The Ontario government is providing $200 million to help stabilize the tourism industry and protect jobs across the province as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. 

This comes following the release of the provincial budget, which was announced at $173 billion for the 2021-2022 fiscal year.

 me payments of $10,000 to $20,000 to eligible small businesses including hotels, motels, travel agencies, amusement and water parks, hunting and fishing camps, and recreational and vacation camps including children's overnight summer camps. 

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"People in the tourism, hospitality, culture, sports, and recreation industries have been particularly hard hit by the necessary public health restrictions," said Minister Peter Bethlenfalvy.

"To protect jobs in these industries, our recent Budget invested an additional $400 million, bringing our total support to more than $625 million since the pandemic began. With these additional measures, we will ensure that Ontario remains a terrific place to discover," he adds. 

Prior to the pandemic, tourism generated more than $36 billion in economic activity and supported approximately 400,000 jobs in Ontario. As a direct result of the pandemic, the tourism sector has lost more than $18 billion in revenue alone and more than 200,000 jobs.