TIAO is taking the lead on a sustainable tourism initiative to progress sustainability across the province, support Ontario in becoming the most sustainable province by partnering with GreenStep Solutions - the only Canadian-based organization to offer Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC)-Recognized certification standards and assessment tools for the entire tourism industry, to create the Advancing Sustainable Tourism in Ontario project, a province-wide sustainable tourism initiative, to achieve Destination Certification for Tourism Regions 1-11 in Ontario.
This project uses the GreenStep Sustainable Tourism Destination Standard (GSTDS), to enable tourism destinations to assess their sustainability performance through a 117-question assessment, covering the four key categories: Management, Social and Economic, Natural and Cultural, and Environmental.
This assessment will establish a baseline to show areas of strength and opportunities for improvement. Following the destination assessment, a Sustainability Action Plan will be developed for each tourism region with short, medium and long-term timeframes, guiding the tourism regions on their regenerative and sustainable tourism journey.
Achieving Tourism Destination Certification for 11 Tourism Regions across Ontario
Tourism Regions demonstrate regional leadership by making a public commitment via ST2030 Pledge
Engage 250+ industry stakeholders to sign and complete the Sustainable Tourism 2030 Pledge requirements
ST 2030 Pledge Webinar for Ontario Businesses/DMOs
To further educate the industry on the benefits of measuring sustainability performance, GreenStep will be hosting monthly webinars, from January through March, to provide information to tourism businesses and DMOs on the Sustainable Tourism 2030 Pledge.
Webinar dates and registration links are listed below: