Covid-19 Funding Resources

HHBRTA 2021 COVID-19 REGIONAL TOURISM RECOVERY PROGRAM INITIATIVE - PHASE 2 

PROGRAM EXTENDED - FEB 13th 

In response to COVID-19, the Hamilton Halton Brant Regional Tourism Association (HHBRTA) has re-launched a Phase 2 program for the Health and Safety Business Requirement Expense Program. The programs application intake period will run for 2 weeks, starting Monday January 18th, concluding on Monday February 13th at 11:59pm. The Phase 2 Program has changed its criteria to allow for all accommodations to apply (including properties that are of a chained or franchised brand). In addition, those received funding for the Phase 1 program are not eligible to recieve additional funding due to our limited budget allocation. This program  will also be reviewed on a "First Come, First Served" basis. Qualified applicants will be notified by the Program Lead by Wednesday, February 20th 2021. 

If you have any questions regarding this program and the application process, please reach out to the Program Lead: Angelica Smith 

Click for the Application and Excel Breakdown Sheet. 


 

Applications Now Open for Ontario's Small Business Support Grant

January 15, 2021

Province Providing up to $20,000 for Eligible Businesses Impacted by Provincewide Shutdown

TORONTO — The Ontario government has opened  applications for the new Ontario Small Business Support Grant. The grant, first announced in December, provides a minimum of $10,000 to a maximum of $20,000 to eligible small businesses who have had to restrict their operations due to the Provincewide Shutdown. The tightened restrictions were put in place to help stop the alarming rise of COVID-19 cases in Ontario.

"As Ontario's employers do their part to defeat COVID-19, they are facing unprecedented challenges as a result of this global pandemic," said Peter Bethlenfalvy, Minister of Finance and President of the Treasury Board. "I encourage every eligible small business owner in Ontario to visit Ontario.ca/COVIDSupport to access the support our government has made available. While we still have a lot of work ahead of us, we can all look confidently to the future as we resolve to do our parts and put COVID-19 behind us."

Small businesses required to close or significantly restrict services under the Provincewide Shutdown will be able to apply for a one-time grant and use this funding in whatever way makes the most sense for their individual business needs. For example, some businesses could need support paying employee wages, while others could need support with their rent.

Eligible small businesses include those that:

  • Were required to close or significantly restrict services due to the Provincewide Shutdown being imposed across the province effective 12:01 a.m. on December 26.
  • Have fewer than 100 employees at the enterprise level.
  • Have experienced a minimum of 20 per cent revenue decline in April 2020 compared to April 2019. New businesses established since April 2019 will also be eligible if they meet the other eligibility criteria.

"Small businesses are the heart of Ontario's economy," said Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade. "The Ontario Small Business Support Grant will help thousands of small businesses get through this difficult time, while strengthening our province's economic recovery."

"As the son of two small business owners, I understand what small businesses mean to the families, employees, and local communities they support," said Prabmeet Sarkaria, Associate Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction. "Our hardworking businesses can be encouraged that the government's new Ontario Small Business Support Grant offers yet another helping hand that will give them the boost they need to meet the challenges of today and prepare for a brighter tomorrow."

Businesses impacted by the Provincewide Shutdown are also eligible for additional supports, including the government's program to provide rebates to offset fixed costs such as property tax and energy bills. These rebates will continue to be available for businesses impacted by the Provincewide Shutdown and earlier restrictions.

More information about the Ontario Small Business Support Grant and other rebates is available on Ontario.ca/COVIDsupport.

 

QUICK FACTS

  • The businesses must demonstrate they experienced a revenue decline of at least 20 per cent when comparing monthly revenue in April 2019 and April 2020. This time period was selected because it reflects the impact of the public health measures in spring 2020, and as such provides a representation of the possible impact of these latest measures on small businesses.
  • New businesses established since April 2019 will also be eligible if they meet the other eligibility criteria. They will be able to select alternative months for comparing revenue decline through the application portal. In addition, winter seasonal businesses, such as ski hills, will be permitted to compare revenue from December 2019 or January 2020 to December 2020.
  • The 2020 Budget, Ontario’s Action Plan: Protect, Support, Recover outlined more than $13.5 billion in support for people and jobs. The government is also investing $4.8 billion to address critical areas to support a strong long-term recovery that helps workers, employers and communities get back on their feet, while building the foundation for recovery and growth.
 

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CONSUMER BEHAVIOUR TRAVEL INTENTION STUDY 

HHBRTA 2020/21 COVID-19 REGIONAL TOURISM RECOVERY PROGRAM INITIATIVE - PHASE 1 CLOSED 

In response to COVID-19, the Hamilton Halton Brant Regional Tourism Association (HHBRTA) has developed a time limited “Covid-19 Regional Tourism Recovery” Program to support tourism industry’s business re-emergence efforts. There are four (4) program opportunities to support the diverse businesses located in the region.

The program launched on Monday, November 16th and the application intake period ran for 2 weeks, concluding on Monday November 30th at 11:59pm. Each program highlighted below had limited budgets allocated; therefore; all applications were reviewed as a "First Come, First Served" basis. Qualified applicants were notified by Program Leads by Wednesday, December 16th 2020. 

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1. Health and Safety Business Requirement Expense Program 

The Health and Safety Business Requirement Expense Program is designed to assist HHBRTA tourism industry operators with re-opening operations, while reducing the risk of the transmission of COVID-19 among workers and visitors. As we assist you in restoring safe services, HHBRTA has developed a program to help alleviate some costs for the purchase of approved health and safety expenses.

Eligible applicants can potentially be re-imbursed up to a maximum of $500.00 (pre-tax), and is retroactive to as early as April 1st, 2020. All receipt(s) are to be submitted with your application for full re-imbursement.  

If you have any questions regarding this program and the application process, please reach out to the Program Lead: Angelica Smith 

2. Consumer Confidence Video 

The Consumer Confidence Video Program is designed to support tourism business operators in their efforts to rebuild their business and be market-ready through the aid of a short engaging promotional video. The content of the video will be developed to provide assurance to consumers and employees of safety precautions the business is undertaking. It will also advertise the business operator’s unique product offering and positive guest experiences and will be used by HHBRTA in qualified seasonal marketing campaigns. 

If you have any questions regarding this program and the application process, please reach out to the Program Lead: Claire O'Brien

3. Visitor Experience Market Readiness Program 

This program is designed to assist tourism stakeholders by enhancing the market-readiness of your tourism product and/or services. Based on your tourism business sector, HHBRTA wants to support creativity, ingenuity and innovation to stimulate your tourism business and maintain your current customers and attract new audiences.

The scope of Visitor Experience Market-Readiness Program is broadened to ensure tourism businesses have access to funds that enable our industry to recover in an innovative and inspirational ways. HHBRTA is committed to ensuring your resilience through these times, as we continue to strengthen the economic value of tourism in our region.

If you have any questions regarding this program and the application process, please reach out to the Program Lead: Bev Scott

4. Destination Visual Content Program - Phase 1(Completed) + Phase 2 

In October 2020, HHBRTA completed Phase 1 of our Destination Visual Content Program.  After assessing our digital asset database and speaking with industry partners we realized we had many gaps and deficits within our digital database as well as found it difficult to market different experiences digitally with masks now being apart of our experiences reality. Through this program we are able to fill our digital content gap and support industry by providing new digital assets that can be used now and in the future. 

During Phase 1 of this program we were able to go all over the region and capture a wide variety of experiences at over 25 partner locations and areas which included: Georgetown, St. George, Acton, Brantford, Stoney Creek, Oakville, Ayr, and Milton. 

The digital assets for Phase 1 will be available late November to view and download for industry on our CrowdRiff Media Hub, here . We are exploring a Phase 2 of this project based on industry needs and demand. We plan to launch the second portion of the program in Spring 2021. If you are a tourism operator in need of new digital assets, please fill out the request for interest applicaton below. 

If you have any questions regarding this program and the application process, please reach out to the Program Lead: Brittany Hunter 

Our proritity continues to be to support local businesses in their Covid-19 safe efforts and in their ecomomic recovery. At the same time, we have our eyes to the future and we work on market readiness initiatives for post Covid-19. Lets keep working together. 

Please Note: Applying for any of these programs does not negate you from applying for additional Government Funding Opportunities. 

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