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2019 Successes

posted on May 10, 2019

2019 Successes



  • $5 million to Destination Canada (DC) for domestic marketing
  • Maintaining core funding for DC at $95.5 million
  • The creation of a seventh Economic Strategy Table dedicated to tourism signals that the government is taking the sector seriously as a driver of economic growth in Canada
  • Two extensive funds to support arts and festivals
  • $16 million over two years, to the Canada Arts Presentation Fund to support not-for-profit professional performing arts organizations in all regions of the country
  • Major festivals will be supported by $24 million over two years to the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage Program and the Celebration and Commemoration Program
  • Funding for Global Affairs Canada for Canada's participation in World Expo 2020, to be hosted in Dubai. This will be an opportunity to showcase Canada as a destination for trade, investment, tourism and culture, to a large international audience



  • CATSA to become an independent agency from the government
  • $78.6 million over two years for IRCC to facilitate the efficient entry of visitors
  • $42.9 million over two years for IRCC call centres to better respond to visitor inquiries
  • Increased oversight of the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) and $24.42 million over five years to expand the mandate of the Civilian Review and Complaints Commission for the RCMP



  • Student Work Placement Programwill expand and receive $631.2M over five years for work-integrated learning for students in fields outside of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) industries to support up to 20,000 new work placements
  • Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) will receive $150M over four years to increase innovative partnerships and create up to 20,000 additional job placements for student work experiences
  • $710M over 5 years for the Canada Training Benefit to help with the cost of training fees and provide an EI training support to allow workers to take time off to pursue training without risking job security
  • An EI Small Business Premium Rebate will pay employer EI premiums equal to or less than $20,000 per year who qualify for a rebate to offset the upward pressure on EI premiums resulting from the introduction of the new EI Training Support Benefit
  • Supplement Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) top-up payment by up to $947 per year for single seniors who wish to continue some work after retirement
  • Commitments in the 2019 Liberal platform to improve seasonal worker EI programs, especially in tourism-based communities
  • Commitments in the 2019 Conservative platform to support the establishment clear standards and timelines for Labour Market Impact Assessment processes and revise the zoning regions to make sure rural areas and tourism hotspots are not lumped into large geographic areas with urban hubs



  • $58.2 million over two years for regional development agencies to develop new tourism experiences through the Canadian Experiences Fund
  • Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) will receive up to $31 million over the next five years to increase the number of detector dogs deployed across the country
  • Investments of $19 million over five years to Parks Canada to update park infrastructure & develop of a new national park in the Northwest Territories
  • Tourism & culture, as well as regional and local airports will be listed as categories that are eligible for ‘Municipal top-up funds' to improve and support infrastructure in local communities
  • The extension of funding for the Canada Ferry Services contribution program to 2022 and procurement of 2 new ferries operating between Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island and Quebec
  • An investment of $1.7B over 13 years for Universal Broadband Access which will help rural, remote and indigenous tourism businesses develop market readiness
  • Expanding the rental housing finance initiative - additional $10 billion over nine years in financing through the Rental Construction Financing Initiative, extending the program until 2027–28. This will support 42,500 new units across Canada, particularly in areas of low rental supply for tourism employees
  • Commitment in the 2019 Liberal platform to create a Tourism Community Infrastructure Fund to invest $100million in the local needs of communities that rely on tourism
  • Commitments in the NDP platform to support tourism development in rural communities through regional economic development agencies