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Tourism Relief Fund

The Tourism Relief Fund (TRF), administered by Canada's regional development agencies and Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED), is a $500-million national program that is part of a broader $1-billion package proposed in Budget 2021 to support the tourism sector in Canada.

The TRF will help position Canada as a destination of choice when domestic and international travel is once again deemed safe, by:

Initiatives under this fund will help tourism businesses and organizations:

Indigenous applicants

A minimum of $50 million of the TRF will specifically support Indigenous tourism initiatives. For more information and to apply, contact your regional development agency.

Support for national tourism priorities

ISED will deliver $15 million to support the advancement of national tourism priorities aligned with Canada's Federal Tourism Growth Strategy. These include destination development, seasonal and geographic dispersion, human resources and skills development. This funding will provide the opportunity to leverage the reach and expertise of national tourism organizations to support pan-Canadian or multi-regional activities addressing challenges facing the tourism sector on its path to recovery, like conferences and events, training and research, and strengthening networks. More details will be available shortly.

Funding support

Contributions to businesses will be either non-repayable (contributions up to $100,000) or repayable (contributions up to $500,000). Not-for-profit organizations and Indigenous organizations (not generating profits) will be eligible for non-repayable contributions.

To find out if your organization qualifies for TRF funding and to apply, visit your regional development agency's web page:

Other funding support measures for tourism businesses

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