Businesses in the tourism sector are being given an opportunity to discuss the impacts COVID-19 has had on the local economy.
The province’s Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs are meeting for the first time today via ZOOM for a series of public hearings – to hear from the tourism industry about what they believe the government can do to help them survive the pandemic.
In an interview with MyMuskokaNow, MPP for Parry Sound-Muskoka, Norm Miller says he’s encouraging businesses across the district to take part.
“Tourism businesses are some of the hardest hit, and I want to make sure the government hears from them. If you’re a summer camp and you don’t operate at all, you have no revenue or if you’re a seasonal resort or housekeeping cabin – it’s just a huge hit for you so, I want to make sure the government hears that.”
The hearings will run all the way until June 22 – excluding weekends and will feature oral presentations from businesses in the tourism sector.
Miller says the impact of COVID-19 has had far-reaching implications on these businesses.
“You have festivals that are closed completely, or summer camps, resorts, lodges, housekeeping cottages are all going to take a hit. For a lot of those businesses, this is really about survival.”
Those who were unable to meet the deadline but wish to comment on the sector can send their written submission by 5:00 p.m. on June 22.