The Sarnia-region tourism sector received a more than $500,000 boost Tuesday from the provincial government to help it survive the economic downturn caused by COVID-19.
Lisa MacLeod, minister of heritage, sport, tourism and culture, announced the funding at the marina on Sarnia Bay.
The funding includes more than $22,000 for the Oil Museum of Canada in Oil Springs, $17,000 for the Moore Museum, $2,000 for the Sombra Museum, $19,000 for the South Western International Film Festival, nearly $60,000 for Victoria Playhouse Petrolia, $29,000 for the Bluewater Borderfest Music Festival and $30,800for the Centre Cultural Francophone Jolliett.
The Tourism and Culture sector relies on people gathering, travelling, and attending the arts. This funding is aimed at helping ensure they will still be there when they’re able to welcome visitors again.