PORT ALBERNI – New Democrat MLA Josie Osborne says new support from the BC NDP government will help anchor attractions and tour bus companies on the West Coast recover from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, attract visitors and provide local jobs.
“Visitors are an important part of the West Coast, and it’s been difficult for us to be unable to welcome them during the pandemic,” said MLA Osborne. “With things improving for the better, we’re making sure that our local operators will be there to welcome our families, friends, and neighbours back with open arms.”
Anchor attractions and/our tour bus companies receiving support include Inter-Island Excursions, the Tofino Botanical Gardens, Jamie’s Whaling Station Ltd., and Ocean Outfitters.
This funding is part of a $36.5 million investment announced earlier this year by the BC New Democrat government. MLA Osborne said she is glad that people in the riding will benefit from this funding, as it will not only support people working in tourism but also help grow the local economy into the future.
Organizations can use the grants to pay for rent and utilities, payroll and costs related to restarting or ramping up operations.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, the New Democrat government has worked closely with B.C.’s tourism sector and provided $225 million in support to ensure businesses and non-profits can continue to draw visitors and benefit local communities for years to come.
For a list of BC Major Anchor Attractions recipients by region, visit: https://news.gov.bc.ca/files/7-23_BCMAA.pdf