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Tourism Relief Fund – Quebec – Applicant’s Guide

By Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions

Objective

Complementary to the main Tourism Relief Fund webpage, this guide is intended to provide additional information on the Fund and how to apply.

Description of the Tourism Relief Fund

The Tourism Relief Fund (the Fund) has a $500 million budget envelope for all of Canada for a duration of two years, from April 1, 2021, to March 31, 2023. Of this amount $118.7 million is reserved for the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec (CED) to implement the Fund in Quebec.

The objective of this relief fund is to support tourism entities in strategically adapting their products and services to public-health requirements, while planning for and investing in recovery efforts for future growth. The Fund aims to give them the means to take advantage of domestic market opportunities and help the sector prepare to welcome international visitors.

Priorities

In additional to the eligibility criteria set out on the main page (i.e. being: a supplier/operator essential to the visitor experience, member of a defined tourism cluster or a destination’s flagship product), organizations and their projects must meet the following criteria:

The following are also taken into consideration in analyzing and prioritizing projects:

Ineligible clients

The following organizations are normally ineligible for the Fund:

NOTE: Under very exceptional circumstances, restaurants or Canadian-owned hotels that meet the Fund eligibility criteria could be considered. Please contact CED at the email address or telephone number provided in the “Submission of applications” section for further information.

Ineligible costs

Percentage of eligible costs (rate of assistance)

Government assistance stacking limit

The maximum level (stacking limit) of Total Government Assistance (federal/ provincial/territorial/municipal assistance) is 100% of eligible costs.

Examples of activities and projects

Development and enhancement of tourism experiences to help tourism businesses adapt to the “new normal” to modernize tourism offerings and help the sector adopt more environmentally sustainable practices.

Examples of activities:

Examples of projects:

Examples of activities:

Example of project:

Cash flow needs: Tourism entities with cash flow needs related to the impacts of COVID-19 may also apply for financial assistance related to this need under the Fund. Please contact CED for more details and to find out the terms and conditions that apply.

Submission of applications

Applications for funding will be accepted on a rolling basis until funds are exhausted. The initiative ends on March 31, 2023.

For more information or to apply, call 1-800-561-0633 or write to: dec.relance.quebec.recovery.ced@canada.ca.

An advisor will answer your questions, assess your eligibility and, if applicable, forward you the documents you need to complete to apply, which may include but are not limited to:

Once all the requested information has been received, a decision will be rendered as soon as possible as per our service standards.

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