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As the only provincial organization with a dedicated commitment to growing food tourism, the depth of our expertise is unmatched. We are respected for our work in strategic experiential development, the unique networking opportunities we provide and the lasting partnerships we create.

Our dedicated staff are influencers. We are committed to supporting the development of world class food tourism destinations. We want you to be part of that story at home and beyond. Join us and help create a dynamic, delicious Ontario.

As of 2012, there are multiple levels of membership available at the CTA, as well as an ‘a la carte’ menu of services provided to both members and non-members.


Become a member of the Culinary Tourism Alliance and assist us in advancing culinary tourism in Ontario. Some of the benefits include:

  • Customizable destination profile page
  • 4 weeks of homepage, big box ad space
  • Full year of Rotating badge ad space
  • Opportunity to provide sponsored content
  • Discount on consulting services – Save 20%!
  • Membership Newsletter ft. unique opportunities
  • Representation for you and your stakeholders to media, consumers & government
  • Representation within TIAC, TIAO and the UNWTO including the Gastronomic Tourism Network
  • Online webinars for your members
  • Eligibility to serve on the Board of Directors
  • Memberships valued at $10,000 receive complimentary workshop hosted by the CTA in their home region.

Have questions? Get in touch with our Community Manager!

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We are influencers in the world of food and tourism. Have your story be part of the collective food identity for the province.


The Culinary Tourism Alliance is Ontario and Canada’s voice for Food Tourism through strategic partnership and authoritative trusted advocacy. Members benefit from the CTA’s strong ties with the Ontario and federal governments. Our membership base has allowed us to, collectively, make some pretty incredible strides in Ontario. Some of the most significant work the CTA has accomplished include:

  • Successful implementation of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sports 2005-2015 Ontario Culinary Tourism StrategyDevelopment of a framework for the facilitation of direct connections between growers/producers and the hospitality sectors through our Forums on Food Tourism
  • Expanded food tourism experiences through strategic development work with destinations across Ontario
  • Establishment of the consumer website, including the Culinary Explorer and Calendar of Events
  • Development of the Experience Assessment Tool that supports Food Tourism Development market readiness
  • Provided input on the Local Food Act and worked to ensure is top of mind in future developments
  • Active involvement with the Food Integrity Committee, the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario, the Tourism Industry Association of Canada, the United Nations World Tourism Organization and the Ocean Wise Advisory Committee

“If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.” —Henry Ford


Our membership is made up forward-thinking Destination Marketing Organizations, Sector Organizations, Educational Institutions, Good Food Groups and Regional Tourism Organizations. Partnership fees are based on annual budget.

Annual Budget of up to $500,000 : $1000+HST/per year
Annual Budget of $500K – $1 Million : $2500+HST/per year
Annual Budget of $1 Million – $1.75 Million : $5000+HST/per year
Annual Budget of $1.75 Million – $2.5 Million : $7500+HST/per year
Annual Budget over $2.5 Million : $10,000+HST/per year
Colleges & Universities : $500+HST/per year

Our governance model requires Directors to be members of the organization. Individuals can join the CTA to serve on the Board of Directors and make an impact. Fee is $100/year.


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