In B.C. Tourism, park-use fees waived for fishing, hunting, rafting, heli-skiing

Published on : Thursday, January 20, 2022

As the operators of B.C. tourism hang around to see if they can keep away from losing a third summer of business to the restrictions imposed due to COVID-19, the B.C. government is providing yet another program that would help them with fixed costs like provincial property tax and park permits.

Melanie Mark, the Tourism Minister, stated that the $15 million program follows a recommendation from the tourism industry of the province to help with their fixed costs and help them surviving financially through this challenging time. Until Feb. 14th, applications are open and funds are probably to be oversubscribed as has been the case with other pandemic aid programs.

Eligibility is in three categories. The first one is for B.C.-owned hotels and accommodations, employing over 150. They will be entitled for grants of up to 25 per cent of their property taxes, to a maximum of $500,000.

Secondly, indigenous-owned large accommodation providers on reserve lands can also apply to have up to 100 per cent of their B.C. Eligible businesses include hotels, strata hotels, motels, resorts and lodges.

The third stream comprises commercial recreation businesses with provincial park use permits, with fees waived to $200,000. Tourism businesses with tenures under B.C.’s Land Act or permits under the Park Act, including wildlife viewing, fishing, hunting, mountaineering, horseback riding, off-road vehicle touring, whitewater rafting and heli-skiing may be eligible, side by side with campgrounds and outdoor recreation parks that offer activities such as waterslides and ziplines.

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