Tourism Accommodation and Commercial Recreation Relief Fund

Last updated: January 14, 2022

BC is providing funding to help offset certain fixed costs for large accommodation providers and tourism-based commercial recreation businesses operating on Crown land or in BC Parks.

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How the Fund Works

The Tourism Accommodation and Commercial Recreation Relief Fund responds to the Tourism Task Force’s recommendation to provide relief from fixed costs like property taxes, BC Hydro fees and Crown tenure and park permit fees.

One-time grants to offset certain fixed costs are available for:

  • Large accommodation providers
  • Tourism-based commercial recreation businesses operating on Crown land or in BC Parks

To be eligible for this grant, businesses must:

  • Be majority-owned by one or more B.C. residents
  • Not owe any tax payments from before the 2020 tax year
  • Not have permanently ceased operations
    • Businesses that are seasonal or temporarily closed are eligible

Funding will be awarded in 3 streams:

  • Property tax relief for large accommodation providers
  • BC Hydro cost relief for Indigenous-owned large accommodation providers operating on reserve
  • Relief of fees for rent under Land Act Tenures or Park Use Permits for tourism-based commercial recreation operators

Before applying, you should review the eligibility requirements, detailed application guidance and required documentation for your preferred stream. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

You can only apply for one stream, even if you are eligible under multiple streams. Businesses with multiple locations can only receive one grant.

Organizations That Can’t Apply for This Grant

The following types of organizations are not eligible for grant funding under this program:

  • Non-profit organizations
  • Educational institutions
  • Indoor recreation facilities
  • Major resorts and golf courses with Crown land rent based on revenue-sharing


Stream 1: Property Tax Relief for Large Accommodation Providers

Large accommodation providers can receive a grant to cover up to 25% of their 2021 property taxes, up to a maximum of $500,000.

For multi-use facilities, the grant amount will be calculated based on the proportion of property tax paid with respect to the accommodation.

Determine Your Eligibility

Eligible applicants in this stream include:

  • Hotels
  • Motels
  • Resorts
  • Lodges
  • Strata hotels

To be eligible, your business must:

  • Employ 150 or more people for at least four months of the year
    • Consider the total number of workers employed for at least 4 months in 2019, including part-time, seasonal and contract workers
  • Operate on land that you own
  • Pay property tax

How to Apply

  1. Complete the online application form
  2. Upload all required supporting documentation

You must submit your completed application and supporting documentation by 11:59 pm on February 14, 2022. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

What You Need to Prove What You Should Upload
Your business is majority-owned by one or more BC residents Either of:
  • Central Securities Register
  • Schedule 50 Shareholder Information
If residence is not clearly stated on your ownership documents, also provide BC driver's licenses or BC Services Cards for each individual owner. You should also provide the registration number from your BC Registry statement of incorporation, partnership or sole proprietorship. If you do not have one, you can upload your T1-T2125 Statement of Professional Business Activities instead.
Your tenure or permit is currently in good standing The file number for your:
  • Land Act Tenure
  • Park Use Permit
How many people your business employed prior to the COVID-19 pandemic 2019 T4 Summary of Remuneration Paid
You are current with your taxes 2020 Notice of Assessment from the Canada Revenue Agency


Stream 2: BC Hydro Cost Relief for Indigenous-Owned Large Accommodation Providers Operating on Reserve

Indigenous-owned large accommodation providers can receive a grant to cover up to 100% of their BC Hydro costs for 2021, up to a maximum of $200,000.

For multi-use facilities, the grant amount will be calculated based on the proportion of BC Hydro costs paid with respect to the accommodation.

Determine Your Eligibility

Eligible applicants in this stream include:

  • Hotels
  • Motels
  • Resorts
  • Lodges
  • Strata hotels

To be eligible, your business must:

  • Employ 100 or more people for at least four months of the year
    • Consider the total number of workers employed for at least 4 months in 2019, including part-time, seasonal and contract workers
  • Be majority-owned by one or more Indigenous people who live in B.C.
  • Be located on reserve

How to Apply

  1. Complete the online application form
  2. Upload all required supporting documentation

You must submit your completed application and supporting documentation by 11:59 pm on February 14, 2022. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

What You Need to Prove What You Should Upload
Your business is majority-owned by one or more BC residents Either of:
  • Central Securities Register
  • Schedule 50 Shareholder Information
If residence is not clearly stated on your ownership documents, also provide BC driver's licenses or BC Services Cards for each individual owner. You should also provide the registration number from your BC Registry statement of incorporation, partnership or sole proprietorship. If you do not have one, you can upload your T1-T2125 Statement of Professional Business Activities instead.
Your tenure or permit is currently in good standing The file number for your:
  • Land Act Tenure
  • Park Use Permit
How many people your business employed prior to the COVID-19 pandemic 2019 T4 Summary of Remuneration Paid
You are current with your taxes 2020 Notice of Assessment from the Canada Revenue Agency


Stream 3: Relief of Fees for Rent under Land Act Tenures or Park Use Permits for Tourism-Based Commercial Recreation Operators

Tourism operators that hold commercial recreation Land Act Tenures or Park Use Permits in good standing can receive a grant to cover 100% of fees paid for rent on invoices with payment due dates between May 1, 2021 and April 30, 2022.

Determine Your Eligibility

Eligible applicants in this stream include businesses that:

  • Offer commercial recreation activities to visitors on Crown land
  • Operate with commercial recreation Land Act Tenures or Park Use Permits
    • Businesses that offer commercial recreation under both a Land Act Tenure and a Park Use Permit may apply for relief for both
  • Are in good standing and have been or will be invoiced with payment due dates between May 1, 2021 and April 30, 2022
Eligible commercial recreation businesses are those that offer these activities primarily to visitors:
  • Adventure guiding
    • Wildlife viewing
    • Hunting and fishing
    • Mountaineering
    • Horseback riding
    • Off-road vehicle touring
    • White-water rafting
    • Heli-skiing
  • Small destination resorts like guest ranches or ecotourism lodges offering self-guided recreation (for example, boat or mountain bike rentals)
  • Campgrounds (excluding those owned by BC Parks)
  • Outdoor recreation “parks” offering activities like waterslides and zip-lines
Businesses are not eligible if they primarily provide any of the following services, even if they also offer commercial recreation activities:
  • Transportation
    • Vehicle or watercraft rentals
    • Marinas
    • Private yacht clubs
  • Accommodation
    • Hotels
    • Motels
    • B&Bs
  • Food and beverage service
    • Restaurants
    • Pubs
    • Wineries
    • Farmers' markets
  • Travel services
    • Offices or kiosks for booking travel arrangements
  • The program only pertains to fees paid for rent for commercial recreation operators with Land Act Tenures or Park Use Permits who have been invoiced or will be invoiced with payment due dates between May 1, 2021, and April 30, 2022
  • Grants are only paid upon payment in full of Eligible Invoice amounts on or before April 30, 2022 (for those on payment plans, see bullet below)
  • While applications for this program must be received by February 14, 2022, if your Eligible Invoice amount is not due by that time, you can still apply for the grant by February 14, 2022
    • Any grant approval will be on condition that you pay your Eligible Invoice in full on its due date, after which the grant funds will be released to you
  • If you have an Eligible Invoice and have a payment plan, you can still apply for the grant by February 14, 2022
    • Any grant approval will be on condition that you pay your Eligible Invoice in full or in part on or before April 30, 2022, after which the grant funds, in the amount of the Eligible Invoice actually paid by you, will be released to you
  • The program only pertains to fees for rent which only includes the minimum fees, or fees set by the Province, as set out in the Crown Tenure or Park Use Permit
    • This does not include taxes, interest on payment plans, or revenue sharing rent such as for “Client Day” fees for adventure guiding or royalties payable under any Crown Tenure or Park Use Permit

How to Apply

  1. Complete the online application form
  2. Upload all required supporting documentation

You must submit your completed application and supporting documentation by 11:59 pm on February 14, 2022. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

What You Need to Prove What You Should Upload
Your business is majority-owned by one or more BC residents Either of:
  • Central Securities Register
  • Schedule 50 Shareholder Information
If residence is not clearly stated on your ownership documents, also provide BC driver's licenses or BC Services Cards for each individual owner. You should also provide the registration number from your BC Registry statement of incorporation, partnership or sole proprietorship. If you do not have one, you can upload your T1-T2125 Statement of Professional Business Activities instead.
Your tenure or permit is currently in good standing The file number for your:
  • Land Act Tenure
  • Park Use Permit
How many people your business employed prior to the COVID-19 pandemic 2019 T4 Summary of Remuneration Paid
You are current with your taxes 2020 Notice of Assessment from the Canada Revenue Agency


Funding Decisions and Payment

You will receive a decision on your grant application by March 31, 2022. All decisions are final and are at the sole discretion of the provincial government.

Once you’ve received a decision, you are welcome to contact the Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport to discuss the information on your notification letter. You are not able to request that the ministry reconsider its decision regarding an application.

Payments

If you are awarded funding, payment will be made by electronic funds transfer (EFT) or cheque.

Your Agreement with the Ministry

Successful applicants will receive a grant letter from the Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport.

Organizations awarded grant funds may also be subject to post-payment audits to ensure compliance with the fund guidelines. Providing incorrect or misleading information in your application may result in grant funds becoming repayable to the ministry.


I Need Help

If you have questions about this program, email the Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport: .