Posted on March 29th, 2021 in Tourism & Hospitality

Tourism & Hospitality Ontario Government Programs: Quick Reference

A view looking west along Queen Street, Niagara on the Lake, Ontario, Canada showing the profusion of spring flowers, with the Clock Tower.

The Government of Ontario announced in their recent Budget Update a few supports that will become available in 2021 for the Tourism & Hospitality sectors. Below are links to the newly introduced programs:

Tourism and Hospitality Small Business Support Grant. The new Ontario Tourism and Hospitality Small Business Support Grant provides an estimated $100 million in one‑time payments of $10,000 to $20,000 to eligible small businesses.

Applications are now available until Friday, June 25, 2021. For more details and to apply.

Local Tourism Tax Credit and Tourism Recovery Program. The new $100 million initiative for 2021–22 to help tourism operators, anchor businesses, and attractions recover from the impacts of COVID‑19. This initiative will provide support for historically successful businesses that have helped to drive employment and visitation in their regions by assisting with costs related to restructuring, safe reopening, recalibrated marketing activities and partnership development.

Two New Ontario Government Supports for Alcohol Producers & Local Distilleries:
  1. A one-time $10 million grant in 2021 to help wineries and cideries impacted by lockdown measures, and help ensure that agricultural production and local jobs are maintained in Ontario’s rural communities. It is not clear how the grant will be calculated at this time but we intend to keep this article updated with details and links as they are released.
  2. The government is extending the funding to 2022–23 for the following programs: VQA Wine Support Program ($7.5 million); Small Cidery ($1.8 million) and Small Distillery Support Programs ($0.8 million); and Wine Marketing, Tourism and Export Development; Performance Measurement and Research and Innovation Development Initiatives ($5.3 million). Full details have not yet been released but we intend to update this article once the information is made available.

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