Regional Tourism Partnership Agreement

Entente de partenariat régional en tourisme (EPRT)

Funder

Ministère du Tourisme et des Loisirs

Program Type

Project

Deadline

Varies by region

Type of Aid

Grant

Financial Aid

50-80%

Description

This program reflects the common goal of the Ministry and regional tourism associations to work with local partners and businesses to carry out regional tourism development projects.

The 2016-2020 Regional Tourism Partnership Agreements have been renewed for 2020-2021 and 2021-2022. As part of these renewed agreements, two components are proposed to support tourism businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic., whereas a third component is intended for collective projects demonstrating financial benefits for businesses in several regions or sectors. The projects submitted must be structuring and contribute to renewing and improving the region's tourism offering. They must promote the achievement of the following objectives:

1) Stimulate the regional economy by maintaining a quality tourism offer, developing an innovative tourism offer or developing new niches for tourism businesses.

2) Promote the development of an original and complementary tourism offer that respects sustainable development.

Section 1: Support to small- and medium-sized tourism businesses for the opening of the 2020 season

Eligible projects must seek to make the space dedicated to the tourism clientele and employees of eligible tourism businesses compliant with the health plans proposed by the Government of Quebec or a partner of the latter.

Section 2: Support for collective projects to help small- and medium-sized tourism businesses adapt to new health realities

Eligible projects must benefit several tourism businesses that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. These businesses may belong to one or more different tourism sectors and be located in one or more tourism regions in Quebec. The projects must constitute an innovative business solution aimed at improving the customer experience as well as remote management and sales. They must generate quantifiable financial benefits and be driven by:

A regional tourism association

A sectoral tourism association

An agent recognized by the Ministry of Tourism

A combination of the above


Section 3: Support for projects to develop and structure the tourism offer

Projects must fit into one of the following seven categories (including more substantial projects that adapt to the new COVID-19 health context, which are also eligible under each of these categories):

1) Attractions, activities and equipment: This category refers to all the elements making up the tourist offer of a territory.

2) Studies: Financial assistance may be granted for studies that require specific expertise in order to increase the development of the tourism offer and to validate the financial viability of a project. The project under study must support regional priorities and generate benefits for the development of the territory's tourism industry. The mandate must be carried out by a consulting firm or a recognized organization in the tourism and/or economic field, following a call for bids.

3) Structuring of the regional tourism offer: In order to support the regional priorities for the development of the tourism offer, one-time financial assistance may be granted to structuring projects in the region. The theme of the project must be representative of the region and generate benefits for the territory of more than one regional county municipality as well as for several businesses. The project may be coordinated by the regional tourism association or by any other entity recognized and accepted by the management committee, and it must receive financial support from various organizations or businesses in the territory.

4) Accommodations: The project submitted must make it possible to structure a particular territory, raise the quality level of the accommodation sector, extend the promoter's period of attendance or offer new services adapted to the clientele.

5) Festivals and events: Financial assistance may be provided for festivals and events deemed to be regionally significant.

6) Consulting Services: Financial assistance may be granted for the hiring of a consultant offering coaching or consulting services aimed at the adoption of better business practices, the development of workforce skills, improving the quality of customer service or coaching in the development of a new project or activity.

7) Digital development of a company: Financial assistance may be granted for the digital development of a company to increase virtual or digital interactions with customers in order to reduce physical contact and health risks, while enhancing their experience.

Criteria

  • The specific criteria, regional adaptations and eligible and ineligible costs are detailed in the promoter's guide, available from the regional tourism association of each tourism region
  • Depending on the component, a down payment and maximum government assistance may apply
  • A financial assistance agreement must be signed between the proponent whose project is selected and the regional tourism association managing the region's Regional Tourism Partnership Agreement
  • Financial assistance granted for a construction project of $100,000 or more is subject to the obligation to proceed with a public call for bids for the awarding of a construction contract
  • When the recipient of funding is a municipal body, it is subject to the legislative and regulatory provisions governing the awarding of contracts
  • For any contract, the bidder must hold a licence issued under the Building Act (RLRQ, chapter B-1.1) and be qualified to carry out a construction contract
  • All construction or expansion projects are subject to the Government of Quebec's Art and Architecture Integration Policy if:
  • The project cost is $150,000 or more

  • The building or site is open to the public, in whole or in part, for information, recreation or to obtain a good or service.

  • Financial assistance of $100,000 or more granted to an not-for-profit organization with more than 100 employees must include the obligation for the organization to commit to implementing an equal access program that complies with the Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms

Eligible Expenses

  • Determined by individual regional tourism associations

Supporting Documents

  • Required documents may vary depending on the section of the program and the tourism region, but generally include the following:
  • Business plan

  • Financial statements for the last two completed fiscal years

  • Detailed projected financial statements for the first three years of operation

  • Letters patent or articles of incorporation

  • Confirmation from the Ministry of Culture and Communications regarding the application Art and Architecture Integration Policy for Government and Public Buildings and Sites

  • List of authorizations, attestations, certificates or permits required by a law, regulation, etc.

  • Copy of the bid specifications for study or consulting services projects