The tourism sector in Barrie, Orillia, Simcoe and Gray counties will obtain $1.2 million in funding that’s anticipated to assist 100 companies and keep 225 jobs.
The cash might be offered by the Federal Financial Improvement Company for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) to assist the tourism business’s restoration amid the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
With the $1.2 million, Regional Tourism Group 7 (RTO7) is offering tourism-dependent companies with as much as $20,000 in non-repayable contributions to helps prices related to adapting and ultimately reopening, like renovations and retrofits, and the acquisition of kit, fixtures and private protecting gear (PPE), in addition to assist for digitization.
One enterprise that has been helped by RTO7 is Journey By Sound, which is a six-episode sequence of digital live shows filmed at live performance halls round Gray and Simcoe counties.
“The tourism business isn’t any stranger to the struggles introduced on by COVID-19,” Marie-France Lalonde, the parliamentary secretary to the financial growth and official languages minister, mentioned in an announcement Tuesday.
“With right this moment’s funding announcement, FedDev Ontario is delivering focused assist to about 100 companies to arrange for a extra resilient future. This funding is guaranteeing that the tourism sector right here in Gray and Simcoe counties, Barrie and Orillia stays sturdy and vibrant within the months and years to return.”
Barrie–Innisfil member of Parliament John Brassard mentioned tourism is crucial for the group’s vitality and assist is required for native companies and their staff.
“We have to assist these native companies and the folks they make use of not solely to get better however to thrive as they reopen their doorways to guests in a post-pandemic world,” Brassard mentioned in an announcement Tuesday.
“The tourism sector continues to exhibit its resilience by adapting to challenges and this funding will assist to keep up jobs and put together Barrie–Innisfil companies for a powerful comeback.”
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