Province launches new Ontario Tourism and Travel Small Business support grant

Published on May 13, 2021
[HURON-BRUCE] — The Ontario government is providing one‐time payments of between $10,000 and $20,000...


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NEWS                                                               May 13, 2021

 
The Ontario government is providing one‐time payments of between $10,000 and $20,000 to support eligible small tourism and travel businesses struggling to recover from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic through the new $100-million Ontario Tourism and Travel Small Business Support Grant.

The launch of the program was announced Thursday by Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries.

The grant will support eligible small tourism and travel businesses that did not receive the Ontario Small Business Support Grant (OSBSG), such as travel agents, hotels, motels, resorts, and bed and breakfasts. To qualify, businesses must have fewer than 100 employees and demonstrate they have experienced a minimum 20 per cent revenue decline between 2019 and 2020.

“I have heard from small tourism and travel businesses across the riding about how hard their industry has been hit during the pandemic,” said Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson. “And as a result, I have been pushing hard for this grant program to be launched. I strongly encourage all qualifying businesses to apply for the funding."

Thompson added that the provincial government is ready "to deliver payments to the tourism businesses that have faced revenue loss, building on the fee relief provided to travel agents and wholesalers earlier in the pandemic, This substantial grant will support their bottom line and help them until we can once again enjoy travel with friends and family.”

As announced in the 2021 Budget, Ontario is investing more than $400 million over the next three years in new initiatives to support tourism, hospitality, culture, sport and recreation sectors. This builds on investments of $225 million announced earlier, bringing the total support for these sectors to more than $625 million since the pandemic began.

“Prior to the pandemic, Ontario’s tourism generated more than $36 billion in economic activity and supported more than 400,000 jobs across the province,” said Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries. “Our government is working with small businesses to overcome the challenges of the past year – through programs like the Ontario Tourism and Travel Small Business Support Grant – and help the tourism industry reclaim its place as an economic powerhouse and key job creator in our province.”

Small business owners can use the grant in whatever way makes the most sense for their business. Applications for this grant will close on Friday, June 25, 2021.

Quick Facts

  • For information on eligibilty and how to apply, go to: www.ontario.ca/covidsupport.
  • Tourism‐related industries experienced a total combined loss of 141,000 jobs between February 2020 and April 2021.
  • The 2021 Budget, Ontario’s Action Plan: Protecting People’s Health and Our Economy, brings total investments to $16.3 billion to protect people’s health and $23.3 billion to protect the provincial economy. Ontario’s COVID-19 action plan support now totals $51 billion.
  • The new Ontario Tourism and Travel Small Business Support Grant, which provides $100 million to help small businesses recover from the pandemic, is part of Ontario’s 2021 Budget.


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Media contact: Jack Sullivan