VANCOUVER — Destination Canada announced a new partnership with the provinces and territories to deliver locally led marketing programs encouraging Canadians to discover their own back yard.

Over the next 18 months, Destination Canada will invest $30 million with Provincial and Territorial Marketing Organizations to support the recovery of communities.

“Tourism is a source of pride for communities across the country. It’s a significant economic driver and a source of local jobs. It’s also among the sectors hardest hit by this pandemic,” says Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages. “We’re working with the sector to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 and we’re working with tourism businesses as our economy reopens so tourism can come back stronger than before.”

Each province, at their own time, will assess the best distribution of funds, taking into account local and regional COVID-19 circumstances, infrastructure in place to safely host visitors and the willingness of communities to welcome travellers back, among other factors. While timing and details may differ — all efforts will adopt a theme, which supports Destination Canada’s national brand — Canada. For Glowing Hearts.

“Destination Canada’s work recognizes the need to support local tourism in time for summer, when most businesses make the largest portion of their annual revenue,” says Ben Cowan-Dewar, board chair, Destination Canada. “Now more than ever, Destination Canada’s collaboration with industry will support a timely restart and strengthen our ability to build demand for the fall, winter and beyond.”

This initiative, in collaboration with the provinces and territories, is intended to act as a starting point to bolster local tourism demand and support businesses across the country when the time is right. The funds are being redirected from Destination Canada’s existing international-marketing program budget, as international-marketing efforts are currently paused as a result of COVID-19.

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