Up to $1.25 Million Available for Indigenous Tourism Enhancement 

The Signature Indigenous Tourism Experiences Stream (SITES) aims to bolster Indigenous tourism by funding projects that serve as pivotal tourism experiences. By anchoring other tourism-related businesses and offerings, these projects will foster the development of tourism destinations.

The program seeks to increase the supply of Indigenous tourism offerings, attracting high-yield international tourists interested in cultural experiences. Ultimately, this growth in the tourism sector will not only boost revenue for Indigenous businesses but also stimulate economic growth by nurturing networks of smaller, locally-owned businesses. Moreover, SITES aligns with the Government of Canada's reconciliation efforts with Indigenous Peoples.

Funding INformation

SITES, a component of the Indigenous Tourism Fund, has allocated $10 million in non-repayable contributions for the 2024–2025 period. Funding for selected projects will range from $500,000 to $1.25 million.

Priority for funding will be given to projects that:

Can anchor a tourism destination
Focus on key tourism experiences in Indigenous communities with demonstrated results
Attract overnight visitors who spend substantially
Develop and enhance a network of tourism sites centered around key features
Secure additional funding from non-federal sources to ensure robust project sustainability and risk-sharing
Showcase the unique cultural heritage of Indigenous communities internationally, positioning Canada as a premier destination for cultural tourism
Eligibility Criteria


Eligible Applicants: Only Nova Scotia-based municipalities and villages may apply for this program. 

Eligible Activities: 

  • Water supply
  • Sewage disposal
  • Solid waste management
  • Priority is given to projects addressing critical capacity issues or environmental and health problems, especially collaborative projects or those benefiting larger populations
June 13, 2024, at 11:59 pm

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