Financial Resources

Economic impact

Halifax’s tourism industry is critical to the health of our economy and community.

  • 4,000 businesses in the tourism industry across 210+ communities in the Halifax region
  • 34,000 people work in tourism
  • Entry-level jobs and transferrable skills for youth
  • 5.3 million overnight stays come to Halifax each year
  • $1.3 billion in economic spending, locally


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Business Navigators

Business Navigators with Halifax Partnership are available to help you Monday to Friday, 8 am – 5 pm at 1-844-628-7347, 902-424-4475. Email:

Contact us

Please feel free to reach out to Discover Halifax, directly, to discuss your concerns regarding impacts and recovery for the tourism industry:

Financial resources for businesses impacted by COVID-19

Discover Halifax has compiled a list of available resources and financial support available to businesses and individuals through the Government of Canada and the Province of Nova Scotia.

We are continuing to monitor this situation closely and partner with organizations to help provide you with the information you need to deal with impacts from novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Assistance for tourism operators, small businesses or organizations

The federal government has created the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF) to address the gaps left by other support measures. This includes $110 million to support affected Atlantic Canadian businesses and communities. Businesses in sectors that are critical to the resilience and survival of Atlantic Canada’s economy, including tourism, may be given priority.

The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) and the Atlantic Association of Community Business Development Corporations (CBDCs) are distributing the RRRF in Atlantic Canada. If you’re a tourism operator, small business, or organization in need of pressing assistance, please contact the regional development agencies (RDAs) for assistance with federal funding and services.

Federal support for businesses

The Government of Canada has announced several support options for Canadian businesses impacted by COVID-19 pandemic:

» You can access more information and a list of available programs for individuals and businesses on the government’s website.

Provincial support for businesses

The province announced several support options for local businesses:

» You can access more details on the Province of Nova Scotia’s website.

Tourism resources

The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety has a series of Tip Sheets with pandemic guidance for a variety of businesses including retail, restaurants and food services as well as a variety of others.

If you work in the accommodation or restaurant sector, please review operational considerations for COVID-19 management provided by the World Health Organization (WHO).

The Halifax Chamber of Commerce has created a toolkit detailing a five-step approach to help businesses prepare for safe operation with COVID-19. Read the Reopening Business in Halifax Toolkit for the 5 most important ways you can prepare to reopen your business. You may also want to check out their helpful list of Personal Protective Equipment.

Halifax Partnership has created a number of resources to help businesses in any sector reopen. This includes a downloadable COVID Prevention Plan Template that can be filled in according to your business needs and help you safely reopen.

Businesses and event organizers should refer to the Province of Nova Scotia’s guidelines for event gatherings. For support planning safe, in-person meetings, please visit