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CANADIAN GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCES GREATER FLEXIBILITY AND EXTENSION OF CANADA EMERGENCY BUSINESS ACCOUNT
The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, announced that the application deadline for the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) is extended from Aug. 31 to Oct. 31, 2020. The government is working closely with financial institutions to make the CEBA program available to those with qualifying payroll or non-deferrable expenses that have so far been unable to apply due to not operating from a business banking account.
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CANADIAN GOVERNMENT EXTENDS CANADA EMERGENCY COMMERCIAL RENT ASSISTANCE
The Canadian Government announced that the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) for small businesses will be extended by one month to help eligible small businesses pay rent for September. Across the country, thousands of small businesses that were forced to close or were especially hard hit have been able to use CECRA to help cover rent and position themselves to reopen as the economy reopens.
More information and application here
ONTARIO TOURISM SUMMIT TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE
Tickets for the Ontario Tourism Summit 2020 and the Ontario Tourism Awards of Excellence on October 27th and 28th are now available. This year’s conference is going virtual and embracing the challenges we continue to face in response to COVID-19.
Your ticket to Ontario Tourism Summit 2020 also guarantees you’re on the guest list for our spectacular gala awards ceremony, where we will celebrate the Ontario Tourism Awards of Excellence and everything that makes our industry so special. Just because we can’t physically be together doesn’t mean you won’t get the full gala experience. Get your tickets here.
SAFE TRAVELS STAMP ADMINISTERED TO SECOND ROUND OF APPLICANTS
TIAO has been chosen by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) to administer the Safe Travels Stamp in Canada. The Safe Travels Stamp is an international symbol designed to allow travellers to recognize governments and companies around the world, which have adopted health and hygiene, standardized protocols – so consumers can experience ‘Safe Travels’.
Every Thursday TIAO will announce the newly accredited businesses. This week the following businesses were awarded the #SafeTravels Stamp:
BLUE MOUNTAIN UNVEILS NEW NIGHT-TIME PATH OF LIGHT EXPERIENCE
The view from the top of Blue Mountain on a clear day is spectacular. The vistas under the stars is a whole different kind of beautiful. And that is just one highlight of Blue Mountain’s new night forest experience, AGORA: Path of Light.
See more information here.
SAFE TRAVELS STAMP HOPES TO REBUILD CONSUMER CONFIDENCE
A new Safe Travels Stamp program has been launched in Canada to assist tourism operators and reassure consumers that health and safety protocols are being taken seriously.. More details can be found here.
WELCOME NEW TIAO MEMBERS
We have been actively onboarding new members as part of our 2020 free membership initiative to individuals and businesses in the tourism industry. We will continue to advocate on your behalf, and provide an even more inclusive message as we represent your voice to the provincial government.
If you haven’t taken advantage of our offer, we are glad to continue to extend this to the industry. We ask that you reach out to us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will set up your membership and provide you additional information, including the option to choose between:
Membership within TIAO for a period of one year from date of signing.
Or to become a Green shoots sponsor – for those new members that can afford to pay their membership, we will recognize the value of their membership through sponsorship (Green shoots sponsor) and use this value of their membership to continue the research and vital actions to rebuild and represent the industry’s voice to government in Ontario.
GOVERNMENT NEWS & RELEASES
Canada, Ontario, and Chippewas of Kettle & Stony Point First Nation Announce Addition of Lands to their Reserve
the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, together with the Honourable Greg Rickford, Minister of Indigenous Affairs Ontario, and Chief Jason Henry, Chief of Chippewas of Kettle & Stony Point First Nation, announced the addition of lands to Chippewas of Kettle & Stony Point First Nation.
Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries
The Ontario government is investing more than $21 million to help athletes and their coaches train in Ontario and continue their quest for gold. Funding will be provided to the Canadian Sport Institute Ontario, Coaches Association of Ontario, and Quest for Gold Program.
The announcement was made today by Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries, while visiting BMO Field.
Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
The governments of Canada and Ontario are investing more than $7.9 million through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership to help farmers improve their business operations and bring more safe, high-quality foods to markets. This funding will support more than 670 projects across Ontario for eligible farmers and agri-food businesses.
The Ontario government is investing an additional $19.4 million to expand health care services provided by Weeneebayko Area Health Authority and improve access to health care in Northern Ontario. The funding will be used to support planning and redevelopment of a culturally appropriate health campus that will include a new hospital and a lodge in Moosonee, as well as a new ambulatory care centre on Moose Factory Island.
The Honourable Karina Gould, Minister of International Development and Member of Parliament for Burlington, on behalf of the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; Adam van Koeverden, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Diversity and Inclusion and Youth and to the Minister of Canadian Heritage (Sport) and Member of Parliament for Milton; Pam Damoff, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Indigenous Services and Member of Parliament for Oakville North-Burlington; were joined by Jane McKenna, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development and Member of Provincial Parliament for Burlington, on behalf of the Honourable Laurie Scott, Ontario’s Minister of Infrastructure; Effie J. Triantafilopoulos, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Long-Term Care and Member of Provincial Parliament for Oakville North−Burlington; and Her Worship, Marianne Meed Ward, Mayor of Burlington, to announce funding for six projects that will modernize and improve public transit in Burlington.
ISSUES AGENDA AND CONSULTATIONS
After years of court battles, the city is enacting a new set of regulations this week that will only allow people to rent out their primary residence on short-term rental sites. It’s a move to ensure that homes, condos and apartments aren’t funneled off into the short-term rental market as investment properties, instead of being available for Torontonians to rent long-term.
Retail cannabis store owners are seeing green in Halton Hills. The town currently has four applications in progress with the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO).
Three stores will be in Georgetown: two on Guelph Street and one in downtown Georgetown. The town has filed an appeal against an application for a store at 28 Main St. S. due to its proximity to an Ontario Early Years Centre.
St. Catherine’s Standard
Port Colborne’s planning director says there are no regulatory issues standing in the way of a cannabis store opening in the city.
The application, revealed last week when the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario announced the mandatory 15-day public notice period, has been made to turn the empty KFC on King Street into a cannabis store. It will be the city’s first since legalization in late 2018.
The Kingston Whig Standard
“Safe travels’” use to be a phrase used to wish a friend or acquaintance a decent journey, but Covid has changed that. Now the Safe Travels Stamp is a global badge that identifies businesses that follow safe travel protocols in a pandemic world. Close to home, Rockport Boat Line has just been awarded the #SafeTravels Stamp. Like all other similar operators, Rockport Cruises is running at less than half capacity but doing it safely.
Northern Business Ontario
Tourism North Bay’s report to city council reflects positive numbers for 2019, ending the year with close to $220,000 in the bank. “In 2019, Tourism North Bay worked with 11 community partners on 15 different initiatives. We contributed across all 15 of those initiatives for a total of $46,000,” shared Steve Dreany, Executive Director of Tourism North Bay.
In this week’s businessNOW™, our round-up of business and organizational news from Peterborough and across the greater Kawarthas region, we feature the launch of the unique Afrocentric social business Zingha in Peterborough, owned and operated by Peterborough residents Cheryl Edwards and Charmaine Magumbe.
Travel Pulse Canada
This week’s Travel and Leisure Show is a great opportunity for Canadian tourism officials to reach out to the country’s travel agents and advisors, says the new head of Destination Canada. In an interview with TravelPulse Canada, new Destination Canada President and CEO Marsha Walden said her organization is thrilled to be part of the show, which runs Thursday, Sept. 10 for the travel trade and then again on Saturday, Sept. 12 for consumers/media.
The tourist attraction recently received federal funding to develop a new way for visitors to enjoy a virtual tour. “We are looking at a phone app and certainly dial-in and up will come a story about the past in Capreol, a past of the museum, the past of the 607 locomotive,” said Thomas. Officials at the Northern Ontario Railway and Heritage Centre say they also currently working on partnering with local school boards to offer virtual presentations in place of school field trips.
Seaway newsUpper Canada Village’s award-winning Pumpkinferno is getting ready to enchant visitors once again this fall with the addition of 11 new themed exhibits. The creative and artistic event will be open on select nights starting Thursday and running until Nov. 1.
The tourism industry in northwestern Ontario is in dire straights and federal support is needed. Sioux Lookout Mayor Doug Lawrance was able to convey that message during a virtual one-on-one meeting with Economic Development Minister Melanie Joly. Lawrance says his community can’t depend on Canadian visitors to make up for what has been lost.
Brantford ExpositorCOVID-19 restrictions are forcing the postponement of the Ontario 55+ Winter Games. The event, which typically attracts 800 to 1,000 athletes and officials and another 800 visitors, was to be hosted by Brantford and Brant County in February. A report from Brian Hutchings, Branford’s chief administration officer, which was approved by city councilors at a committee meeting this week, says physical distancing measures make it impossible to hold the competition in local venues and host special events leading up to the games.
The Northern Ontario Railroad Museum and Heritage Centre is working on new technology that will allow visitors to take a tour on their own.
The facility in Capreol, Ont., is in the early stages of creating a mobile app for interactive, self-guided tours. Operations manager Derek Young says the technology would add to the visitor experience by incorporating storytelling.
Vacations are a little closer to home this year, but the good news is that eight in ten Canadians (83%) believe that there is a lot to see and do from coast to coast. Today, Corona Canada announces the launch of “Rediscover the Outdoors,” a travel auction program that provides an immediate investment into the Canadian tourism industry with pre-purchased experience packages from Travelzoo that will be available for consumers to browse and bid. From weekend wilderness excursions to an afternoon spent paddle boarding, local travel packages available on the website encourage Canadians to reconnect with the outdoors safely, while supporting local tourism.
With damp and chilly autumn weather just around the corner, municipal officials are encouraging residents to get out and support local businesses.
Chatham-Kent Chief Administrative Officer Don Shropshire said he has spoken with some restaurateurs who are considering the use of outdoor heaters to keep patios open for as long as possible. However, it’s only a temporary solution as winter is a few months away.
TB News Watch
Northwood councilor to ask the city to spend up to $100,000 of the unallocated municipal accommodation tax to design and build the sign, similar to ones seen in cities around the world, including Toronto.
City of Hamilton
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