The Tourism and Hospitality Recovery Program provides support through wage and rent subsidies to businesses who received revenues from tourism, hospitality and recreation activities prior to the pandemic. Examples of eligible businesses include hotels, tour operators, travel agencies, restaurants and organizations that plan and host festivals or live performances. An applicant can receive a maximum subsidy rate of up to 75 per cent.
Most recent update:
Applications are open for the THRP.
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How the program is administered: Once a business meets the criteria of the THRP, they are eligible for help covering wages and rent through the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy and the Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy. Claim periods will continue to be 4 weeks long, with applications typically opening the day after the claim period has ended.
Amount businesses can receive: The subsidy will be available on a sliding scale (with a maximum amount of 75%) for businesses that can demonstrate a revenue loss up until May 7, 2022.
Program duration: October 24, 2021, to May 7, 2022
How to apply: Through the CRA MBa, Represent a Client or Web Forms. Applications must be made for each period.
When to apply: Businesses need to apply for the subsidies after the claim period has passed.
Application deadline: 180 days after the end of the claim period.
Eligibility criteria: See the FAQ below for details.
How to calculate: See the FAQ below for details.
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The THRP provides a new set of eligibility criteria for businesses within the hospitality, tourism, and adjacent sectors to access funding through CEWS and CERS. Previously, all businesses were eligible for CEWS and CERS providing they met the eligibility criteria; THRP narrows the eligibility to target the support of certain sectors.
If your business is in the tourism, hospitality, arts, entertainment and/or recreation sector, and you meet the following 3 conditions, you may qualify for the THRP:
- More than 50% of your total eligible revenue for the prior reference periods for claim periods 1 to 13 (excluding either period 10 or 11) comes from one or more of the tourism, arts, recreation etc. activities this program supports.
- Your 12-month average revenue drop from March 2020 to February 2021 is at least 40%
- Your revenue drop for the claim period is at least 40%
The maximum subsidy amount is 75%, available to businesses with at least a 75% revenue reduction.
The list below is based on what is in the legislation and what we have heard from CRA and CFIB members.
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|operating or managing an airport, including:
|operating or managing an amusement or theme park, including:
|operating or managing amusement arcades, such as:
|operating or managing serviced or unserviced sites to accommodate campers and their equipment for:
||mobile home sites|
|operating or managing a casino|
|providing charter bus services, if:
|operating or managing facilities that are primarily engaged in exhibiting motion pictures, such as:
|operating a facility allowing passengers to board and leave a cruise ship|
|organizing, promoting, hosting, supporting or participating in events that meet the artistic or cultural interests of patrons, such as:
|operating or managing a duty-free retail store at a land border crossing where the only exit route is to the United States|
|operating or managing facilities providing short-term lodging, such as:
||Businesses supplying products/services to short-term lodging facilities|
|operating or managing:
|preserving and exhibiting objects, sites and natural wonders of historical, cultural or educational value, such as operating:
|promoting the interests of the members of an industry organization or association, it the members are primarily engaged in activities described in this list.|
|operating or managing overnight recreational camps, such as:
|operating or managing a facility or providing services that enable patrons to participate in recreational activities, including:
||Operating or managing one of these facilities, or providing services that enable patrons to participate in one of these recreational activities:
|preparing and serving meals, snacks and beverages made to order for immediate consumption on or off the premises, such as:
||facilities primarily engaged in retailing food or beverage products, such as:
|organizing, promoting or supporting scenic and sightseeing tours, such as:
|promoting a destination or region in Canada for the purpose of attracting tourism|
|organizing, planning, promoting, hosting or supporting events such as:
Apply anyways and CRA will call you back to tell you if you should be in a different stream (Hardest-Hit Business Recovery Program or Canada Recovery Hiring Program). Note that this process will add a review/delay to your application.
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What is CFIB advocating for on THRP?
What we have achieved:
What we're pushing for:
- Include new businesses that started after the pandemic began in all business support programs
- Return the wage and rent subsidies to the levels used in spring 2021: available to all businesses on a sliding scale as a percentage of their revenue losses to a maximum of 75%.
- Further broadening the definition of businesses to ensure those who supply and/or rely on the tourism industry are included in the THRP.
How you can help:
- Join our push for better relief measures by signing our COVID-19 petition.
To see more about what CFIB has achieved during COVID, please see our Federal page.
Our primary concern at CFIB is making sure you have the support you need to get through this uncertain and challenging time. We provide you with expert advice and ensure that you have all of the latest information on government announcements and available support.