Kenora MP Eric Melillo is lobbying the federal government for more help, as resorts and lodges face significant shortfalls this season. He says an extension of wage subsidy programs beyond June will help.
"Everyone is in agreement we have to continue to do what we can to stop the spread. It's been working, but that doesn't change the fact that these businesses have been falling through the cracks," Melillo said Friday.
The federal wage subsidy program is set to end June 6.
According to Finance Canada, the subsidy generally covers 75 per cent of an employee's wages – up to $847 per week - for employers of all sizes and across all sectors, who have suffered a drop in gross revenues of at least 15 per cent in March, and 30 per cent in April and May.
The program is currently meant to be in place for a 12-week period, from March 15 to June 6, 2020.
While fishing and hunting is still allowed by the province, public health measures -- including travel restrictions -- are expected to dampen tourism numbers this year.
Melillo notes there are currently no plans to reopen the international border with the United States and Minnesota.
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