Budget includes support for tourism

by Editorial Staff | March 25, 2021
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Hunting, fishing, and recreational camps that may not have been eligible for the Ontario Small Business Support Grant may be able to apply for a second round that will pay between $10,000 and $20,000, the province announced as part of the 2021 budget.

Approximately 120,000 small businesses, including motels and hotels, will automatically benefit from an additional $1.7 billion in relief in the form of grants, bringing the estimated total support provided through the grant to $3.4 billion, officials stated on Wednesday, March 24.

$400M pledged

The second round of the one-time grant is part of a new $400 million investment over the next three years to support jobs in the province’s tourism, hospitality, and culture industries that have been devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The proposals build on previously-announced investments of $225 million, the province stated.

As part of the budget, the government also announced it is also investing $2.8 billion in broadband internet – it has committed a total of $4 billion to the effort over six years, starting in 2019-20.

Click here to read more about new northern Ontario support programs announced in February. Click here and here to read more about how the pandemic has impacted Ontario outdoors tourism.

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