GNWT to fill funding gap for tourism operators

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Funding is being provided to tourism operators that have exhausted the support available to them under the federal government’s Northern Business Relief Fund and Regional Relief and Recovery Fund.

Eligible operators will be able to claim up to $50,000 from the GNWT for expenses such as rent/mortgage; utilities; subscriptions; and insurance.

Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment Caroline Wawzonek says the travel, tourism and accommodations sectors have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic.

“In the absence of travellers or visitors to our territory, these “sectors at risk” have relied heavily on federal relief packages,” she adds.

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She adds the one-time funding initiative is designed to help companies through to April 1st when new government supports are expected to become available.

“As federal funds are exhausted, we are stepping up our support of NWT tourism operators in the short term, until additional relief and recovery efforts can be finalized and put in place,” says Wawzonek.

Expenses already covered by federal payments under the NBRF and the RRRF will not be eligible.

Eligible tourism operators should contact their regional ITI Tourism Development Officer.

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