Ottawa to give $46 million to Quebec, Atlantic provinces to help boost tourism

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The federal government is announcing a $46-million aid package for the tourism industries of Quebec and Atlantic Canada, which have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Economic Development Minister Melanie Joly says $30 million is earmarked for Quebec, with about $13.5 million going towards small- and medium-sized business in the tourism industry.

Ottawa will be giving another $16 million to local tourism associations across the province that can help their members adapt to COVID-19 safety measures and promote their destinations.

About $20 million had been allocated in the federal budget while about $10 million is new money previously announced in May.

Meanwhile, Ottawa is giving about $12 million to the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, which will fund 79 tourism projects across the four Atlantic provinces.

Atlantic Canada is also receiving $4.5 million for its various tourism marketing associations to help them promote local events and boost travel across the region.