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Ontario sees nearly $17.5-billion loss in tourism sector amid COVID-19: Tourism Minister

Lisa MacLeod says the industry has seen a significant hit as a result of the pandemic.
2019-02-08 Lisa MacLeod
Ontario MPP for Nepean Lisa MacLeod. Photo/ Lisa MacLeod on Twitter

Ontario has seen a significant drop in revenue in the tourism sector due to COVID-19.

Tourism Minister and Nepean MPP Lisa MacLeod says the $75-billion a year sector has already lost nearly $17.5-billion and believes it could get worse.

"The longer this goes on, the tougher it is going to be on the third largest economy in the City of Ottawa," MacLeod explains.

Canada Day celebrations on Parliament Hill have already gone virtual, and many events have already been cancelled throughout the summer.

MacLeod also previously announced that the province's tourism development fund has been expanded to include tourism recovery as well. 

The fund has been tripled from $500,000 to $1.5-million.

Meanwhile, MacLeod says she has a ten-point plan to assist culture, sport and heritage. She also announced $100-million in spending for heritage and culture last week.


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