Tourism Training Fund

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The goals of the fund are to:

  • Increase the number of skilled and certified people working across various tourism sectors;
  • Retain tourism workers by supporting their access to training opportunities critical for job satisfaction and labour market competitiveness;
  • Develop tourism workers in the NWT who are professional and offer safe services at a world-class level;
  • Support training which increases opportunities for tourism workers to diversify their income; and
  • Develop capacity and long-term sustainability in tourism sectors, where tourism operators retain a workforce trained to meet their needs entrepreneurs.

Funding Available

  • Individual Application: maximum funding per application is $3,000.
  • Business or Group Application: maximum funding per application is $6,000.
  • Please review the guidelines for more information about funding requirements.
  • Equity requirement of 25%
  • Equity requirement of 50% if training is a “refresher” or a recertification for training that expires after a set period of time


Applications are currently Open. Cutoff deadline is May 22, 2024.

If there is funding left over a second intake will occur in the fall.



  1. Must be a resident of the NWT
  2. Hold a valid NWT Tourism Operator License
  3. Non-GNWT Visitor Information Centres
  4. NWT accommodations sector employers or employees


  1. Businesses, not-for-profit tourism associations or organizations engaged in the tourism sector in the NWT. Formal volunteers (e.g. festival or event) can be considered under group funding.
  2. A group of individuals from various NWT tourism businesses collaborating for training

Individuals or businesses in the aviation industry are not eligible for this program.


Eligible Training

Training must be short, formal courses or workshops, less than 12 weeks in duration and not eligible under Employment Insurance (EI) training funding. Courses can be either:

  • in-person courses or workshops or
  • distance education such as online courses,
  • or a combination of in-person and distance education

Training outside of Canada will not be considered. Please review the TTF Guidelines below for a list of ineligible training.

How to apply

  1. Complete an application form
  2. Submit the application to your regional ITI office.

Applications must be submitted by the intake deadline that is prior to the training start date. Applications for training already completed will not be considered.