Ontario wants to pay you a vacation

Ontario wants to pay you a vacation

In its annual budget tabled Thursday, the government of Doug Ford pledged to provide Ontarians with assistance of up to 20% of their eligible expenses for tourism in the province.

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Émilie Pelletier Local Journalism Initiative – Le Droit The Ford government wants to pay part of the expenses of Ontarians when they travel in the provinces.

In its annual budget tabled Thursday, the Ontario government pledged to provide Ontarians with assistance of up to 20% of their eligible spending for tourism in the province.

The goal is to encourage people to “discover Ontario safely in 2021, the year of vacation home in Ontario.”

Tourism is one of the key sectors that will allow the province to revive its economy, says the government.

“The magnificence of Niagara Falls. The splendor of the North. The breathtaking attractions of Ottawa, capital of the best country in the world. It's a safe bet that the tourist, whoever he is, will find what he is looking for in Ontario ”, one can read in the budget of 2020-2021 of the Minister of Finance Rod Phillips.

While this is not yet a done deal, Phillips said his government is exploring ways to provide this tax credit to Ontarians.

Ontario wants to pay you a vacation

Ontario Minister of Finance Rod Phillips The Canadian Press

The government has set aside $ 150 million for this initiative.

“In addition to the health sector, the pandemic first hit the tourism sector; we have been hit hardest and likely will be for the longest time, said Ottawa Tourism president and CEO Michael Crockatt. The recovery seems to be very far away for the travel, tourism, hospitality and culture sectors. While there is still work to be done, we are pleased that the government is implementing some programs that we believe will help sustain jobs, businesses and visitor spending. ”

The province is committed to investing 100 million in “new dollars” over a two-year period for the Community Futures Fund to support community organizations in the tourism, culture and sport sectors to help them in the context of the pandemic.

In August, the government of Doug Ford invested $ 1.5 million for the Economic Development and Tourism Recovery Fund to support projects that aim to stimulate the industry.

Details of the initiative will be the subject of stakeholder consultations, the finance ministry said.

An update will be announced later.

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