The Community Economic Development Commission Tourism Development Fund (CEDC Tourism Development Fund, formerly known as the  CEDC MAT Fund) is supported by tax revenues collected quarterly by the City of Thunder Bay through the administration of the Municipal Accommodation Tax (MAT).

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The MAT is levied on short-term stays 30 days or less at hotel, motel and other accommodation properties in the City of Thunder Bay, at a rate of 4%. The Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Commission (CEDC) administers 50% of this tax revenue to support continued tourism growth and development by providing funding through two funding streams.

Funding Streams

  1. The CEDC Tourism Event Fund provides financial support to tourism events that demonstrate a capacity to attract out of town visitors and generate overnight stays at accommodation properties collecting the Municipal Accommodation Tax in Thunder Bay. A tourism event may include sport championships and tournaments, cultural shows, music concerts, festivals, meetings, conventions and other gatherings attracting out-of-town visitors for overnight stays.

  2. The CEDC Tourism Product Development Fund provides support for projects that enhance existing, or create new business products, facilities and infrastructure that will result in a measurable improvement to the tourism experiences and opportunities to attract visitors to Thunder Bay. All projects must show broader community impact to the tourism and hospitality industry and should not solely increase the benefit to one organization.

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.  

Funding Recipients
  • Magnus Theatre – The Next Stage
  • International Wushu Festival & National Championships
  • UBC National Apprenticeship Competition
  • Silver Islet Harbour Association (SIHA) – Marina Enhancement
  • Country on the Bay
  • Splish Splash Water Park
  • StrEATery
  • Martial Arts and Health Expo
  • Northern Ontario Senior Curling Championship
  • High Noon 24 Hr Trail Race and Relay
  • Blacksheep Mountain Bike Club – Trowbridge Master Plan Development
  • Superior Country - Great Lakes Waterfront Trail
  • Goods & Co. Market
  • Lakehead Transportation Museum Society
  • Thunder Bay & Area Food Strategy
  • Check-In Canada
  • Northern Ontario Disc Golf Championship
  • Wake the Giant Music Festival
  • Silver Islet General Store
  • Science North – Visitor Experience Design Study
  • Female Boarder Coalition
  • U16 Ontario Alpine Championships
  • Friends of Chippewa 100th Anniversary Family Festival
  • Ontario Winter Games 2024
  • Scotties Tournament of Hearts
  • Blacksheep Mountain Bike Club - Trowbridge Master Plan
  • Ontario Cup Cross Country Ski Races
  • Canadian Lighthouses of Lake Superior – Strategic Plan

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The CEDC MAT Fund has been rebranded as the CEDC Tourism Development Fund.

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