CRA Decisions Put Camping In Canada At Risk

CRA Decisions Put Camping In Canada At Risk

On the eve of launching the 2016 camping season, family-run campgrounds across Ontario are receiving surprise tax bills that put the entire Canadian camping tradition at risk. The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has decided that some campgrounds are too small to qualify for the small business tax deduction, demanding tax payments at rates that are greater than those of billion-dollar businesses.

 

“Camping is about celebrating the great outdoors and is an integral part of our nation’s history and our identity as Canadians,” said Alexandra Anderson, Executive Director of Camping In Ontario. “Nearly 5.8 million Canadians go camping each year, along with numerous international visitors who want to experience the natural wonder of our country. We don’t want to believe that it is the CRA’s intention to destroy family-run campgrounds, but that’s exactly what will happen if their decisions are not reversed.”

 

Campgrounds in Ontario have begun receiving calls and letters from CRA warning them of reassessments in part because they are deemed not to qualify for the small business tax deduction since they employ fewer than five people.

 

Camping in Ontario – which represents 440 privately-owned campgrounds in Ontario – is working with the Canadian Federation of Independent Business to push the Department of Small Business and Tourism, Finance Canada and the CRA to implement changes that ensure campgrounds are recognized as small businesses and pay the same taxes as other small businesses.

 

Click here to read the full press release.

 

Elgin County Launches New Tourism Video

Elgin County is excited to announce the launch of its new tourism promotional video “Life is Beautiful in Elgin County”. Elgin is a place where kilometres of stunning shoreline meet soft sandy beaches, rolling country hills, lush green forest trails, and charming towns and villages. This video is an authentic visual snap shot of what life is like in Elgin County that showcases the area’s stunning landscapes, exciting recreational activities, and friendly people.

 

Click here to read more.

Inaugural spring cider, wine & beer event a celebration of Ontario’s South Coast

Orchard Affair 2Ontario South Coast Wineries and Growers’ Association (OSCWGA) is proudly announcing its premier spring event, An Orchard Affair. The event will feature 11 local wineries and breweries on the evening of May 14th at the Schuyler Farms orchard to celebrate Ontario’s South Coast ciders, wines and beers. Guests can sample drinks while indulging in Gator BBQ and enjoying a vibrant bluegrass band.

 

“Our region is already being recognized for its award-winning wine and craft beer and now our hard ciders are sharing the spotlight – infact we now have five hard cider producers in the region,” says Andrea Kilian, Administrator for the OSCWGA.  “We wanted to host an event where many of these delicious beverages start: on the farm, and what better place for a backdrop than an apple orchard in bloom. This is an important event for our association as it really showcases the diversity of the excellent products we produce in our region.”

 

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Ministry of Tourism, Culture & Sport Seeking Stakeholder Input at May 5th Session in London

The Ministry of Tourism, Culture & Sport (MTCS) is developing a Strategic Framework for Tourism in Ontario. In support of the framework, facilitated focus sessions on tourism are being held in communities across Ontario. Tourism stakeholders are being invited to attend one of the sessions and share their views about how to grow tourism in Ontario. Click here for more information on the sessions.

 

  • There is one session being held in our region – May 5th, 2016 – London Convention Centre, London, ON

 

Registration is required to attend the session, please click here to register.

 

For those looking to attend the sessions, please review the Strategic Framework Discussion Guide and Session Preparation documents for more information.

Sarnia RiverWalk 24/7/365 Project

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Riverwalk 24/7/365 is a proposed project to celebrate Sarnia’s unique place and historic role in building Canada as part of Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017. This is a place that everyone can
enjoy 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, without admission.

 

The proposal gives meaning to the existing waterfront trail along Sarnia Bay to create an intimate experience with maritime activities on the river – a location currently only possible at the Bluewater Bridge in Point Edward.

 

Click here to read more.

 

Tourism London & London Music Office present Two Showcases at Canadian Music Week 2016

Tourism London in collaboration with the London Music Office is proud to present two artist showcases at Canadian Music Week 2016 in Toronto. A London is On! country artist showcase will take place on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at the Cadillac Lounge, 1296 Queen Street and a multi-genre London is On! Showcase will take place on Friday, May 6, 2016 at UG3, 365 King St. West. Tickets for the showcase are on sale at www.cmw.net/music for $10.00 in advance. Both showcases are 19+.

 

Click here to read more and see the line-up.

Eat & Drink Norfolk showcases the best of Norfolk County

EatDrinkNorfolk16“Eat & Drink Norfolk” was recently held on Thursday, April 7, Friday, April 8 and Saturday, April 9, 2016 at the Aud on the Norfolk County Fairgrounds. Held for the 7th year in a row, the three day event saw record crowds of over 4500 fill the Aud. Over 40 vendors from throughout Norfolk County served a wide variety of delectable food, wine, and beer while watching the antics of the Fairly Fat Guys on stage and listening to a number of local favourite musicians including With the Dudes, Maddie Ball, Felicia McMinn, Evan Champagne and Grey Sky. “We are grateful for the support we get from the community for this fundraiser. After seven years, we continue to see people attending for the first time and hear them say they wished they had been coming all along. We also have fans who attend all three days to be sure they sample all that’s available!” stated Special Events Manager Chantal Zorad.

 

“Eat & Drink Norfolk” was recently named one of Ontario’s Top 100 Festivals & Events for the second year in a row. “This prestigious provincial recognition is proof that we’re doing all of the right things to provide a memorable experience.” stated Zorad.

 

Click here to read the full press release.

Eat & Drink Norfolk – GET A TASTE OF NORFOLK

March 31, 2016 Simcoe – The Norfolk County Agricultural Society is excited to announce that “Eat & Drink Norfolk” is back for its seventh consecutive year. Dates for this year’s event are Thursday, April 7th from 5:00 pm to 10pm

, Friday, April 8h from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm and open again on Saturday April 8th from 12 noon until 10:00 pm.

 

Continuing to ride the wave of success, “Eat & Drink Norfolk” was recently named one of Ontario’s Top 100 Festivals & Events for the second year in a row. “The community has wholeheartedly supported this event from its very first year. This support along with the dedication of our vendors, staff, volunteers and sponsor partners has resulted in a truly amazing event. Being named one of the Top 100 Festivals & Events in Ontario is icing on the cake” states Zorad.

 

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Ontario’s Southwest 2015 Year In Review

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2015 was a great year for the tourism industry as a whole in Canada, Ontario, and especially here in Ontario’s Southwest. Marketing continues to promote and help bring a growing amount of interest for our region’s amazing product offerings with more ambitious campaigns each year. A brand new, completely refreshed regional consumer website was launched and we introduced a free to use online media library tool. We worked closely with partners on numerous projects to expand our region’s offerings, and we facilitated learning opportunities for partners to help strengthen our tourism workforce. A big thank you to all of our partners, we couldn’t have accomplished any of this without you.

 

Click here to view our full 2015 Year in Review summary.