TICO Waives Registration Fees Third Year in a Row

Richard Smart, CEO, TICO.
Richard Smart, CEO, TICO.

Recognizing the continued impact of COVID on Ontario's travel retail community, TICO today announced that the Ontario government will provide funding to the Travel Industry Council of Ontario (TICO), allowing TICO to waive registrant fees for a third year. This temporary funding arrangement allows TICO to continue its operations in support of consumer protection.

“By unlocking nearly $2.5 million in funds for TICO, we’re providing further relief for this vital industry while working hand-in-hand to maintain consumer protection as a priority,”  said Ross Romano, Minister of Government and Consumer Services, in a statement released by TICO.

Richard Smart, TICO’s CEO and Registrar, added, “We appreciate the government’s continued assistance and funding through these unprecedented times. While there are many challenges ahead, TICO remains committed to its mandate of strong consumer protection and the recovery of Ontario’s travel marketplace in the years ahead.”

Travel agencies and wholesalers will receive a fee waiver for annual registration renewal fees and Travel Industry Compensation Fund payments (Form-1) owed to TICO from April 1, 2022 to March 31, 2023. This will allow registrants to focus on their priority business needs without the added financial stress of meeting certain payment obligations with TICO. The waiver applies to all registrants registered with TICO as of March 31, 2022.

Registrants are still required to complete and submit their Registration Renewal Form (without payment) and their Form-1 (without payment) by the filing deadline.

Ontario travel advisors are requested to direct questions to tico@tico.ca or toll free at 1-888-451-TICO (8426).

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