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COVID-19 Weekly Tourism Sector Update

June 4th, 2020


Tourism Prince Rupert is committed to supporting the resiliency & recovery of our local tourism industry. Learn more about the work of Tourism Prince Rupert by visiting our corporate website at the link below.
Visit the Tourism Prince Rupert Website
TPR COVID-19 Resource Page

Application Portal Open for Regional Relief Fund

WD’s Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF) aims to help western Canadian businesses cope with the financial hardship resulting from COVID-19. This fund is aimed specifically at supporting those businesses who have not been eligible for other support programs. 

The application portal is now open through the Community Futures of the Pacific Northwest's Office. 

Click here to apply

Sports Fishing Institute Releases Worksafe Guidelines

The Sports Fishing Institute has developed and submitted operating and safety guidelines for sport fishing businesses to resume operations for phase 2 and 3 of BC's Restart Plan
WorksafeBC has now reviewed and approved the BC Tidal Waters Charter, Guide, and Lodge Operations – Covid19 Guidelines. These guidelines provide recommendations that may be modified due to changing conditions or additional review from the Provincial Health Office but is suitable for business operation locally now and in preparation for Phase 3 activities.   

Click here to read the complete guidelines.

Government Announcements Supporting Tourism

Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages, the Hon. Melanie Joly, announced $70 million in dedicated funds for tourism in Canada. 

$30 million of funding will flow through Destination Canada as funding originally earmarked for international tourism marketing being repurposed for domestic tourism marketing. 

The remainder of the funds will be allocated via other previously announced envelopes and will be administered via Regional Development Agencies in Ontario and Western Canada. Further funding announcements are forthcoming for Quebec and the Atlantic provinces.

Parks Canada announced its participation in rent relief to align with the Canadian Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) program. 

Parks Canada will be contacting all holders of commercial leases and licences of occupation in national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas to provide details on this additional relief being provided by the government. 

Information will also be made available soon on the Parks Canada website. Please visit regularly for updates.

Destination Canada Investing $30M With Provincial & Territorial DMOs

To mark National Tourism Week, Destination Canada announced a new partnership with the provinces and territories to deliver locally led marketing programs encouraging Canadians to discover their own back yard.

Over the next 18 months, Destination Canada will invest $30 million with Provincial and Territorial Marketing Organizations to support the recovery of communities.

The return to travel will look different across the country – community by community - including Canada’s unique and culturally vibrant Indigenous and rural communities. Each province, at their own time, will assess the best distribution of funds, taking into account local and regional COVID-19 circumstances, infrastructure in place to safely host visitors, and the willingness of communities to welcome travellers back, among other factors.

Financial Support Announced for Indigenous Tourism BC and BC's Tourism Resiliency Program

The Government of Canada, through Western Economic Diversification Canada (WED), is intensifying its efforts to support the recovery and growth of this strategic sector of the western Canadian economy. The two BC projects announced are:

Indigenous Tourism Association of British Columbia (Indigenous Tourism BC)
Project Description: Support the resiliency of BC Indigenous tourism businesses
Funding = $500,000

Tourism Association of Vancouver Island on behalf of BC’s regional destination marketing organizations
Project Description: Support the British Columbia Tourism Resiliency Program
Funding = $1,000,000

Reminder: Stay Local for Now!

Though some recreational facilities will begin to reopen in mid-May, the provincial health authority is still recommending that all non-essential travel outside of your home community be postponed until we enter Phase 3 of BC's Restart Plan.

Please stay within your home community and do not travel to recreation properties or other communities for leisure.

Click here to read the complete plan.

Upcoming Destination BC Webinars

Destination BC is hosting a series of webinars to support BC’s tourism industry on the road to recovery. Register for upcoming webinars via the links below. 
June 4: ExploreBC… Virtually | Register here
June 9: Restart Safely: Health & Safety Essentials to Support Re-opening | Register here
June 11: Work Refusal & Other HR Challenges Amid the Restart | Register here
June 16: SEO in Uncertain Times: How it can Help Recovery Efforts | Register here
June 18: Adapting Customer Service & Guest Communication in a Pandemic Impacted Business Environment | Register here
June 25: Returning to Work: Protecting Mental Health | Register here
July 7: Revisiting your COVID-19 Safety Plan | Register here

Learn more at:
For up to date information on the effects of COVID-19 on the tourism sector in British Columbia, please visit
Tourism Prince Rupert will be working hard to provide you with email updates regarding any new advisories or support programs as they are announced.

Please note we are only providing new information each week. For access to our past newsletters, please visit our Newsletter Archive page.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Ceilidh Marlow
Executive Director, Tourism Prince Rupert
Phone: 778-361-0440
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