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September 27, 2022
As the world safely resumes travel, Canada and Northern Ontario have so much to offer as a top tourism destination: breathtaking landscapes, diverse and inclusive experiences, and welcoming communities and people.
Over the past two years, the COVID-19 pandemic has had an immense impact on Canada’s tourism sector. However, with support from the Federal Government through the Tourism Relief Fund, businesses and operators have remained resilient, and are ready to bounce back.
As September 27th marks the United Nations’ World Tourism Day, today the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Indigenous Services and Minister responsible for FedNor, is announcing FedNor investments totalling $9,654,641 to protect, strengthen, and grow Northern Ontario’s tourism sector. Funding has been made available through both the Tourism Relief Fund and FedNor’s Northern Ontario Development Program. These investments will support 74 tourism projects in municipalities and Indigenous communities across the region, and support the creation and maintaining of over 280 jobs.
For the full list of projects and investments, please see the regional backgrounders provided.
“Tourism in Northern Ontario is such an important economic driver, creating good jobs and bringing people from all corners of the world to our beautiful region. As the industry rebounds following two years of immense challenges, FedNor is investing $9.7 million to benefit more than 70 tourism projects in Northern Ontario. This funding will allow businesses and operators to ensure they have the tools they need to succeed, and help create and maintain over 280 jobs. I invite everyone across the country to put Northern Ontario on their list of places to visit – come and see what spectacular sights and attractions our region has to offer.”
– The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Indigenous Services and Minister responsible for FedNor
“The Canadian tourism sector continues to be one of the most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. We will work with businesses and organizations through these challenging times, ensuring they get support to innovate in their products and services as well as to grow and thrive, all while keeping safety as the top priority. The Tourism Relief Fund helps businesses adapt to welcome back guests safely. It also feeds into a broader strategy to help the sector recover from the pandemic and build an economy that works for everyone. The Canadian economy will not fully recover until our tourism sector recovers.”
– The Honourable Randy Boissonnault, Minister of Tourism and Associate Minister of Finance
Alison Murphy, Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Indigenous Services and Minister responsible for FedNor
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