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.  

Current and Past Funding Recipients
2023

 

 U21 Northern Ontario Provincial Championship
This provincial curling championship was for men and women curlers age 21 or under. This four-day event featured teams from across Northern Ontario, with the two winning teams advancing to the Canadian (U21) Junior Curling Championship. 
 U14 Ontario Cup Provincial Championships
U14 ON Cup Provincial ChampionshipsThis event is a provincial skiing championship for ages 12-13, occurring at Loch Lomond Ski Area and Mount Baldy Ski Area. 
 Nordiq Canada Ski Nationals 2023
Nordiq Canada Ski NationalsThis event is the highest level of cross-country skiing in the Canadian racing ski calendar for senior, junior, and Para-Nordic skiers as they compete to be the national champion. 
 Provincial Aspire Dive Meet
Provincial Aspire Dive MeetThe provincial aspire dive meet brought coaches and families from 10 dive clubs across Ontario to compete on any skill level. 
 Country on the Bay 2023
The event is a four-day country music festival which was held at Fort William Historical Park. 
 All Ontario U13 AAA Hockey Championship
The annual provincial championship features the top 6 U13 AAA Teams in the province plus a host team. The 6 teams represent HNO, NOHA, HEO, GTHL, Alliance, and OHF and are the winners of those leagues and/or branches.
 Martial Arts and Health Expo 2023
The Martial Arts and Health Expo is an international event that attracts participants for a weekend of seminars, black belt gradings, and social/cultural activities at Lakehead University
 Urban Fishery
 
 Thunder Bay Climbing Guide
 
 Community-College-University Exposition (C2U) Expo
Community-College-University Exposition (C2U) ExpoC2U Expo is Canada’s leading conference on community-based research (CBR) and community-campus engagement. 
 BrewHa Festival 2023
BrewHa incorporated a broader-focus festival with food, drink, a marketplace and live entertainment.
 Wake the Giant 2023
Wake the Giant is an introduction to Thunder Bay for students coming to Thunder Bay from isolated communities. The orientation week is filled with workshops, skill development and culminates in a music festival.

XTERRA Thunder Bay

XTERRA Sleeping Giant was first hosted in 2014 at Sleeping Giant Provincial Park on the Sibley Peninsula.  XTERRA Sleeping Giant’s premier event is the Full Distance Triathlon. This consists of a 1.5 km swim, 26 km mountain bike and a 10 km run. This event will have 28 qualifying spots to the XTERRA World Championships in Italy up for grabs.

Buskers Festival 
The Buskers Festival offered a diverse range of performances featuring circus skills, daredevil stunts, and awe-inspiring feats, there's something to appeal to everyone at this renowned event.

Vox Popular Media Arts Festival

The event presented regional, Canadian, and International films as well as local music and visual artists. 

Festival of India/Colours

The event showcased traditional Indian and Bollywood dances, music, east Indian cuisine, exhibits, children’s activities, chariot parade, Indian bazaar, colour throwing and interactive dances.

Canadian National Disc Golf Championship

The CNDGC is Canada’s marquee disc golf event. It is a convergence of players from from Victoria to Charlottetown & St. John’s to Yellowknife in order to crown our sport’s national champions. Event rights are formally delegated by the Canadian Disc Golf Association (”CanDiscGolf”) on behalf of the PDGA Canada. 
WBSC Women’s World Baseball Championship
The event brought the world’s best women’s baseball players to Thunder Bay. 
Fort William Country Club Centennial Year Invitational 
The 100th year celebration offered a signature tournament attracting competition from the region. 
FireCon
The event provided critical regional training and programming for firefighters and emergency first responders for municipalities, unincorporated territories and First Nations in Northwestern Ontario. 
Shuniah Forty Miner

This event provided a two-day mountain bike festival and race. 

Central Canada Resource Expo

The event is a tradeshow and conference that promotes mining, forestry, construction, and energy sectors within Northwestern Ontario. 

Digital Transformation Conference

Digital Transformation ConferenceThe Digital Transformation Conference (DTC) is the largest tech conference between Toronto and Calgary. 
AMCO 38th Convention and Tradeshow

This event is an Ontario Airport’s Conference, beginning with a golf tournament and dinner followed by two days of speakers and a tradeshow.

Aviation Flight Management 50th Reunion

The Aviation Flight Management program celebrated 50th years with the reunion offering a meet and greet, open house, and gala. 

PEO Student Conference 

The Professional Engineers of Ontario student conference (PEO) brought together 100 of Ontario’s students to partake in three days of professional and personal development sessions centered around graduation and moving into the industry. 

Robin’s Minor Hockey Classic 2024
Robin’s Minor Hockey Classic 2024In its 31st year, this major tournament hosted by Port Arthur Minor Hockey Association boasts 128 teams, including entries from across Northwestern Ontario, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan.
Prosperity Northwest 2024

Prosperity Northwest 2024The Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Anishnawbe Business Professional Association and Nishnawbe Aski Development Fund hosted a conference and trade show designed to foster growth opportunities, form new connections and promote upcoming business opportunities in the region.

Thunder Bay Queens Northern Boreal Select Series 2024

The showcase series offers two weekends Jan 12-14 and Feb 9-11 with teams competing from Winnipeg, Kenora, Ft. Frances and Minnesota promoting women’s hockey within the City of Thunder Bay.

Snowday on the Waterfront 2024
Snowday on the Waterfront 2024Snowday on the Waterfront brings people together to celebrate all that is winter. Elevating the experience further, the installation of temporary public art snow sculptures created by artists and community groups helps transform the winter event into an open-air art gallery. 
Can-Am Cup

Can-Am CupThis tournament featured 8 U15AAA hockey teams from Canada and the US. Teams will come from Winnipeg, MB, Pilot Mound, MB, Sault St. Marie, ON, Edina, MN, Maple Grove, MN, Hermantown, MN, and Osseo, MN.

 2022
 Magnus Theatre – The Next Stage

CEDC Tourism Development Fund presenting cheque to Magnus Theatre

The Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Commission (CEDC) and Tourism Thunder Bay are pleased to provide $150,000 in funding support to Magnus Theatre – The Next Stage through the CEDC Tourism Development Fund. 

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 International Wushu Festival & National Championships
The championship showcases martial arts routines with and without weapons apparatus as well as combative component testing. The event determined who will represent Canada at International events in 2023-2023. 
 UBC National Apprenticeship Competition


CEDC Tourism Development Fund presenting cheque to UBC National Apprenticeship CompetitionCEDC Tourism Development Fund provides $30,750 in funding support from the Tourism Development Fund for the 2022 UBC National Apprenticeship Competition.

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 Silver Islet Harbour Association (SIHA) – Marina Enhancement


CEDC Tourism Development Fund presenting cheque to Silver Islet Harbour AssociationCEDC Tourism Development Fund provides $30,000 to the Silver Islet Harbour Association

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 Country on the Bay
The event is a four day country music festival which was held at Fort William Historical Park. The inaugural event took place in July 2022. 

 Splish Splash Water Park

 
CEDC Tourism Development Fund presenting cheque to Splish Splash Water ParkCEDC Tourism Development Fund provides $30,000 to the Splish Splash Water Park

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StrEATery

CEDC Tourism Development Fund provides $41,500 to The StreateryCEDC Tourism Development Fund presenting cheque to Thunder Bay Streatery

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 Martial Arts and Health Expo


CEDC Tourism Development Fund presenting cheque to Martial Arts and Health ExpoCEDC Tourism Development Fund provides $4,000 in funding support for the 2022 Martial Arts and Health Expo.

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Northern Ontario Senior Curling Championship
The event occurred April 2022 with the winner of the men’s and women’s Senior Curling Championship advanced to the national championship.  
 High Noon 24 Hr Trail Race and Relay


CEDC Tourism Development Fund presenting cheque to High Noon 24 Trail Race and RelayCEDC Tourism Development FUND provides $5,000 to the high noon 24hr trail race & relay

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 Thunder City Speedway Grand Opening Invitational
The invitational event occurred in June 2022 and marked the official grand opening of the Thunder City Speedway racing facility. 
 Northern Ontario Disc Golf Championship
The event is a Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA) sanctioned A-tier tournament open to both professional and amateur players. Players visited three disc golf courses as part of the competition. 
 Lappe Ski Centre Enhancement
The project includes accessibility improves to the chalet which will allow the facility to host larger events.
 WTRCAT Waterfront Multi-Use Trail Extension Impact Study
The study will provide key information for decision making in regards to a multi-use trail along the city’s waterfront. 
 Wake the Giant Music Festival

CEDC Tourism Development Fund presenting cheque to Wake the Giant Music FestivalCEDC Tourism Development Fund provides $50,000 in funding support to the Wake the Giant Music Festival 2022

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 Live on the Waterfront
The free performance series occurs over July and August at Marina Park showcasing Canadian performers locally and nationally. 
 Festival of India
The event showcased traditional Indian and Bollywood dances, music, east Indian cuisine, exhibits, children’s activities, chariot parade, Indian bazaar, colour throwing and interactive dances in July 2022. 
Vox Popular Media Arts Festival
The event presents regional, Canadian, and International films as well as local music and visual artists. 
Shuniah Forty Miner

CEDC Tourism Development Fund presenting cheque to Shuniah Forty MinerCEDC Tourism Development Fund provides $10,100 in funding support from the CEDC Tourism Development Fund to the Shuniah Forty Miner.  

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Digital Transformation Conference


CEDC Tourism Development Fund presenting cheque to the Digital Transformation ConferenceCEDC Tourism Development Fund provides $10,000 in funding support to the Digital Transformation Conference (DTC)

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ThunderCon
The event is a two-day fan convention that celebrates pop culture and fosters a community of growth and inclusion. 
132nd Annual CLE Family Fair
The annual family fair is a five day event that is the largest fair in Northwestern Ontario, providing rides, carnival eats, games, and entertainment. 
Baseball Friendship Series
The event included a five game baseball series between US and Canada women’s national teams. 
Central Canada Resource Expo
The event is a tradeshow and conference that promotes mining, forestry, construction, and energy sectors within Northwestern Ontario. 
FireCon
The event provides critical regional training and programming for firefighters and emergency first responders for municipalities, unincorporated territories and First Nations in Northwestern Ontario. 
Provincial Cross Country Running Championship
The Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Commission (CEDC) and Tourism Thunder Bay are please to provide $6,000 in funding support from the CEDC Tourism Development Fund to the OCAA Cross Country Running Championship 2022. Read More...
Northern Ontario Tourism Summit
The conference is a partnership between Nature and Outdoor Tourism Ontario (NOTO) and Destination Northern Ontario (DNO) to bring together tourism businesses, organizations, suppliers, and levels of government to a single event to find solutions to challenges facing the industry.
AETS Land Based Programming Professional Development Conference
The conference strives to enhance the engagement and retention of Indigenous students at the elementary and secondary levels through Indigenous education, the Anishinaabe journey, program principles, and successful delivery components. 
The Director's Circle: A Celebration of 50 Years of Magnus Theatre
The event is a three day celebration of Magnus Theatre and its history within Thunder Bay and on the national stage. 
EDCO Regional Event 2022
The conference is a full day professional development day for economic development professionals in the region to learn, grow their networks, and understand economic opportunities in Northern Ontario.  
Pool 6 Best Use Study
The study proposes to determine the highest and best use of the Pool 6 property at Prince Arthur’s Landing. 
2023 LSSD Ontario Cup #2
The event is part of an Ontario series presented by Cross Country Ski Ontario (XCSO), sanctioned by Nordiq Canada (NC) for participants to race and rank in the national system. 
Prosperity Northwest 2023
The Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Commission (CEDC) and Tourism Thunder Bay are please to provide $10,000 in funding support from the CEDC Tourism Development Fund to Prosperity Northwest 2023. Read More...

 

 2021
 Blacksheep Mountain Bike Club – Trowbridge Master Plan Development

CEDC Tourism Development Fund presenting cheque to Blacksheep Mountain Bike ClubCEDC MAT Fund provides Blacksheep Mountain Bike Club with $250,000 in support of the Trowbridge Forest Master Plan

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 Great Lakes Waterfront Trail Expansion Feasibility Study
The project includes development of a 761km trail between Sault Ste. Marie, Thunder Bay to the Pigeon River border crossing. 
Kam River Fighting Walleye

CEDC Tourism Development Fund presenting cheque to Kam River Fighting WalleyeCEDC MAT Fund provides the Kam River Fighting Walleye with $2,500

 

 Goods & Co. Market

 

CEDC Tourism Development Fund presenting cheque to Goods & Co

CEDC MAT Fund provides Goods & Co. Market with $130,000

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 Lakehead Transportation Museum Society
The project aims to increase connectivity along the waterfront by increasing accessibility to the Alexander Henry ship in the form of a ramp. 
 Thunder Bay & Area Food Strategy

CEDC Tourism Development Fund presenting cheque to the Thunder Bay and Area Food StrategyCEDC MAT Fund provides the Thunder Bay & Area Food Strategy with over $40,000 to promote local food sector 

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 Check-In Canada
The project includes establishing a visual database of accommodations and attractions in Thunder Bay. 
 Northern Ontario Disc Golf Championship
The event is a Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA) sanctioned A-tier tournament open to both professional and amateur players. Players visited three disc golf courses as part of the competition.
 Wake the Giant Music Festival

CEDC MAT Fund makes a $50,000 in principle contribution to the 2021 Wake the Giant Music Festival

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 Silver Islet General Store

 

CEDC Tourism Development Fund presenting cheque to Silver Islet General Store

CEDC MAT Fund provides the Silver Islet General Store with $48,000

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 Science North – Visitor Experience Design Study

 

CEDC Tourism Development Fund presenting cheque to Science North

CEDC Tourism Development Fund provides $250,000 to Science North

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 Female Boarder Coalition
The project is a year round indoor skateboarding park in the Cinema 5 location offering open skating, equipment rental, venue rental and programming. 

 

 2020
  • U16 Ontario Alpine Championships
  • Friends of Chippewa 100th Anniversary Family Festival
  • Ontario Winter Games 2024
 2019
  • Scotties Tournament of Hearts
  • Blacksheep Mountain Bike Club - Trowbridge Master Plan
  • Ontario Cup Cross Country Ski Races
  • Canadian Lighthouses of Lake Superior – Strategic Plan
 Other Funding Programs

Experience Ontario  
Experience Ontario 2024 provides support for festivals and events with a tourism economic impact to motivate visitors to discover Ontario, connect people with local experiences, and increase tourism spending.

Event Development Grant 
Supports event organizers with start-up costs associated with hosting or bidding for new and inaugural events as well as international, national, provincial, and regional championships.

Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) 
The Community Enhancement Program is designed to help build strong and resilient Northern communities through infrastructure investments, to upgrade/repair existing assets to improve community quality of life, economic development infrastructure, and strategic economic development initiatives. 

The Cultural Supports Program is designed to help showcase Northern Ontario culture, geography, and talent through event partnerships and the production of films and television series.

The Invest North Program is designed to boost economic growth in Northern Ontario by encouraging businesses to invest in transformative strategic and complementary business development opportunities in Northern communities. The program will support productivity, innovation, business competitiveness, revenue growth, export capacity development, job creation, and retention.

The People and Talent Program is designed to attract, retain, and develop Northern Ontario’s workforce.


FedNor
The Regional Economic Growth through Innovation (REGI) two common streams of programming to help entrepreneurs start and grow businesses and create the conditions for the development of strong, dynamic and inclusive regional innovation ecosystems across the country.

The Northern Ontario Development Program (NODP) FedNor invests in projects led by municipalities, First Nations, and other organizations and institutions that support community economic development, diversification, job creation and self-reliant communities in Northern Ontario.

The Economic Development Initiative (EDI) provides financial support to projects that encourage economic diversification, business development, innovation, partnerships and increased support for small- and medium-sized enterprises in official language minority communities (OLMCs).

The Tourism Growth Program (TGP) in Northern Ontario to support Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities, small and medium-sized businesses and not-for-profit organizations in developing local tourism products and experiences.

Enabling Accessibility Fund 
Provides funding for projects that make Canadian communities and workplaces more accessible for persons with disabilities.

Ontario Trillium Foundation 
Supports non-profit organizations.

Starter Company Plus
For businesses in Thunder Bay or Northwestern Ontario that is looking to start-up, expand, or buy an existing business.

Economic Development Fund 
For members of the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce to provide direct financial assistance toward specific initiatives that support the growth or strengthening of small businesses in Thunder Bay.

Downtown & Core Area Improvement Grants  
Provides grants for eligible construction and/or restoration projects in the downtown and core areas through the Strategic Core Area Community Improvement Plan.

Canada Digital Adoption Program (CDAP) 
Supports small and medium sized enterprises adopt digital technologies to increase their competitiveness.

*Updated December 4th, 2023

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