$50M in Grants Coming to B.C.’s Tourism Sector

The province has launched a $50 million grant program aimed at helping B.C.’s major “anchor” tourist attractions and tour bus companies weather the COVID-19 pandemic. The announcement comes as suffering tourism operators try to get a handle on what their normally busy summer season will look like this year. The grant program has the potential of helping 40 rural anchor attractions and an additional 30 in Metro Vancouver. Major urban attractions that receive 75,000 or more visitors per year can receive up to $1 million. Rural anchor attractions that get 15,000-plus visitors per year are eligible for up to $500,000. Tour bus companies with an annual ridership of 30,000 or more are also eligible for a maximum of $500,000. Some in the industry say the funding is welcome news for the businesses that will qualify, but it is not enough, and there are calls for support for ongoing expenses all tourism businesses are faced with, such as property tax, utility bills and insurance.

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