2020 Provincial Budget Highlights

September 30th, 2020

The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador released the 2020 budget today at the House of Assembly, and Hospitality NL was on hand to learn of the details prior to the Budget Speech.

Budget highlights and commitments of particular relevance to tourism operators include the following:

Living with COVID-19

  • For small businesses and community
    organizations, a $30 million COVID-19
    Small Business Assistance Program is being
    introduced. It will be retroactive and help offset
    expenses and innovation incurred due to the
    pandemic. (Hospitality NL’s understanding is that this is not stackable with Tourism and Hospitality Support Program)

Business and Sector Development

  • Almost $17 million for research and
    development, commercialization and business
    development.
  • Almost $10 million for regional and sectoral
    economic development initiatives.
  • $8.5 million to support investment attraction.

Tourism, Arts and Culture

  • Almost $13 million for tourism marketing.
    Eligibility under the Tourism and Hospitality
    Support Program will be expanded to include
    our professional artists and musicians that have
    been impacted by COVID-19.
  • $4 million to support film and television
    production.
  • $3.45 million for the Cultural Economic
    Development Program.
  • $1 million in additional funding for ArtsNL,
    which brings the annual provincial investment
    to more than $3.9 million.
  • Craft brewers will benefit from $1 million in discounts.

Transportation

  • Budget 2020 allocates more than $190 million in
    investments to improve the transportation network
    in Newfoundland and Labrador:

    • More than $165 million for provincial highways
      and bridges, including $39.8 million for the
      Trans-Labrador Highway.
    • $15 million for marine infrastructure.
    • $4.6 million to replace heavy equipment for
      winter highway maintenance.
    • $2 million for brush clearing along provincial
      highways.
    • $400,000 to complete an engineering study on
      the scope and replacement costs of the wharf in
      Lewisporte to help inform future infrastructure
      investments.
    • $200,000 for a pre-feasibility study for a
      road to the north, which could potentially link
      northern communities to the rest of Labrador.

Taxation

  • No increase in personal or corporate business tax

There are over 2,700 tourism-related businesses, with 9% of all jobs in the province relating to tourism industries. Tourism spending normally generates over $1.1 billion annually. Through the public-private partnership of the NL Tourism Board – Hospitality NL and industry partners continue to work together, with a focus on alignment and collaboration. As the provincial tourism industry association, Hospitality Newfoundland and Labrador is committed to working collaboratively with all tourism stakeholders to grow tourism and drive the industry to produce a brighter, more sustainable future.

Hospitality Newfoundland and Labrador continues to analyze Budget 2020, seeking specific details and clarity on measures impacting tourism operators. For further information, please contact Hospitality NL’s Manager of Advocacy and Communications, Shanelle Clowe at sclowe@hnl.ca.

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