Last spring, Bonnie View Inn was one of many tourism businesses to receive funding from the Ontario’s Highlands Tourism Organization (OHTO)’s through their Tourism Recovery & Innovation Program (TRIP) Capital Projects stream. Funded by the Government of Canada through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario, this program provided up to 80 per cent of the total capital project costs for tourism operators making adaptations because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Located in Haliburton Highlands, Bonnie View Inn has been operating since the 1940s and when COVID restrictions eliminated indoor dining, in some ways the inn was in good shape. A patio (previously a ‘boatel’) offered a place for diners to eat outdoors, even if spacing was limited.
The TRIP Capital Projects provided $20,000 towards costs to increase patio space, improve the layout of the patio to free up additional space, and improve the quality of the food they were able to offer from the patio. In total, they were able to add space for another 30 people to dine outdoors by purchasing tables, umbrellas, a new canopy, a barbecue and the lumber to extend the patio.
With a fabulous view of the water from the patio, it wasn’t long before word of the new amenities and outdoor dining area spread in Haliburton. As a result, Bonnie View Inn’s patio was hopping all summer long.
“We were busy all summer long…unless it was poor weather, we didn’t have a slow day,” said Ryan.
Overall, Ryan found the funding application and approval process was stress-free and easy to navigate.
“It was pretty straightforward,” said Ryan. “It didn’t make us feel like we were having to jump through a bunch of hoops and we received responses to the application quickly.”
About OHTO’s Tourism Recovery & Innovation Program – Capital Projects Stream
The TRIP-Capital Grants stream is geared specifically to small to medium-sized tourism businesses to offset up to 80% of eligible capital expenses incurred to modify operations to a maximum of $20,000 in non-repayable funding, including expenses incurred back to June 1, 2020.
For more information about other available OHTO funding programs, please visit comewander.ca/programs.
About FedDev Ontario
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