There is such a thing as a free lunch – well a half-price one, if the Tories get elected.
Conservative leader Erin O’Toole released his plan Wednesday to get the hospitality and tourism sectors “back to work.”
“The COVID-19 pandemic has had a disastrous effect on Canada’s tourism and hospitality sectors,” said O’Toole.
“A Conservative government will act quickly to recover the one million jobs lost during the pandemic and help these businesses get back on their feet.”
Nestled within Canada’s Recovery Plan, the Tories will introduce the “Dine and Discover” program in order to target these industries. The initiative will:
- Provide a 50% rebate for food and non-alcoholic drinks purchased for dine-in from Monday to Wednesday for one month. Modelled on a similar program in the United Kingdom, this is intended to encourage people to get back into restaurants on days of the week when restaurants tend to have excess capacity. The customer will immediately receive the rebate, which will appear directly on the bill. Businesses will receive their rebate from the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA).
- Launch the Explore and Support Canada initiative with a 15% tax credit for vacation expenses of up to $1,000 per person in order to “encourage Canadians to vacation in 2022.” Eligible expenses include accommodations, restaurant meals, entree fees to attractions, and travel costs.
- Eliminate the Liberal escalator tax on alcohol.
“We will help Canadians deal with the rising cost of living, while supporting those who work in our hospitality sector,” said O’Toole.
Access to services included in O’Toole’s initiative will not be available to those who have not received the COVID-19 vaccine in several parts of the country, as ordered by their respective provincial health authorities.
Reid Small is a BC correspondent for the Western Standard