British Columbia’s tourism industry faces unique challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Both the Government of Canada and B.C. government are taking strong and direct steps to support our tourism businesses and help them navigate the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Destination BC has gathered a comprehensive list of all the supports and resources available to those in the tourism industry.
In collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Destination BC has also taken immediate steps to address the severe global conditions affecting local tourism. It is their goal to support industry as much as possible and provide the strongest possible outcomes once the crisis is over. This significant recovery campaign will encompass three phases – Response, Recovery and Resilience.
Small Business BC has also partnered with Destination BC to provide tailored advice in accountancy, law, and other business areas to Destination BC clients through our Talk to an Expert service.
This page contains updates to policies and programs made as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. It also contains information on how COVID-19 has affected government funding for cancelled or postponed events.
Parks Canada has announced they will work with tourism operators in national parks, historic sites, and marine conservation areas to defer payments on commercial leases and licences of occupation, without interest, until September 1, 2020.
The BC Tourism Resiliency Network is a long-term resiliency program providing BC tourism businesses with meaningful, one-on-one support to navigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, adapt and work towards eventual recovery.
Working together across the province, the BC Regional Tourism Secretariat is leading the BC Tourism Resiliency Network. Each program will be delivered in their respective regions by Tourism Vancouver Island, Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association, Kootenay Rockies Tourism Association, Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Tourism Association and Northern BC Tourism Association. Vancouver, Coast & Mountains is managed by Destination BC.
The Hotel Association of Canada is monitoring developments around COVID-19 closely and is working in partnership with Public Health to bring you the latest developments. This resource list contains supports and information specific for hoteliers in Canada.
This page will be updated frequently, to provide information to help address common HR and health and safety inquiries related to COVID-19 in the tourism industry.
The Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA) is working closely with industry partners to actively monitor the impact of COVID-19 on the tourism industry and strengthen supports for the tourism industry. Connect With A TOTA Resiliency Advisor.
Other Government Supports
As long as they meet the eligibility criteria, businesses in the tourism sector can also tap into existing government supports such as: