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 tbhe 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