World News – CA – Coronavirus: Government places 2021 as « year of stay in Ontario » during budget


Most residents have had to adjust or cancel their vacation plans this year due to the coronavirus, but the provincial government is hoping residents will continue any potential travel in 2021 within the borders of the Ontario

« Fewer small business owners have been hit harder than our tourism operators, » Finance Minister Rod Phillips told the Ontario legislature in his budget speech on Thursday

Government officials have announced that $ 150 million in the budget, under a section titled 2021 – Year of Stay in Ontario, is set aside as they plan to give residents a tax credit for a maximum of 20% of « eligible tourism expenses in Ontario »

As for eligible expenses, Phillips told reporters he depended on consulting the tourism industry He also said the second wave means when to roll out is not yet clear

As COVID-19 vaccines and treatments continue to be developed in Canada and around the world, it is unclear how this will affect the travel market in 2021

Between February and May, officials said Ontario’s tourism-related industries (food services, accommodation, culture and recreation) saw a 37% drop in jobs, a net reduction of about 282,000 jobs

« It’s a very, very dire situation overall, » said Charlotte Bell, President and CEO of the Tourism Industry Association of Canada, in a hearing of the federal committee in August

Tourism association partners have reported a 61-100% drop in income due to public health restrictions, which for a time included limiting travel outside the home only to those basic needs During the hearings, they said hotels had seen a 70-90% drop since March

In addition to public health orders, land border crossings between Canada and the United States have been restricted to « essential » travel only

The Ontario government has reported, to date, 80,690 people in the province have tested positive for the coronavirus while 3,195 people have died So far, 69,137 have recovered from the virus

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