Operators of some outdoor businesses may be eligible for new government relief during the pandemic.
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Rent relief coming for some outdoor business operators
Published 11:07 PDT, Fri September 18, 2020
Last Updated: 1:27 PDT, Wed October 7, 2020
The BC government is stepping up to help eligible outdoor adventure businesses, fishing and hunting lodges, guest ranches, ecotourism lodges, seasonal campgrounds and other commercial recreation operators during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Holders of Land Act tenures and Park Act permits that are commercial recreation operators may qualify to have the annual base rent they pay to the government waived for one year. About $1.36 million has been earmarked for rent forgiveness, which benefits 592 Land Act tenure holders and 443 Park Act permit holders.
“We want to help people who own or run outdoor recreation companies, because they are important to rural economies and they’ve been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development. “By offering rent relief, we hope that they can continue to contribute to the well-being of remote communities throughout British Columbia.”
“B.C.’s tourism industry is among our province’s biggest economic drivers and has been one of the hardest hit by the pandemic. We are helping all aspects of this important industry respond, recover and work towards resiliency following COVID-19,” said Tourism Minister Lisa Beare. “This initiative will provide financial relief to eligible tenure and permit holders adversely affected by the pandemic.”