Resort Municipality Initiative (RMI)

The Resort Municipality Initiative (RMI) is a provincially funded program that supports small, tourism-based municipalities to build and diversify their tourism infrastructure, deliver exceptional visitor experiences and incorporate sustainable tourism practices and products. Many resort municipalities have a small tax base and the demands of tourism activity often strain the resources available to provide infrastructure and event programming. The RMI program allows resort municipalities to dedicate funding to improving tourism-based infrastructure and amenities to attract more visitors and encourage longer stays.

The City of Fernie is one of 14 resort municipalities that receives funding through the RMI program. As a requirement of the program, the City has developed a Resort Development Strategy to guide the allocation of RMI funding. A limited amount of funding will be made available to the public each year to support opportunities that will improve the toursim economy. 

2019-2021 Resort Development Strategy

Fall 2019 and Winter 2020 - RMI Festival & Event Funding 

Applications are now being accepted for the Fall 2019 and Winter 2020 RMI Festival & Event Funding.

This funding program will assist community organizations with the cost of developing and hosting festivals and events being held in Fall 2019 or Winter 2020 that impact local tourism. Applicants must be able to demonstrate financial need and how the proposed festival or event will have a positive impact on the Fernie and Area tourism economy. 

Applications can be brought to City Hall, 501 -3rd Avenue or sent to cityhall@fernie.ca . The deadline to apply is June 7, 2019 at 4:00 pm. 

Fall 2019 & Winter 2020 Application 

RMI Festival, Event Program Guideline