1. Coronavirus (COVID-19)
  2. Financial help and social supports
  3. Small Tourism Operators Restart Program

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Tourism Operators Restart Program

The Small Tourism Operators Restart Program provides a 1-time grant of $5,000 to help tourism businesses that were affected by COVID-19 restrictions. The funding can be used for advertising or other restart expenses like personal protective equipment or cleaning supplies. The deadline to apply is 23 July 2021.


Businesses are eligible if their main business activity is 1 or more of the following:

  • tour operators
  • scenic and sightseeing transportation
  • outdoor adventure operators or outfitters
  • nature parks, amusement or theme parks, zoos and botanical gardens
  • recreational vehicle parks and campgrounds that didn’t qualify for the Tourism Accommodations Real Property Tax Rebate Program Part 1 or Part 2
  • travel agencies

Eligible applicants will be identified by their North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes and Tourism Nova Scotia’s listings of tourism businesses and attractions.

To qualify, businesses must also:

  • be registered as a sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation, society, social enterprise, not-for-profit, charity in business or other similar organization
  • employ fewer than 100 employees
  • pay the small business tax rate, if incorporated
  • be HST registered

Ineligible businesses

Golf clubs and courses aren’t eligible for the program.

Businesses also aren’t eligible if they’ve received funding from any of these programs:

  • Tourism Accommodations Real Property Tax Rebate Program Part 1 or Part 2
  • Small Business Impact Grant Part 3
  • Small Business Tax Rebate Program
  • Tourism Sector Financing Assistance Program

Funding amount

Eligible businesses will receive a 1-time grant of $5,000.

How to apply

Complete the application form. Applications close 23 July 2021.


Email: STORP@novascotia.ca