Tourism Restart Investment Program (TRIP)

This program is not currently accepting applications.

The Tourism Restart Investment Program (TRIP) has been updated for delivery in 2022-23 to support tourism operators as they continue their operations and activities following the COVID-19 pandemic. Through a renewed partnership between the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT), Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment (ITI) and the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor), the remaining funding envelop is $128,668.

These funds are meant to stimulate the tourism industry by supporting licensed tourism operators, operating within the territory, by investing in:

  • marketing and promotions
  • reopening maintenance
  • recruitment and training

Who is Eligible?

  • A tourism operator with a valid tourism operator licence (TOL)
  • Ineligible applicants include:

    • Tourism operators that have defaulted on a Business Development and Investment Corporation loan or with overdue receivables that have been transferred to the Financial Reporting and Collection division of the Department of Finance at the time of applying to TRIP.
    • Tourism Operators who have already accessed $22,500 from the TRIP Program.
    • Related parties with overdue receivables will also be considered when determining a Tourism Operator’s eligibility for funding.


The maximum contribution for a successful applicant in TRIP is $22,500.

TRIP will contribute up to 90% of the value of eligible costs up to $22,500. The applicant must contribute cash equity of 10%.  They may not include sweat equity or in-kind contributions.



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Priority Areas

The following schedules outline what TRIP funding can be used for. Applicants may apply to more than one schedule. The following list is not exhaustive and all expenses submitted with an application will be reviewed.

Schedule 1: Marketing and Promotion

  • Production costs associated with preparing new and/or revised marketing materials for Canadian (domestic) and international audiences
    • Website development
    • Ecommerce and online booking systems
    • Digital experiences
    • Promotional materials (e.g. digital, print)

Schedule 2: Reopening Operations 

  • Reopening maintenance:
    • Fuel costs (e.g., gas, oil, propane, cord wood, wood pellets); and
    • Shipping costs (includes shipping supplies or transporting staff by charter, no clients).
  • Safety equipment (e.g., personal protective equipment, hand sanitizer, COVID‑19 reduction barriers).
  • Restart costs:
    • Equipment maintenance;
    • Liability insurance; and
    • Business licence.
  • For lodge owners only: 50 percent cost for one round-trip charter flight or a maximum of $7,500 (whichever is less)

Schedule 3: Recruitment and Training 

  • Recruitment-related costs (e.g., head-hunters, advertising costs, travel costs for employees such as flight, gas and accommodation).
  • Short-term training opportunities for tourism employees to gain new skills or to upgrade skills and assist tourism businesses in the NWT to support and encourage a well-trained tourism labour force.  Training related to safety protocols for the delivery of tourism activities will be prioritized.
    • Course registrations.
    • Course materials.
    • Travel (accommodation and flights only)
  • Non-NWT resident owners of an NWT tourism business may claim only course fees and course materials as eligible training costs.
  • Other factors:
    • Training outside of the community or territory will not be funded if equal training opportunities exist within the applicant’s community of residence or within the NWT and are offered within the same fiscal year;
    • Tourism operators may not apply to Tourism Training Fund and to TRIP for the same training request; and,
    • Training outside of Canada will not be considered.

It is mandatory that the applicant identify and use NWT goods and services to support local employment and community economies.  Costs that cannot be committed locally or in the NWT, must be clearly identified and explained in the application.  Priority will be given to those applicants using NWT goods and services.

How to Apply

Application forms are available online at 

See deadline for applications above.

Applicants should submit a completed application form to their regional ITI Tourism Development Officer, along with the required supporting documentation outlined above.

Required Documents

Applicants are required to complete:

  • an application form,
  • a one-page description of how the funding will be used,
  • budget (itemized),
  • relevant supporting documents which may include, but not be limited to:  
    • quotes (e.g. goods)
    • estimates (e.g. consultants or contractors)

It is mandatory that the applicant prioritize the use of NWT goods, services and construction to support local employment and community economies. Costs, including quotes that cannot be committed locally or in the NWT, must be clearly identified and explained in the application. 

ITI may follow up with the applicant to request additional information before the application is reviewed by the evaluation committee.