BC hotel, tour operators offered property tax, hydro assistance – Williams Lake Tribune
As B.C. tourism operators wait to see if they can avoid losing a third summer of business due to COVID-19 restrictions, the B.C. government is offering another assistance to help cover fixed costs such as provincial property tax and park permits.
Tourism Minister Melanie Mark said the $15 million program followed a recommendation from the province’s tourism industry task force to help cover their fixed costs to help them survive financially. during the pandemic. Applications are open until February 14 and funds are likely to be oversubscribed, as has been the case for other pandemic relief programs.
Eligibility is in three categories, one for BC-owned hotels and other accommodation establishments employing more than 150 people. They will be eligible for grants of up to 25% of their property taxes, up to a maximum of $500,000.
Large Indigenous-owned accommodation providers on reserve lands can request that up to 100% of their costs from BC Hydro be covered, up to a maximum of $200,000. Eligible businesses include hotels, strata hotels, motels, resorts and lodges.
A third stream consists of commercial recreation enterprises licensed to occupy or use a provincial park, with fees waived up to a maximum of $200,000. Tourism businesses with BC Land Act tenures or Park Act permits, including wildlife viewing, fishing, hunting, mountaineering, horseback riding, all-terrain vehicle hiking, white-water rafting, and heli-skiing may qualify, as well as campgrounds and outdoor recreation parks that offer activities such as water slides and zip lines.
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