The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in uncertainty and anxiety for small businesses and their employees across Northern Ontario. These businesses are at the heart of so many communities, as a source of local jobs – and local pride.
Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, which is why the Government of Canada has implemented a series of concrete and tangible measures to help them retain their employees, pay rent and get capital to cover costs. Furthermore, it continues to help more businesses in key sectors like tourism through FedNor and the five other Regional Development Agencies. In partnership with local organizations, FedNor is working to support regional economies and create good, well-paying jobs in communities across Northern Ontario.
In recognition of National Tourism Week, the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages, today announced an investment of more than $7.6 million in support of tourism across Northern Ontario.
“Our tourism sector and the 1.8 million people it employs across Canada have been hit hard by COVID-19, and we’re here for them. With Tourism Week upon us, we’re focused on ensuring that businesses, organizations and local governments are ready to reopen the industry and help Canadian tourism come roaring back. Our message to the sector and those whose livelihoods depend on it is clear: we’re here for you now with immediate measures, we’ll be here for you as our economy reopens and we’ll get through this together, and come back stronger than before. We’re working with you.” said, Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for FedNor
Delivered by FedNor, this funding will support 36 tourism initiatives led by communities, businesses and organizations in the region. This targeted investment includes over $1 million in Destination Marketing Organization assistance to support seven projects designed to position the region as an attractive travel destination and dynamic place to live and work.
“Communities, businesses and industries across Northern Ontario are preparing to come back in full force. I’m thrilled that FedNor will be playing an even bigger role in this recovery, expanding its important work at the local level. Today’s announcement will support 36 important projects that will create jobs and help businesses evolve, while ensuring our tourism industry is prepared to welcome people to our spectacular region as soon as possible. This wave of funding builds on the recent funding announcement of $500,000 for Tourism Sault Ste. Marie to support the creation of a 75 km Multi-Use Trail System extending from Sault Ste. Marie, into the Algoma District.” said, Terry Sheehan, Member of Parliament for Sault Ste. Marie and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for FedNor