Saint John – Canada has much to offer visitors: breathtaking landscapes and wide open spaces; diverse and inclusive experiences; and welcoming people from coast to coast to coast who provide outstanding service. Combined with a strong focus on health and safety and high Covid-19 vaccination rates, Canada is among the most alluring and smartest destination choices.
The pandemic has had an undeniable impact on Canada’s tourism sector. The Government of Canada continues to help tourism businesses recover and position the industry for strong future growth.
Today, Wayne Long, Member of Parliament for Saint John–Rothesay, announced an investment of $185,000 for the City of Saint John through the Tourism Relief Fund (TRF). The announcement was made on behalf of Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Official Languages and Minister responsible for ACOA.
This investment helps support phase one of a three-phased revitalization plan for Dominion Park, a public, freshwater beach on the Saint John River. The project includes the construction of a flood-resistant structure with washrooms, staff facilities and a canteen; landscaping upgrades; change rooms; and a sunset plaza designed with better accessibility to the beach. These upgrades will help the city take advantage of the tourism potential of the park to attract more local and domestic visitors.
Launched in July 2021, the TRF was created to help organizations and businesses in the tourism sector adapt their operations to meet public health requirements, offer innovative products and services to visitors and prepare to welcome back travellers. The TRF is administered by Canada’s regional development agencies (RDAs) and Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED).
“As we recover from the pandemic, we are focused on being there for the tourism sector. With the support announced today, Dominion Park will be able to prepare for the future. This is an important step in the recovery effort as visitors rediscover the world-class tourism experiences Atlantic Canada has to offer.” – Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Official Languages and Minister responsible for ACOA