Southwest Nova Scotia will benefit from improved offerings to help the tourism sector recover and attract visitors in the region

News release

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The Government of Canada continues to support the tourism sector for a strong recovery and future growth.

June 1, 2022 · Digby, Nova Scotia · Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)

Canada has much to offer the world as travel continues to safely resume: breathtaking landscapes and wide open spaces; diverse and inclusive experiences; and welcoming people from coast to coast to coast who provide outstanding service. Combined with a strong focus on health and safety and high COVID-19 vaccination rates, Canada is among the most alluring and smartest destination choices for visitors.

The pandemic has had an undeniable impact on Canada’s tourism sector. The Government of Canada has helped keep tourism businesses open and the Tourism Relief Fund will help them be even better positioned to welcome back guests.

Today, the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Official Languages and Minister responsible for ACOA, announced total investments of $954,850 for five projects through the Tourism Relief Fund (TRF) in Southwest Nova Scotia.

For the full list of projects, please see backgrounder.

Launched in July 2021, the Tourism Relief Fund (TRF) 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 TRF is administered by Canada’s regional development agencies (RDAs) and Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED).

Quotes

“As we celebrate Tourism Week in Canada, we’re acknowledging the resilience and determination of our tourism sector. As the economy reopens and people begin travelling again, we’re proud to support tourism businesses and organizations in the Southwest region of Nova Scotia. Today’s announcement is an important step in the recovery effort that will allow visitors to discover the world-class tourism experiences Atlantic Canada has to offer.”

-      The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Official Languages and Minister responsible for ACOA

“The Canadian tourism sector continues to be one of the most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. We are fully committed to supporting businesses and organizations through these challenging times, keeping safety as the top priority while ensuring they get support to quickly recover, innovate their products and services, and thrive. The Tourism Relief Fund will help businesses adapt, make improvements, and be ready to welcome back guests. It also feeds into a broader strategy to help the sector survive the pandemic, recover and grow. The Canadian economy will not fully recover until our tourism sector recovers.”

-      The Honourable Randy Boissonnault, Minister of Tourism and Associate Minister of Finance

“These organizations offer opportunities to engage with the natural beauty and bounty of the area, whether it’s by providing quality accommodations, serving delicious local seafood dishes or showing visitors the vast beauty of the region. I am proud to be part of a government that invests in making unique spaces like these more accessible and more sustainable.”

-      Kody Blois, Member of Parliament for Kings-Hants

Quick facts

  • 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 underrepresented groups like women, students, racialized people, and Indigenous populations.

  • With a national budget of $500 million, including $485 million for regional priorities administered by Canada’s Regional Development Agencies (RDAs) and $15 million for national priorities administered by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, the Tourism Relief Fund is part of the billion dollars in tourism support announced in Budget 2021

  • A minimum of $50 million of the fund’s budget has been earmarked for Indigenous tourism projects. Indigenous communities that rely heavily on tourism have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic.

  • $48.5 million from the Tourism Relief Fund has been allocated to ACOA to administer the fund in the Atlantic region.

  • Tourism Week in Canada is May 29 to June 4, 2022.

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Contacts

Marianne Blondin
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Official Languages and of the
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
Marianne.Blondin@acoa-apeca.gc.ca

Lauren Sinclair
Communications Director
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
782-6416-365
Lauren.Sinclair@acoa-apeca.gc.ca

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