FedDev Ontario supports Niagara region’s tourism sector
"Our tourism industry and the 1.8 million Canadians it employs have been hit hard by COVID-19, and we’re here for them. This funding from FedDev Ontario will help Niagara-on-the-Lake and the Shaw Festival continue welcoming visitors, adapt to the new reality and keep supporting the region’s visitor economy. Our message to the Niagara’s tourism sector and those whose livelihoods depend on it 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. We’re working with you to support good, local jobs and help Niagara tourism come back strong.”
- The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario
"From local theatres to world-class wineries, we are supporting the businesses in the Niagara-on-the-Lake tourism sector so they can keep showcasing all they have to offer. The investment in Niagara-on-the-Lake and the Shaw will deliver support directly to local tourism, help the sector adapt and stay resilient."
- Vance Badawey, Member of Parliament for Niagara Centre
"The COVID-19 pandemic has been challenging across all sectors of the economy. Niagara-on-the-Lake's tourism sector is an important part of our local economy here in Niagara and it's essential that the Government of Canada supports our local businesses as they adapt, keep employees and visitors safe, and prepare for a strong recovery."
- Chris Bittle, Member of Parliament for St. Catharines
"We are thrilled with this opportunity to help our business community adjust to changes caused by this pandemic. Supporting the recovery of Niagara-on-the-Lake businesses is a priority for the Town and we are grateful for this partnership and the vital assistance it will provide."
- Sheldon Randall, Interim Chief Administrative Officer, Niagara-on-the-Lake
"On behalf of the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, I would like to thank FedDev Ontario for this contribution. This funding will help to reduce the impacts of COVID-19, and in some cases serve as a life preserver for many local businesses, especially heading into the shoulder season. Thanks to this opportunity, and continued support from the Province, working together, we are confident that Niagara-on-the-Lake will recover stronger than ever."
- Betty Disero, Lord Mayor, Niagara-on-the-Lake
"On behalf of the Shaw Festival, our artists, craftspeople, technicians, volunteers, board and admin workers, we are thrilled to be able to partner with FedDev Ontario to be able to support the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, the Region of Niagara and Tourism NOTL in encouraging a resurgence of safe, outdoor gatherings through a series of musical performance opportunities and a few other surprises. The Shaw will use these funds to provide free and low-cost outdoor performance activities and purchase equipment to ensure the safest possible experience for everyone.”
- Tim Jennings, Executive Director, Shaw Festival
In Ontario, tourism accounts for $39.4 billion of GDP and directly and indirectly supports more than 820,000 jobs.
Niagara-on-the-Lake attracts more than 3 million visitors per year.
The Shaw Festival is a major tourist attraction in Niagara-on-the-Lake, drawing more than 250,000 festival-goers and generating over $220 million in economic activity each year.
About 25% of Niagara-on-the-Lake’s population are employed in the tourism sector.
FedDev Ontario has invested over $59 million in 179 tourism projects since 2015.
Recipients of Niagara-on-the-Lake’s fund must provide a minimum 20 percent contribution toward total project costs. For more information, visit Niagara-on-the-Lake.
FedDev Ontario has invested over $50 million in 50 projects in the Niagara region since 2015.
On August 20, 2019, Minister Joly announced over $1.2 million through FedDev Ontario’s Canadian Experiences Fund for six projects to enhance the Niagara region’s Indigenous, year-round, rural and culinary tourism opportunities.
On May 31, the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages, announced that the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO) will receive $30 million in FedDev Ontario RRRF funding to provide financial relief to destination marketing organizations (DMOs) across southern Ontario.
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