QUEEN’S PARK – Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett highlighted the importance of the tourism industry and how the government is assisting it – including investments in Haldimand and Norfolk – during Question Period in the Ontario Legislature.

Barrett started by saying how 2020 has been hard on the tourism industry, how it was the first industry hit and expected to be the last to recover, before asking Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport Lisa MacLeod what the government has done to assist.

MacLeod said the $75-billion tourism industry lost $20 billion in four months and the government is taking the issue seriously.

In his supplementary question, Barrett mentioned how he met MacLeod at Her Majesty’s Royal Chapel of the Mohawks during her tour of rural parts of the province during the summer. He stressed the safety protocols tourist attractions have put in place during COVID to enhance safety.

“We invested over $600,000 in Celebrate Ontario funding for 14 different festivals in the southwestern region, including $27,000 to the Norfolk County Fair and $15,000 for the Hagersville music festival,” MacLeod said. “We recognize that those festivals couldn’t continue on, but we want to make sure their position next year, when we finally get out of COVID-19, is that they’re there.”

For more information, contact Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett at 519-428-0446 or toby.barrett@pc.ola.org

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