Canada govt. pumps in over $4.5million to revive tourism in Northern Ontario

 Monday, January 30, 2023 


In a bid to revive the tourism sector post Covid-19 pandemic, new FedNor investments have been announced totalling $4,571,644 for 27 tourism projects across Northern Ontario.

The Covid-19 pandemic hampered the tourism sector in several countries and Cananda was no exception. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Canada’s tourism sector accounted for over two percent of GDP.

However, the tourism sector was heavily impacted by the pandemic, particularly in Northern Ontario.

That is why the Government of Canada has supported businesses through initiatives like the Tourism Relief Fund, to help the sector to be even better positioned to welcome back guests.

“Northern Ontario provides so many incredible sights and experiences for every season of the year.

Today’s investments of over $4.5 million in FedNor funding will help support 27 tourism-related projects across our region, helping to create and maintain over 140 jobs. Supporting tourism means not only helping to show the world all of the wonders in and around our communities, but also sustaining businesses and jobs, and building the diversity of our economy,” Patty Hajdu, Minister of Indigenous Services and Minister responsible for FedNor stated in a press release.

The investments announced were provided through the Tourism Relief Fund (TRF), with additional support being provided through the Northern Ontario Development Program (NODP) and the Economic Development Initiative (EDI).

“As we move past the acute phase of the pandemic, Canada’s tourism sector is showing strong signs of growth. The Government of Canada’s investments in tourism over the last two years focused on the survival of our visitor economy,” Randy Boissonnault, Minister of Tourism and Associate Minister of Finance said in a press release.

The Tourism Relief Fund was created to help organizations and businesses in the tourism sector adapt their operations to meet public health requirements, offer innovative products and services to visitors and prepare to welcome back travellers.

The tourism sector is a key contributor to the Canadian economy. In 2019, tourism generated over $104 billion in revenue and directly employed 692,000 people, including those in under-represented groups like women, students, racialized peoples, and Indigenous populations.

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