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County of Brant receives funding through Tourism Relief Fund

County of BrantCounty of Brant receives funding through Tourism Relief Fund

The County of Brant received $99,250 to enhance outdoor recreation amenities through the Government of Canada’s Tourism Relief Fund.

The Regional Tourism Organization received $5 million from Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) to help local tourism organizations and businesses safely welcome back visitors, recover from the impacts of the pandemic and prepare for future growth.

“The Government of Canada’s $78-million investment through the Tourism Relief Fund is helping communities across southern Ontario. With this funding, southern Ontario’s Regional Tourism Organizations and Indigenous Tourism Ontario are providing hundreds of local businesses and organizations with the support they need to create jobs, attract more visitors and grow local economies, now and into the future,” said The Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario

The funding will be used to enhance outdoor recreation amenities including:

▪ Accessible picnic tables

▪ Bike repair stations

▪ Bike racks

▪ Kayak and canoe launch dock

“The County of Brant is a beautiful place to live, work and play. We are so fortunate to have nature’s paradise outside our door. This funding will help residents and visitors, alike, to enjoy the amenities and all that nature has to offer,” said David Bailey, Mayor for the County of Brant.

Twelve additional businesses and organizations located in the County of Brant collectively received $1 million from the Regional Tourism Organization. This investment will assist the County of Brant adapt and recover by ensuring enhanced experiences within the community driving economic growth in the area.

“The Government of Canada’s investment in our region provides tourism businesses and operators with opportunity and funds to support their economic recovery efforts from the pandemic. The investment will aid County of Brant tourism businesses in growing economically, enhancing their visitor experiences, and creating new jobs. Working collaboratively with the federal government and our tourism industry partners is truly how we go farther together to rebuild the visitor economy,” said Maria Fortunato, Executive Director, Hamilton Halton Brant Regional Tourism Association.

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