The wording reads: “Examples of eligible businesses include: hotels, motels, travel agencies, amusement and water parks, hunting and fishing camps, and recreation and vacation camps.” .
He adds: “Details of the application, including a full list of eligible companies, will be available soon.”
He also notes that small businesses that have received the Ontario Small Business Support Grant will not be eligible for the new grant.
In addition to its advocacy work at the federal level, ACTA had also lobbied provincial governments, including Ontario, to support travel agents amid the pandemic.
ACTA President Wendy Paradis told Travelweek: “The fact that the travel agency community is specifically excluded from the much-needed financial support the Ontario government has been very frustrating. After two months of intense lobbying efforts, ACTA is pleased with the news announced in the Ontario Budget of the new Ontario Tourism and Hospitality Small Business Support Grant.
Paradis adds, “This targeted funding will provide approximately $ 100 million in one-time payments of $ 10,000 to $ 20,000 to eligible small businesses. Further details will be available soon and we will ensure that as many travel agencies and travel agencies as possible qualify. “
As Bethlenfalvy outlined details of the Ontario budget, titled “Protecting People’s Health and Our Economy,” at Queen’s Park on March 24, he noted that tourism and hospitality have been particularly hard hit during the pandemic. .
“Some 140,000 jobs in tourism and hospitality were lost between February 2020 and February 2021,” said Bethlenfalvy.
Travelweek will follow this story as more details become available.