Initially introduced within the provincial price range earlier this 12 months, the Ontario authorities has formally launched the brand new Vineyard Agri-Tourism COVID-19 Aid Initiative.
The fund of $10 million might be distributed to Ontario wineries and cideries with on-site shops whose enterprise had been impacted by COVID-19 security measures to cease the unfold of the virus.
Companies that noticed a income decline in at the very least one space of their operations, akin to decreased tourism, excursions, occasions and tastings, or have confronted elevated bills to adjust to public well being security measures for COVID-19 might be eligible to obtain help.
“Ontario’s wineries and cideries have told us their businesses are being hit hard by the economic impacts of this pandemic and the cancellation of large events and tours,” says Lisa Thompson, Minister of Agriculture, Meals and Rural Affairs. “With this announcement, our government is taking
the necessary steps to provide these businesses with the support they need to continue operating, recover and to maintain these good jobs in the agri-food sector.”
The one-time grant might be administered by Agricorp. Agricorp will ship functions for this system straight to eligible wineries and cideries on July 20, 2021.