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
 Magnus Theatre – The Next Stage
 CEDC Tourism Development Fund presenting cheque to Magnus Theatre
 International Wushu Festival & National Championships
 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.


 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


 Country on the Bay

 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



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


 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.


Northern Ontario Senior Curling 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


 Thunder City Speedway Grand Opening Invitational
 Northern Ontario Disc Golf Championship
 Mount Baldy Ski Area Enhancement
 Lappe Ski Centre Enhancement
 WTRCAT Waterfront Multi-Use Trail Extension Impact Study
 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


 Live on the Waterfront
 Festival of India
 Franco-Festival 10e edition
 Vox Popular Media Arts Festival
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.  


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)


132nd Annual CLE Family Fair
Baseball Friendship Series
Central Canada Resource Expo
Provincial Cross Country Running Championship
Northern Ontario Tourism Summit
AETS Land Based Programming Professional Development Conference
The Director's Circle: A Celebration of 50 Years of Magnus Theatre


 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


 Superior Country - Great Lakes Waterfront Trail
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


 Lakehead Transportation Museum Society
 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 


 Check-In Canada
 Northern Ontario Disc Golf Championship
 Wake the Giant Music Festival

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


 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


 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
 Other Funding Programs
  • Tourism Relief Fund
    Supports tourism businesses and organizations to adapt their operations to meet public health requirements while investing in products and services to facilitate their future growth.
  • Celebrate Ontario Blockbuster 
    Supports costs related to hosting major one-time events in Ontario, events that do not recur annually or biennially in Ontario, and national or international events in Ontario.
  • 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.
  • Tourism Economic Development and Recovery Fund 
    A cost-sharing program designed to provide non-capital funding to projects that either encourage the development of innovative new tourism products, support tourism investment, or build the capacity of Ontario’s tourism industry. The program also supports innovative tourism recovery projects aimed at increasing tourism within Ontario to address the reduction in global travel as a results of the coronavirus.
  • 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.

  • 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.
  • Thunder Bay Community Improvement Plan (CIP) 
    Provides grants for eligible construction and/or restoration projects in the downtown and core areas through the Strategic Core Area Community Improvement Plan.
  • Business Technology Improvement Fund (BTIF) 
    Supports full-time businesses that have been operating for at least one year in implementing technology improvements such as enhancing websites, social media, business processes, hardware, software, human capital development and technology education, customer relationship management and online service. 
  • Canada Digital Adoption Program (CDAP) 
    Supports small and medium sized enterprises adopt digital technologies to increase their competitiveness.
  • Northern Ontario Women 
    Supports female business owners access professional services

The CEDC Tourism Product Development Fund from Generator on Vimeo.

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


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