Richards Report – May 18, 2017 – Celebrating Tourism in Canada

Celebrating Tourism in Canada

Canada’s tourism sector is an important contributor to our country’s economy. It is a $90 billion industry that employs more than 1.7 million Canadians in every region and is important to every community across the country.

That is why every year at this time we celebrate Tourism Week in Canada. This grassroots initiative is designed to bring attention to the many benefits of tourism in the Canadian economy and highlight opportunities for industry and government to continue working together to further expand this growing sector.

We know first-hand here in our constituency how important tourism is for the local economy. But did you know that tourism helps to support more than 178,000 businesses across Canada from coast-to-coast-to-coast?

Over the last several years, I have had the opportunity to travel across the country to meet with stakeholders and learn about the key issues, opportunities, and challenges of their local tourism sectors. Collaboration between tourism partners and all levels of government is important in order to seize opportunities and continue to build on the ongoing success of the industry.

As we celebrate Tourism Week, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the local tourism operators and workers in the hospitality industry for the hard work they do to make our constituency such a welcoming place to visit. People from all over the world visit our communities and are treated to first-class experiences that they will remember for a lifetime.

I would also like to acknowledge that May 23 – 28 was the 3rd annual Canadian RVing and Camping Week, which encourages Canadians to get out and enjoy the great outdoors and the RV and camping lifestyle. Participating campgrounds across the country offered discounted rates along with special events, activities, and a fundraising initiative for Make-A-Wish® Canada. Last year, $20,000 was raised to help grant wishes for children with critical illnesses.

Campgrounds play an important role in Canada’s tourism industry. They provide unique, inexpensive ways for individuals and families to enjoy the great outdoors. But, unfortunately, the Liberal government has decided that some campgrounds in Canada are not “active” businesses and therefore no longer qualify for the small business tax deduction. This means that they will be forced to pay more than three times as much tax as other small businesses, if they have less than five full-time, year-round employees.

Because of this decision, many campgrounds could be forced to close down. Please visit http://www.blakerichards.ca/have-your-say/have-your-say-campground-taxes/ to help me put pressure on the Liberals to reverse this and ensure that the campground industry in Canada remains strong.