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Relief for Tourism Industry

June 13, 2021 - Help is on the way for Ontario’s tourism industry.  The federal government has announced a new Tourism Relief Fund to support the embattled sector as it prepares to welcome back domestic travellers and re-position Canada as a world class destination. 

The $500-million national fund is designed to help businesses and organizations adapt their operations to meet public health requirements while investing in products and services to facilitate future growth. 

“Tourism is a cornerstone of our regional economy,” said Simcoe-Grey MPP Jim Wilson.  “I look forward to seeing local operators benefit from this program as they adapt their operations and develop new experiences for future visitors to enjoy.”

Tourism is a key economic driver in Ontario.  In 2018, the industry supported more than 390,000 jobs and generated over $36 billion of economic activity for the province.

The Tourism Relief Fund will provide eligible businesses with non-repayable contributions of up to $100,000 for up to 50 percent of eligible costs; or fully repayable contributions up to $500,000 for up to 75 percent of eligible costs.

Eligible applicants include tourism businesses and organizations that cater mainly to visitors, including Indigenous organizations and cooperatives.   To be considered, applicants must meet at least one of the following criteria:

-     Be a key supplier or operator in the visitor experience; 

-     Be part of a defines tourism cluster or a tourism dependent community, including supporting downtown cores; or

-     Provide an anchor product or service in a tourism destination.

The Tourism Relief Fund is administered by FedDev Ontario.  For more details on eligibility criteria, please consult the Application guide.

Applications are available here.

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