The Community Economic Development Commission Municipal Accommodation Tax Fund (CEDC MAT Fund) consists of tax revenues collected annually by the City of Thunder Bay through the administration of the Municipal Accommodation Tax (MAT).

The MAT is levied on short-term hotel, motel and other commercial establishment stays in the City of Thunder Bay, at a rate of 4%. The Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Commission (CEDC) utilizes 50% of this tax revenue to support continued tourism growth by providing funding through two funding streams.

Funding Streams

  1. The CEDC MAT Event Fund provides financial support to events that demonstrate a capacity to attract out of town visitors and generate overnight stays in Thunder Bay. Events may include sport championships and tournaments, cultural shows, music concerts, festivals, meetings, conventions and other gatherings attracting visitors.
  2. The CEDC MAT Product Development Fund provides support for the enhancement of existing, or creation of new: business products, facilities and infrastructure that will result in a measurable improvement to the tourism experiences and opportunities in Thunder Bay.

The CEDC accepts applications year-round. In order to receive timely funding approval applicants are encouraged to apply 90-days prior to events and project start dates requiring less than $50,000, and 120 days prior to events requiring funding greater than $50,000.  


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