Province Provides Funding Support to Haliburton-Highlands Region Tourism Organization

Haliburton – Today, Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries, joined Laurie Scott, MPP for Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock, John Yakabuski, MPP for Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke, and Daryl Kramp, MPP for Hastings-Lennox and Addington to announce local tourism support for Haliburton-Highlands to the Ottawa Valley Regional Tourism.

“Ontario and the Haliburton-Highlands to the Ottawa Valley Region have many tourism attractions and programs within their local communities.” said Minister MacLeod. “These organizations were hit the hardest, and our government is committed to supporting these local agencies as they work through and overcome the effects of COVID-19.”

Our government is committed to continuing its work with our province’s tourism and arts sectors to ensure that as the economy gradually reopens, Ontario will be in the best position to welcome the world back to our province.

“Haliburton and the surrounding area is one of the most photographed regions in our province and is a brilliant jewel in the natural beauty within Ontario,” said Laurie Scott, MPP Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock. “The provincial funding announced today will help support the families and businesses who work in the local tourism sector which has been hampered this year by the impact of COVID-19.”

The province is investing over $350,000 in local festivals and events through the Celebrate Ontario program to help reinvigorate our province’s $36 billion tourism industry that supports over 400,000 jobs.

“We are very grateful for the additional financial support extended to our region from the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries,” said Nicole Whiting, Executive Director of Ontario’s Highlands Tourism Organization (RTO 11). “Our communities are surrounded by world class natural assets, but it is the character of our people that brings our natural environment and our rich culture and heritage to life.  The investments made will help to preserve an incredible legacy of collaboration, creativity and resilience.”

Through the Ontario Arts Council, Ontario Trillium Foundation, Ontario Creates and other granting programs, the Province has also provided over $2.9 million in funding to the tourism attractions within the regional tourism organization 11.

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