The goals of the program are to:
- Provide the resources necessary to strengthen the tourism industry by developing skills and increasing business knowledge of tourism operators;
- Provide opportunities for NWT tourism business operators to learn and benefit from more experienced tourism operators/professionals;
- Enhance the strength of the tourism industry over the long term by providing resources and opportunities for NWT tourism businesses to learn from experienced professionals; and
- Facilitate knowledge transfer from more experienced professionals to new/younger entrepreneurs.
The Tourism Business Mentorship Program has two delivery options:
Option 1: Face-to-Face Mentorship
Face-to-Face Mentorships allows the Mentor and Mentee to work together on-site at the Mentee’s place of business. Each Mentee will receive a total of three days of in-person on-site mentorship as well as four days of mentorship from a distance using web and/or telephone on a schedule developed to suit their availability.
- Funding will cover costs up to a maximum of $5500 per person.
- All allocations are subject to fund availability
Option 2: Virtual Mentorship
Virtual Mentorships involve the Mentor and the Mentee working together remotely with the use of web and/or telephone technology. Each Mentee will receive 49 hours of virtual mentorship on a schedule developed to suit their availability.
- Funding will cover costs up to a maximum of $2600 per person.
- All allocations are subject to fund availability.
Call for applications normally issued in March with a deadline in April.
Criteria for tourism operators (Mentees) to apply to the program:
- Must be a resident of the NWT.
- Must have a valid Tourism Operator License or be a business, collective or organization that is engaged in the tourism sector.
- Must be legally entitled to be a business in the NWT.
- Business plan would be an asset.
How to apply