Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency supports tourism industry to help maintain local jobs and come back strong
“From the Cabot Trail to the Bay of Fundy, the beaches of Cavendish to the mountains of Gros Morne, it’s not hard to see why visitors are drawn to Atlantic Canada. Yet our tourism industry and those whose livelihoods depend on it has been hit hard by COVID-19, and we stand with them. Our message is clear: we’ve been here for you with immediate measures, we’re here for you now as our economy reopens and we’ll get through this together and come back strong.”
-The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for ACOA
“Communities and businesses across Atlantic Canada are working feverishly to make the most of this tourism season. I’m pleased that ACOA is working with the tourism industry to support communities and operators at this critical time. Today’s announcement will support 79 important projects that will protect jobs and help businesses move forward with local tourism opportunities, while ensuring the industry is prepared to welcome visitors to Atlantic Canada as soon as it is safe to do so.”
- René Arseneault, Member of Parliament for Madawaska-Restigouche and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages (ACOA and Official Languages)
The funding announced today is provided through various ACOA programs, which support projects that promote sustainable community economic development, enhance the development and growth of businesses and facilitate innovation.
ACOA is investing $9 million to support 69 tourism projects across the four Atlantic provinces.
ACOA is also contributing more than $2.4 million to support ten initiatives with nine destination development and marketing organizations in Atlantic Canada to promote, grow and support tourism in their city, region or experience sector.
On May 31, Minister Joly announced that over the next 18 months, Destination Canada, Canada’s national tourism marketing organization, will invest $30 million in provincial marketing organizations (PMOs), which will be matched by provinces and territories, to deliver locally-led marketing programs.
Atlantic Canada’s $4.5 million share of Destination Canada funding is being distributed as follows: $500,000 for Prince Edward Island; $1 million each for New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador; and $2 million for Nova Scotia.
- Backgrounder: ACOA investments support destination development and marketing organizations across Atlantic Canada
- Backgrounder: ACOA investments support jobs, growth and tourism opportunities in New Brunswick
- Backgrounder: ACOA investments support jobs, growth and tourism opportunities in Nova Scotia
- Backgrounder: ACOA investments support jobs, growth and tourism opportunities in Prince Edward Island
- Backgrounder: ACOA investments support jobs, growth and tourism opportunities in Newfoundland and Labrador
- Destination Canada’s unprecedented partnership with the Provinces gives Canadian communities the lift they need
- Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan
- Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF)
- Prime Minister announces additional support for small businesses
- Prime Minister announces support for small businesses facing impacts of COVID 19
- Prime Minister announces more support for workers and businesses through Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan
- Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
· To find out more about our programs and services, please visit the ACOA website
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