B.C.’s COVID-19 Response: Destination Development Grants

Report cover page showing a forest and a dock at the Goose Lake recreation site
May 30, 2023

In 2020, B.C.’s tourism sector was devastated by COVID-19-related closures and nearly two-thirds of people working in the industry lost their jobs. In response, the Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport quickly designed and launched the $41.4-million Destination Development grant program, supporting 106 tourism-related projects across the province.

We looked at whether the ministry administered the grants according to government transfer payment policy and program guidelines.