The Small Business Event Services Association (SBESA) has members who sit in a work group created for the industry and led by the Hon. Lisa MacLeod MPP, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism, and Culture Industries and Kevin Finnerty, Assistant Deputy Minister, Culture Division, Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. The Meeting and Event Spaces Work Group recently submitted a provincial proposal pleading for immediate support for our industry on April 29, 2021. The proposal was submitted to Kevin Finnerty and Tony Marzotto, Director, Tourism Policy and Research, Tourism, Culture And Sport. Some highlights of the proposal includes supporting the hardest hit, extending the Employment Standards Act (ESA) amendment until June 2022, increasing eligibility of the Ontario Small Business Support Grant, increasing eligibility of The Ontario Tourism and Hospitality Small Business Support Grant, immediately reallocating The Ontario Tourism Recovery Program fund to include meeting and event spaces, organizers of meetings and events, and suppliers of products and services to the sector, sector specific funding, and ending commercial insurance price gouging.
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