Bruce County tourism businesses get help

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Several tourism-based businesses in Bruce County are getting a boost from the county for adapting to the changing market because of COVID-19.

Back in May, Bruce County endorsed a $1.75 million investment in grants through a business sustainability fund, that included a partnership with the Ontario Tourism Innovation Lab.

Businesses were then asked to submit applications describing their plans. A total of 35 applications were submitted and of those, 11 were selected by a review jury comprised of local, regional provincial tourism leaders.

Those selected will receive grants worth $3,000 to $10,000, tourism mentorship, and digital advertising support to help them develop and implement their new business ideas.

The winning applicants are:
Ascent Aerial Park
Cape Croker Park
Cedar Grove Cottages
Duffy’s Fish & Chips
The Fitz Hostel
Folmer Gardens
Surfs Up EcoShop
Tamarac Island Inn
Thorncrest Outfitters
Tomboi Artisan Ice Cream
West Shore Clothing + Surf Shoppe

“On behalf of Bruce County Council, we want to congratulate all of the successful applicants and look forward to seeing their projects advance in support of growing the local tourism economy critically impacted from the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Bruce County Warden Mitch Twolan.

The Special Edition Bruce County ‘Spark’ Program is offered as a partnership between the Ontario Tourism Innovation Lab, Regional Tourism Organization 7, and Bruce County.