The Tourism Accommodations Real Property Tax Rebate Program Part 2 provides qualified hotel, motel and inn operators a 50 percent rebate on payment of the first six months of their 2021-22 commercial property tax.
Operators who received payments under the first Tourism Accommodations Real Property Tax Rebate Program, which provided a 25 per cent rebate on the payment of 2020-21 commercial property taxes, will be automatically eligible.
The provincial government is providing $375,000 in financial assistance to Tourisme Îles de la Madeleine to support tourism businesses considered strategic for the post-pandemic recovery of the region.
Of the amount, $300,000 is granted by the Ministry of Tourism, through a new component added to the 2020-2022 Regional Tourism Partnership Agreement (EPRT) , and $ 75,000 by the Maritime Community of Magdalen Islands.
The provincial government is investing $2.5 million through the Unison Benevolent Fund’s COVID-19 Relief Program and the Canadian Live Music Association.
Unison Benevolent Fund will receive a one-time grant of up to $2 million to immediately support individual musicians and industry workers, many of whom have lost their sources of income during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Canadian Live Music Association will receive a one-time grant of up to $500,000 to support local communities that wish to develop and implement music city strategies in a post-COVID-19 economy.
The provincial government is providing $5 million in funding to help municipal fire services address the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding will enhance fire safety training across the province and support safety inspection programs to ensure compliance with the Ontario Fire Code.
Each municipality will be able to submit proposals for an initial $4,500 base grant plus additional funding dependent on population served.
The federal government is providing an additional $47 million through the Workforce Development Agreement to help the increased number of Manitoba’s workers looking to re-enter the workforce, particularly those in hard-hit sectors and groups disadvantaged as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Supports include skills training, on-the-job training, employer-sponsored training, financial assistance and benefits, employment counselling and services, and job opportunities.
The province is extending its quarantine program for temporary foreign workers who come to B.C. for seasonal agriculture work.
The government will continue to fund hotel, food-service costs, laundry services, wellness walks, interpretation and translation services, health screening and other necessary supports for these workers during the quarantine period.
The provincial government announced a five-year extension to a tax credit for the book publishing industry.
This refundable tax credit program was scheduled to expire at the end of March 2021. Instead, it will be extended to the end of March 2026 and will support the economic and cultural value of book publishers, increase their competitiveness and strengthen their economic recovery out of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The tax credit supports about 30 publishers who together employ over 200 people.