KAWARTHA LAKES-37 tourism businesses and organizations in Kawarthas Northumberland received $2.8-million through the Government of Canada’s Tourism Relief Fund to help local tourism organizations recover from the impacts of the pandemic, create jobs and prepare for future growth.
This includes the City of Kawartha Lakes who receives $92,300 for paddling routes and fall driving routes as well as updated visitor information signage. The Coboconk Norland and Area Chamber of Commerce received $100,000 for gender-neutral washrooms, bike rack and repair stations, benches and waste receptacles and to renovate the public boat ramp. Environmental Action Bobcaygeon receive almost $100,000 for a kayak rach, water refill stations and an EV charging station. Fenelon Falls Chamber of Commerce receives $33,500 to install streetlight decor and a marketing initiative including social media to encourage people to visit during the shoulder season. The Lindsay and District Chamber of Commerce will have almost $70,000 to create a bike-share program.
Click here for a full list of recipients. https://rto8.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/10/Recipients.pdf?mc_cid=34c98a1476&mc_eid=670271b7f5
“We at RTO8 are thrilled to be able to deliver the Tourism Relief Fund to Kawarthas Northumberland. The funding provided by FedDev Ontario will continue to support our region’s vibrant and authentic tourism industry.” said Brenda Wood, Executive Director, RTO8
“The Canadian tourism sector continues to be one of the most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. We are fully committed to supporting businesses and organizations through these challenging times, keeping safety as the top priority while ensuring they get support to quickly recover, innovate their products and services, and thrive. The Tourism Relief Fund will help businesses/organizations adapt, make improvements, and be ready to welcome back guests. It also feeds into a broader strategy to help the sector survive the pandemic, recover and grow. The Canadian economy will not fully recover until our tourism sector recovers.” added Randy Boissonnault, Minister of Tourism and Associate Minister of Finance.