Prince Edward Island tourism operators will benefit from modernized offerings to help the sector recover and attract visitors to the region

News release

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

June 2, 2022 · Alberton, Prince Edward Island · 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 Gudie Hutchings, Minister of Rural Economic Development and Member of Parliament for Long Range Mountains, announced total investments of over $180,000 for four projects through the Tourism Relief Fund (TRF) in Prince Edward Island. The announcement was made on behalf of the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Official Languages and Minister responsible for ACOA.

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 Prince Edward Island. 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

“From culinary experiences to accommodations, tourism operators and organizations in PEI have shown tremendous strength and determination in the face of unprecedented challenges. Their drive to maintain jobs and business in the province has played a large role in PEI’s economic recovery. This support will further help them provide quality service to PEI’s many visitors.”
- Honourable Gudie Hutchings, Minister of Rural Economic Development and Member of Parliament for Long Range Mountains

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

Michael Critchley
Senior Communications Officer
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
michael.critchley@acoa-apeca.gc.ca

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