Below are a number of organizations that are grouped into various segments that generally make up the Tourism Industry in Ontario.

There are a few Federal organizations that are integral to the hierarchy. The links provided on this page are some of the more streamlined Tourism organizations that are good resource for businesses and consumers alike. 

Canadian Tourism Commission

The Canadian Tourism Commission was formed in 1995. The Canadian Tourism Commission Act was assented to in October 2000, which made the Commission a special operating agency.  The change in legal status was meant to give the Commission more flexibility and freedom to partner with the tourism industry and the federal government to sustain a vibrant national tourism industry. 

For more on the Commission read the: Canadian Tourism Commission Act

Ontario Ministry of Tourism and Culture

This ministry oversees the activities and accountabilities of attractions and agencies that promote tourism, economic growth and job creation and offer a wide range of educational, recreational, cultural and entertainment programs.

Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources

The tourism industry in Ontario interacts on a continuous basis with the Ministry of Natural Resources. The Ministry of Natural Resources is working to promote healthy, sustainable ecosystems and to conserve biodiversity. Tourism in Northern Ontario is largely nature based and MNR provides support and guidance in many respects that allows nature based tourism to take place without adversely affecting the natural resources of the province.

Tourism Agencies

Destination Ontario (formerly Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation)

The Destination Ontario's mission is to grow Ontario’s tourism sector year-round by stimulating increased consumer spending and visits, and by generating greater partnership participation. The Corporation works strategically, proactively and collaboratively with the tourism industry to market Ontario’s tourism experiences, and leverage multi-year marketing opportunities and investments in key markets.

Planning your Trip to Ontario

This website is quite comprehensive with an excellent site map that provides essential information with regards to things to do, family fun, places to go, travel tools and resources.

Planning your Trip to Northern Ontario

Northern Ontario Web Portal

This web portal is the OTMPC's consumer marketing site specifically geared to market northern Ontario. It is driven by northerners. A very good source of information if you are looking to tap into the vast nature and outdoor tourism offered in this region.

Northern Ontario - Ontario Canada's Great Outdoors

Another portal geared for marketing Northern Ontario. Essential information on main activities base are highlighted. is a comprehensive directory of all things fun, exciting and interesting in Ontario. Targeted at Ontario residents and visitors alike, it is a well-organized site filled with useful information.


Travel Associations


Haliburton Highlands

Ottawa Valley

Kawartha Region

Northumberland County

Ontario East

Informational Links

The Great Ontario Outdoor Adventure

Fishing Trips – Go Fish Ontario

Regional Tourism Organization 13


Industry Associations and Representatives



Travel Industry Association of Canada (TIAC)

Travel Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO)

Canadian Federation of Outfitter Association (CFOA)


Ontario Restaurant Hotel and Motel Association

Ontario Accommodation Association

Hotel Association of Canada

Activities Associations

Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters

ATV Ontario

Boating Ontario

Camping in Ontario

Paddling Ontario – Canoe and Kayak Adventure Ontario

Hike Ontario

Ontario Cycling Association

Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs

Resorts of Ontario

Ontario Parks

Human Resource Development

Canadian Tourism Human Resource Council

Ontario Tourism Education Corporation

Tourism and Hospitality Programs 

College Tourism and Hospitality Programs

University Tourism and Hospitality Programs

International Organizations

World Travel and Tourism Council

World Tourism Organization UNWTO


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