Eligibleproviders and operators in holding tenure and permits will now have access to grants to alleviate pressures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a release.
“Theindustry in B.C. continues to be hit hard by the pandemic. From Day 1, our government has worked side by side with industry leaders on recovery initiatives so the industry can come back stronger than ever,” said Melanie Mark, Minister of , Arts, Culture, and Sport. “This grant was a call to action by the Task Force to support these businesses with their bottom line and ensure they can thrive.”
As much as CA$15 million will be provided through theand Commercial Relief Fund through three streams: one for B.C.-owned large providers employing more than 150 people; the second for Indigenous-owned large properties employing more than 100 people and located on reserve; and the third for tenure and permit holders that operate as businesses.
“Accommodators across B.C. have suffered years of devastating losses while struggling to meet the demands of rising fixed costs,” saidHotel Association President and CEO Ingrid Jarrett.
“I want to acknowledge the leadership, hard work, and commitment demonstrated by Minister Mark to support B.C.’ssector and make the and Commercial Relief Fund a reality. We are grateful that this funding will help alleviate hardship for large providers and better position our industry for recovery.”
Theand Commercial Relief grants will help eligible large operators with property taxes, hydro fees for Indigenous-owned , or support for businesses operating on Crown land and in with tenure and park permit fees incurred in 2021.
According to the release, eligible largeproviders can get up to 25% of property taxes up to a maximum of CA$500,000 in stream one.
In stream two, eligible Indigenous-owned largeproviders on reserve can get 100% of BC Hydro fees, up to a maximum of CA$200,000. Large providers include hotels, motels, resorts, and lodges, including strata hotels.
Eligible commercialbusinesses can receive 100% of eligible tenure or park-use permits under stream three, to a maximum of CA$200,000.
businesses with tenures under the Land Act or permits under the Park Act include businesses such as wildlife viewing, fishing, hunting, mountaineering, horseback riding, off-road vehicle , whitewater rafting, and heli-skiing; small resorts such as guest ranches or lodges; and parks that offer activities such as waterslides and ziplines.
The application period is open from January 14 to February 14, 2022. Eligibility criteria and application information can be found online at www.gov.bc.ca/accommodation-commercial-recreation-fund.
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