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Tourism and Hospitality Recovery Program (THRP)

As a business, charity, or non-profit in Canada who has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be eligible for a wage subsidy, a rent subsidy, or both through the THRP.

You may qualify if you are either:

  • part of the tourism, hospitality, arts, entertainment, or recreation sectors, or
  • affected by a qualifying public health restriction

Who can apply for the THRP

There are two ways eligible organizations can qualify for the THRP:

Tourism, hospitality, arts, entertainment, and recreation sectors: Option 1 of 2

The first way to qualify for the THRP is by meeting the following three conditions:

Find out if your activities are considered part of tourism, hospitality, arts, entertainment, or recreation

Organizations affected by a qualifying public health restriction : Option 2 of 2

The second way to qualify for the THRP was introduced as the Local Lockdown Program. It is available to eligible organizations, regardless of sector.

To qualify for the THRP this way, you must meet following two conditions:

Find out what a qualifying public health restriction is

Eligibility for COVID-19 business subsidies

There are other ways to qualify for wage or rent subsidies if you've been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, even if you do not qualify for the THRP. If you're not sure which subsidy may fit your situation:

Answer a few questions to see what you may qualify for

Support in the event of a qualifying public health restriction

If your business, charity or non-profit is subject to a qualifying public health restriction you may be eligible for a subsidy under the Tourism and Hospitality Recovery Program (THRP) even if you are not a qualifying tourism or hospitality entity.

To qualify for the THRP through this option, at least one of your qualifying properties must meet all of the following:

  1. the conditions that relate to a public health restriction
  2. two additional conditions that relate to a qualifying public health restriction
  3. the revenue drop requirements for the current claim period

Public health restriction

A public health restriction is an order that meets certain conditions. It must:

  • be based on an order or decision issued by a federal, provincial, or municipal government, or a local health authority in response to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • be limited in scope based on one or more factors such as:
    • geographical boundaries
    • type of business or other activity
    • risks associated with a particular location
  • result in sanctions or be an offence if you do not comply
  • require you or your non-arm’s-length tenant at the qualifying property to stop some or all regular activities at the qualifying property for at least 7 days in a row such that
    • the activities that were stopped account for at least approximately 25% of the eligible revenues earned during the prior reference period from or in connection with the affected qualifying property

You do not qualify for support if you are already restricted or closed because you failed to comply with a previous public health order, or decision.

Qualifying public health restriction

A qualifying public health restriction means that:

  1. You had one or more qualifying properties that was affected by a public health restriction for at least 7 days in the claim period
  2. How the 7 day criteria works

    A public health restriction requires that as a result of the order, you have a qualifying property that has stopped some or all of its regular business activities for at least:

    • 7 days in a row, but
    • the days can span across 2 different claim periods.

    In addition, a qualifying public health restriction requires that you have at least one qualifying property that is closed due to a public health restriction for at least:

    • 7 days in the same claim period, but
    • the days do not need to be in a row.

    This means that to meet this criterion in a claim period:

    1. you had at least one qualifying property that was affected by a public health restriction during the claim period, and
    2. that qualifying property was closed for at least 7 days in the claim period.

    Example – Condition 1 of a qualifying public health restriction

    Kim’s Tailor Shop owns 4 qualifying properties.

    Two of Kim’s Tailor Shop’s locations had to close twice recently due to public health restrictions.

    Dates they were closed:

    1. October 18 to October 27, 2021, inclusive (10 days in a row), and
    2. November 18 to November 24, 2021, inclusive (7 days in a row)

    Claim period 22:

    • started on October 24, 2021, and
    • ended on November 20, 2021

    This means that Kim’s Tailor Shop in each of those locations were closed for a total of 7 days during claim period 22:

    • 4 days at the beginning of period 22 (October 24 to 27, inclusive), and
    • 3 days at the end of period 22 (November 18 to 20, inclusive)

    Kim’s Tailor Shop business meets condition 1 of a qualifying public health restriction in claim period 22 because:

    • one or more public health restrictions experienced by two of the qualifying properties lasted for at least 7 days in a row, and
    • each were closed due to public health restrictions for at least 7 days in the claim period.
  3. The activities that were stopped due to a public health restriction accounted for at least approximately 25% of your total eligible revenue during the prior reference period for the claim period
  4. How the 25% revenue “test” works if you have more than one qualifying property

    At least one of your qualifying properties must be affected by a qualifying public health restriction.

    If some of your qualifying properties are affected and others are not, you must demonstrate that at least 25% of your total eligible revenue during the prior reference period, came from the qualifying properties that were closed or restricted.

    Examples: Condition 2 of a qualifying public health restriction

    Example 1: Kim’s Tailor Shop meets condition 2

    They have 2 properties that were closed by public health restrictions that lasted for 7 days in claim period 22. The other 2 remained open for business as usual.

    When Kim looks at their total eligible revenue, they determine that each of the 2 properties that were closed by public health restrictions accounted for 12.5% of the total eligible revenue for their business when compared to the prior reference period for claim period 22.

    (12.5%) + (12.5%) = 25%

    Kim’s Tailor Shop meets condition 2 for a qualifying public health restriction because their qualifying properties that were closed due to a public health restriction account for 25% of Kim’s total eligible revenue.

    Example 2: Sanjay’s Sound Shack does not meet condition 2

    Sanjay’s Sound Shack owns 7 qualifying properties.

    They have 2 properties that were subject to a public health restriction and closed for 7 days in claim period 22. Because of this, Sanjay’s Sound Shack meets condition 1 for a qualifying public health restriction.

    When Sanjay looks at their total eligible revenue, they determine that the locations that were closed by a public health restriction accounted for only 15% of the total eligible revenue for their business when compared to the prior reference period for claim period 22.

    Sanjay’s Sound Shack does not meet condition 2 for a qualifying public health restriction because their qualifying properties that were closed due to a public health restriction do not account for 25% of Sanjay’s total eligible revenue when compared to the prior reference period for claim period 22.

Revenue drop conditions

To be eligible to apply for THRP if you are affected by a qualifying public health restriction, you:

  • must have at least a 40% revenue drop for the current claim period when compared to the corresponding prior reference period
  • do not need to calculate a 12-month average revenue drop

Subsidies you may qualify for under the THRP

Through the THRP, whether you are considered a qualifying tourism or hospitality entity or you were subject to a qualifying public health restriction, you may be able to get a subsidy to help cover wages (formerly the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy) and rent (formerly the Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy).

You may also qualify for the Canada Recovery Hiring Program (CRHP).

Wage and hiring

How and when you can apply for a wage or hiring subsidy, and what happens after you've applied

COVID-19 wage and hiring support for businesses

Calculate your wage or hiring subsidy

Rent and property

How and when you can apply for a rent subsidy, and what happens after you've applied

COVID-19 rent and property support for businesses

Calculate your rent subsidy

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