Note: To ensure sufficient time to complete the project, experience development projects approved and with consultant work underway by August 31/19 will receive 1:1:1 funding; projects underway any later receive 1:1 funding  
Video/Image Production Oct 31/19
Video Advertising Oct 31/19
Storytelling Oct 31/19
Web Portal Development Aug 31/19
French Translation Services Oct 31/19

Project categories/elements are similar to last year with the following changes:
  • Addition of a Sustainable Storytelling category to assist in the dispersal of tourists to areas that have capacity and growth potential
  • The limitation of 3 Partnership projects/partner has been temporarily lifted
  • The addition of enhancement products that will be available free of charge to those partners that are contributing $1000 or more to a current RTO7 Partnership Program and are actively undertaking Sustainable Tourism practices (see Guidelines below for specifics and eligibility)
  • The addition of free analysis of postal codes through the licensed Environics Analytics products to those partners that provide at least 500 patron postal codes 3 or more months in advance of a digital campaign. Sample BruceGreySimcoe report as illustration.
  • Discontinuation of simplified Chinese translation due to lack of engagement results/uptake

If you have any questions or would like to discuss an idea for partnership, please contact partnerships@rto7.ca.
 
Guidelines & Application Forms (if application – or links within application - do not appear onscreen upon clicking, please check your Downloads folder):
              
Tourism Wayfinding (& Cycle) Signage
Digital Advertising
Video Production/Image Production
Image/Video Advertising
Experience Development / Consumer Research/Workforce Development
Storytelling
Web Portal Development
French Translation Services
 
2018/19 Partnership Program Projects
 
Signage Projects
  • Huron-Kinloss Great Lakes Waterfront Trust Trail Signage
  • Grey County Ontario Municipal Commuter Cycling Plan
  • Town of Collingwood Downtown Harbourfront Wayfinding Implementation Ph 1
  • Township of Clearview Trail Signage 

Digital Advertising Projects
  • Town of Wasaga Beach
  • County of Simcoe Cycling
  • Golf BruceGreySimcoe
  • County of Simcoe Paddling
  • Ontario’s Lake Country
  • Fern Resort
  • Simcoe County Winter
  • Snow Valley 

Video Development
  • Town of Kincardine
  • Cranberry Resort (Living Water Resorts)
  • Ontario’s Lake Country
  • Horseshoe Resort
  • Georgian Triangle Tourist Association
  • Scandinave Spa
  • Fern Resort
  • Orillia Museum of Art & History
  • Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance
  • Simcoe County Winter

Image Development
  • The Town of The Blue Mountains
  • Township of Huron-Kinloss
  • Ontario’s Lake Country
  • Fern Resort
  • Springwater Township

Video Advertising
  • Burl’s Creek OK Market
  • Simcoe County Studio Tours
  • Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance

Experience Development
  • Town of Wasaga Beach Tourism Destination Management Plan & Tourism Branding
  • Simcoe County Fishing Development
  • T3 Accelerator
  • Environics Analytics Prizm licensing
  • Saints & Sinners Distillery District Christmas Market
  • Collingwood Downtown Tourism Strategy

2017/18 Partnership Program Projects

Signage Projects
  • City of Orillia Wayfinding Signage
  • County of Bruce Wayfinding Signage
  • Grey Highlands Museum interpretive kiosks
  • Pilgrim Route Signage, Martyrs’ Shrine

Digital Advertising Projects
  • Wasaga Beach Beyond the Beach Campaign
  • Owen Sound Canada 150 Campaign
  • Golf BruceGreySimcoe Campaign
  • Tourism Barrie Winter Fun & School Program
  • Ontario’s Lake Country Campaign

Video Development
  • Blue Mountain Village Association
  • Bruce Peninsula Boat Tours
  • Collingwood Trails
  • Ontario’s Best Butter Tart Festival
  • Kempenfest
  • Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance
  • Ontario’s Lake Country
  • Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain
  • Hardwood Ski & Bike
  • North Simcoe Tourism
  • Horseshoe Resort

Image Development
  • Fishing Island Tours (Bruce Peninsula Boat Tours)
  • Ontario’s Best Butter Tart Festival
  • Ontario’s Lake Country & North Simcoe Tourism
  • North Simcoe Tourism

Video Advertising
  • Eagle Adventures
  • Tourism Barrie
  • Summerfolk
  • Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain
  • Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance
  • Municipality of Meaford

Experience Development
  • Cycle Simcoe Experience Development
  • Municipality of Northern Bruce Peninsula Sustainable Tourism Action Plan
  • County of Simcoe Paddling Experience Development
  • County of Simcoe Fishing Experience Development
  • Barrie & County of Simcoe Music Strategy
  • T3 Workforce Professional Development Strategy 

2016/17 Partnership Program Projects
 
Signage Projects
  • Ontario’s Lake Country Paddling Kiosks
  • Grey County Access Point/Trailhead Signage
  • Bruce County Community Identifier, Directional and Trailblazer Signage
  • Town of Collingwood Harbourfront Wayfinding & Signage Plan

Digital Advertising Projects
  • Westin Blue Mountain/IWA Spa/Apple Pie Trail U.S. Campaign
  • Town of Wasaga Beach Quebec/Ontario Campaign
  • Ontario’s Lake Country Ontario Campaign
  • Tourism Barrie Ontario Campaign

Video Development
  • 365 Sports Group Inc.
  • Concours d’Elegance Inc. (Cobble Beach)
  • Corporation of the Township of Clearview
  • Downtown Orillia Management Board
  • Eagle Adventures
  • Georgian Bay Folk Society
  • Hardwood Ski & Bike
  • Hoity Toity Cellars Inc.
  • IWA Spa
  • Ontario’s Lake Country
  • Red Prince Apples
  • Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain
  • Scenic Caves
  • The Blue Heron Company Limited
  • The Corporation of the County of Simcoe – Art Series
  • The Corporation of the Municipality of Meaford

Image Development
  • Georgian Triangle Tourist Association
  • Ontario’s Lake Country
  • Blue Mountain Village Association
  • The City of Owen Sound
  • Scenic Caves

Product/Experience Development Projects
  • The City of Orillia Tourism Strategic Action Plan
  • The Corporation of the County of Simcoe Cycling Experience Development
  • Burl’s Creek Event Grounds Inc. Festival Production Study Phase Two
  • North Simcoe Tourism (and Ontario’s Lake Country) Tourism Agri-Culinary Action Plan
  • BruceGreySimcoe Annual Conference
  • BruceGreySimcoe Service Excellence Training program
  • Collingwood Centre for Business & Economic Development T3 Professional Development Strategy
  • BruceGreySimcoe Environics Analytics Partnership

Website Portal Projects
  • Blue Mountain Village Association
  • Town of Wasaga Beach

French Translation Projects
  • Georgian Triangle Tourist Association 2017 Guidebook
  • Town of Wasaga Beach website and digital advertising campaign
  • City of Owen Sound 150 Festival

2015/16 Partnership Funding Program Projects
 
Signage Projects
  • Bruce County Community Identifier Signage
  • The Town of The Blue Mountains
  • Simcoe Cycling Trails
  • Municipality of Brockton
  • Grey County – waterfall signage

Digital Marketing Projects
  • Blue Mountain Resort/Scandinave Spa
  • Blue Mountain Resort Winter
  • Bruce County Winter/Motorcycle
  • Ontario’s Lake Country Summer
  • Rendez-Vous Champlain Penetanguishene
  • Tourism Barrie Winter Fun & Schools

Video Development Projects
  • Bruce Wine Bar
  • Ontario Waterway Cruises
  • Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance
  • Cobble Beach Summer (2)
  • Town of South Bruce Peninsula (2)
  • Burl’s Creek Farmer’s Market
  • Ontario’s Lake Country Summer
  • Tourism Barrie Summer (2)
  • Town of Collingwood
  • Meaford Cycling
  • Town of Wasaga Beach

Product/Experience Development Projects
  • Georgian Bay Destination Development Partnership Strategy
  • Boating Ontario Marine Workforce Development Program
  • Simcoe County Cultural Vignettes
  • Ontario’s Lake Country Waterways Assessment
  • Burl’s Creek Festival & Production Surveys
  • Grey County Destination Development Action Plan
  • Grey Highlands Destination Development Plan
  • Town of Innisfil Tourism Strategy
  • BruceGreySimcoe Annual Conference
  • Website Portal Development pilots (3)
  • BruceGreySimcoe Environics Analytics Partnership

2014/15 Partnership Funding Program Projects

Signage Projects

  • Town of Innisfil
  • Bruce County (directional, gateway and community/amenity)
  • Northern Bruce Peninsula (Lion's Head)
  • Township of Huron-Kinloss (Point Clark)
  • Simcoe County Paddling Signage
  • Grey County Tourism & Information Wayfinding Signage Plan

Digital Marketing Projects
  • Township of Clearview
  • Ontario's Lake Country
  • Regional Tourism Marketing Partnership
  • Saugeen Shores
  • Tourism Barrie
  • Blue Mountain Resort

Video Development Projects
  • Town of Collingwood - Cycling & Snow Days
  • Collingwood  BIA - Ice Sculptures
  • Town of Innisfil - Ice Fishing
  • Hope Haven - Horse Therapy & Camp
  • Blue Mountain Village Association - Centurion, Apple Pie Trail & March Break
  • Cobble Beach - Explore Winter & Concours d'Elegance
  • Desiron - Artist at Work
  • Bayview Wildwood Resort - Winter at Bayview Wildwood
  • Municipality of Meaford - A Night Out at Meaford Hall
  • Ontario's Lake  Country - Winter in Ontario's Lake Country
  • Tourism Barrie - Winter Activities & Gear

Experience Development Projects
  • Online Customer Service Training (Bruce, Grey & Simcoe Counties)
  • Thornbury Fish Ladder Experience Development (Thornbury BIA & Town of the Blue Mountains)
  • BruceGreySimcoe Tourism Data Aggregation & Analysis (Bruce, Grey & Simcoe Counties)

2013/14 Partnership Funding Program

A summary of approved 2013/2014 Partnership Funding Projects is available here