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As the collapsed tourism industry starts to re-open ever-so-slowly, the federal government is lending a hand to a couple of the province’s primary attractions so that they can do so safely.
Western Economic Diversification is providing $600,000 in support for The Forks in Winnipeg, and the town of Churchill.
The funds — $500,000 to The Forks and $100,000 to the Churchill Chamber of Commerce — are being made available to allow those tourism operators to undertake the safety precautions public health guidelines require for them to re-open.
Paul Jordan, CEO of The Forks Renewal Corp., said, "When we re-opened the market we had to do twice as much cleaning when we had zero revenues. It really helped us get over the hump. It gave us the cushion to get back up and running."
The Churchill Chamber of Commerce will receive $100,000, to support 80 staff from 50 businesses to help comply with physical distancing guidelines, apply for recovery programs.
The tourism industry in Churchill is driven by environmental phenomenon such as polar bear and whale watching and is worth as much as $37 million in direct annual expenditures.Northern Manitoba attracts about 530,000 people every year.
That funding support is in addition to $95 million WED announced earlier this month for western businesses affected by the pandemic.
That has already assisted over 1,760 businesses across Western Canada.
Martin Cash has been writing a column and business news at the Free Press since 1989. Over those years he’s written through a number of business cycles and the rise and fall (and rise) in fortunes of many local businesses.
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