BC tour operators, hotels and lodges can apply for COVID-19 grants

Tourism operators in British Columbia can apply for financial assistance from a $15 million relief fund to cover some of their losses due to COVID-19.

The provincial government says that British Columbia-owned hotels or motels that employ more than 150 people, Indigenous-owned resorts on reserves with more than 100 employees, and tourism operators with a license or BC Parks permit can all apply for grants.

The fund was suggested by a task force set up in September 2020 to look at ways to help tourism operators during the economic downturn caused by the pandemic.

The government says in a news release that the grants could be used for property taxes, BC Hydro fees, or park tenure or license costs.

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Businesses with a tenure or park license include rafting, zip lines, wildlife viewing, fishing, and hunting.

The subsidy is among other measures the province has put in place for the tourism sector.

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