Five women-led businesses in the Kingston area received grants from the Tourism Relief Fund on Thursday, November 17, 2022. The grants are part of an investment of more than $2.7 million across 14 women-led tourism businesses women in Ontario.
According to a statement from the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), the Government of Canada is “committed to helping women entrepreneurs in the hard-hit tourism sector grow and prosper so they can become important contributors to a strong economy. ”
The Tourism Aid Fund the grants are intended to help women-led tourism businesses develop unique experiences and improve their offerings to attract visitors and strengthen their communities. The five local businesses that received the grants are:
- KPP concerts (Kingston) — $25,800 to create in-person music concerts at various venues in downtown Kingston.
- Maple Leaf Tours Inc. (Kingston) — $100,000 to develop and launch a residential school tour, including educational and interpretive components.
- Moonlight on the Bay (Tyendinaga) — $100,000 to create a visitor experience on Tyendinaga First Nation through the addition of accommodations and the development of Indigenous tourism offerings.
- The June motel (Picton) — $91,500 to expand the outdoor hall area with fire pits and furniture and create a winter activity program.
- Upside down trusses (Amherst Island) — $7,500 to improve the visitor experience through the development of a stand-alone smartphone application for Stella’s farm.
“The Government of Canada is investing in the potential of women-led businesses so they can grow, prosper and create good jobs,” said the Honorable Filomena Tassi, Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario. “Through investments through the Tourism Relief Fund, FedDev Ontario is providing women-led tourism operators…support to attract visitors, which will lead to more local businesses and an economy that works for everybody.
With Women’s Entrepreneurship Day taking place on November 19, this investment underscores the Government of Canada’s continued support for women entrepreneurs and its commitment to making investments to help women-led businesses grow and succeed. said FedDev Ontario. For more information on supported women-led tourism projects, visit the government website.