B.C.'s $15M tourism relief fund excludes most operators who need support, critics say

B.C.’s $15-million pandemic relief fund for tourism operators excludes many who need the money the most, critics say.

On Friday, the Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport announced the tourism accommodation and commercial recreation relief fund, which is for B.C.-owned hotels or motels that employ more than 150 people, Indigenous-owned resorts on reserves with over 100 employees, and tourism operators who hold tenure or B.C. Parks permits.

The latter include operators who offer whitewater rafting, zip lines, wildlife viewing, fishing and hunting, for example.

The fund was suggested by a task force established in September 2020 to look at ways of helping tourism operators during the economic downturn caused by the

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