Tourism Funding and Programs
There are a number of different funding sources available to support B.C.'s tourism sector.
Tourism Funding Sources
Economic Business Supports - StrongerBC Economic Plan webpage is continuously updated with supports available to individual businesses in British Columbia.
Indigenous Tourism COVID19 Tourism Supports – Indigenous Tourism British Columbia offers comprehensive and frequent updates on credit and financing options, income and employee support, and Provincial and Federal funding programs.
BC Indigenous Tourism Business Recovery Fund – provides one-time grants for Indigenous tourism businesses to support business solvency and is administered through Indigenous Tourism British Columbia.
Municipal and Regional District Tax - this tax program for communities provides funding for local tourism marketing, programs and projects.
Resort Municipality Initiative - this program funds projects in resort-based communities. Projects funded aim to increase resort activities, amenities, visitation, visitor activity, private investment, employment in the community, tourism contribution to the local economy, and municipal tax revenue.
Tourism Events Program - provides funding for events that raise awareness of B.C.'s tourism brands nationally and internationally, and that motivate Canadians and people from around the world to travel and experience B.C.'s natural beauty and world class infrastructure.
Destination Development Fund – provides one-time grants to support the development of diverse and sustainable tourism experiences through investments in tourism infrastructure, experience and product development, visitor-use management, and capacity building initiatives. Application intake for this program will open in Fall 2022.
Other Sources of Funding
Non-tourism specific sources of funding include the following:
Economic Development funding and grants search tool - use this tool to search various funding sources for provincial and other (non-governmental, regional, federal) programs and initiatives.
B.C. Employer Training Grant (ETG) is for employers to train new or existing employees for jobs that need to be filled.
Regional Economic Trusts - the Economic Trusts are mandated to stimulate economic development in the targeted sectors of forestry, transportation, tourism, mining, energy, economic development, agriculture, and small business.
Destination British Columbia has a number of resources and opportunities available to assist you in growing and developing tourism in your region.
- Consumer and Industry Programs
- Regions, Communities and Sectors
- Guides, Workshops and Webinars
- Visitor Services Network
BC Tourism Resiliency Network: provides BC tourism businesses with meaningful, one-on-one support to navigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, adapt and work towards eventual recovery.
The Climate Preparedness and Adaptation Strategy: preparing for climate change strengthens the sector’s ability to respond to extreme events like wildfires, flooding and heatwaves, as well as more gradual changes like water shortages and sea level rise.
Tourism Emergency Management Committee (TEMC)
TEMC was established to help ensure:
- safety of visitors in B.C.
- viability of tourism businesses and
- reputation of B.C. as a safe and welcoming destination
TEMC created a Tourism Emergency Management Framework that supports four emergency management pillars: mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery.
TEMC includes representatives from government as well as the tourism industry, including:
- Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport
- Tourism Industry Association of BC
- Destination BC
- Emergency Management BC
- Regional Destination Management Organizations
- B.C. Destination Marketing Organizations Association
- Indigenous Tourism BC